COMMUNICATION STUDIES (CST)

 

College of Liberal Studies

School of Arts and Communication
Department Chair: Laura Nelson
Room 344 Center for the Arts, 608-785-8519

e-mail: nelson.laur@uwlax.edu

Web site: www.uwlax.edu/CommStudies

 

Associate Professors: Knox, Niedzwiecki, Patterson, Piehl, Tollefson; Assistant Professors: Dickmeyer, Nelson, L., Rodrick, Siefkas, Swanson, D., Turner; Instructor: Comeau; Lecturers: Kemmer, Oppreicht, Putz.

 

 

CST majors may choose any minor offered by the CST department that does not duplicate the emphasis they have selected for their CST major. Courses counted toward the 40 credit major, while they may fulfill requirements for that minor, may not be counted in the minor. An additional elective course or courses in the minor must be taken to complete the 24 credits required in that minor. Students who combine a CST major with a minor also offered by the CST Department must complete 61 credits of courses in CST programs.

 

Communication Studies Major: Interpersonal Communication Emphasis

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 499. Required: CST 230, 332 or 334, 336, and 430. At least nine credits from the following: CST 232, 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 252, 291, 330, 332, 334, 354, 399, 400, 412, 450, 491, REC 430. Electives (maximum nine credits) from courses included by any of the four disciplinary emphases. Up to six credits of the minimum 40 credit total may be earned in courses offered by other departments which have been approved as relevant in the disciplinary emphases.

 

Communication Studies Major: Public Relations and Organizational Communication Emphasis

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 499. Required: CST 260, 350, 360, 452 or 460. At least nine credits from the following: CST 230, 250, 252, 291, 354, 362, 370, 399, 400, 412, 450, 452 or 460 (whichever was not used as a required course), 491. Electives (maximum nine credits) from courses included by any of the four disciplinary emphases. Up to six credits of the minimum 40 credit total may be earned in courses offered by other departments which have been approved as relevant in the disciplinary emphases.

 

Communication Studies Major: Persuasion and Public Communication Emphasis

(All colleges, exluding Teacher Certification programs) — 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 499. Required: CST 310, 315, 412, 415. At least nine credits from the following: CST 210, 270, 291, 312, 316, 399, 400, 410, 450, 491, ANT 350, POL 307, ENG 333, 444, PSY 436, THA 222. Electives (maximum nine credits) from courses included by any of the four disciplinary emphases. Up to six credits of the minimum 40 credit total may be earned in courses offered by other departments which have been approved as relevant in the disciplinary emphases.

 

Communication Studies Major: Telecommunication Emphasis

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 499. Required: CST 170, 272, 274, 275*, 370 or 375, and 471. At least five credits from the following: CST 270, 273*, 291*, 370 or 375 (whichever was not used as a required course), 371, 372*, 374*, 375, 376, 399, 400, 450, 472, 474, 480, 491; ENG 325, POL 304, THA 340. Electives (maximum nine credits) from courses included by any of the four disciplinary emphases. Up to six credits of the minimum 40 credit total may be earned in courses offered by other departments which have been approved as relevant in the disciplinary emphases.

 

Interpersonal Communication Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits. Required: CST 190, 230, 332 or 334, 336, and 430. Electives (at least nine credits from the following): CST 232, 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 252, 290, 291, 300, 330, 332, 334, 354, 399, 400, 412, 491, PSY 341, REC 430. No more than three credits of the minimum 24 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

 

Public Relations and Organizational Communication Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits. Required: CST 190, 260, 350, 360, 452 or 460. Electives (at least nine credits from the following): CST 230, 250, 252, 290, 291, 300, 354, 362, 370, 399, 400, 412, 452 or 460 (whichever was not used as a required course), and 491.

 

Persuasion and Public Communication Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits. Required: CST 190, 310, 315, 412, and 415. Electives (at least nine credits from the following): CST 190, 210, 212, 270, 290, 291, 300, 312, 316, 399, 400, 410, 491, ANT 350, POL 307, ENG 333, 444, PSY 436, THA 222. No more than three credits of the minimum 24 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

 

Telecommunication Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits. Required: CST 170, 190, 272, 274, 275*, 370 or 375, 471. Electives (at least five credits from the following): CST 270, 273*, 290, 291*, 300, 370, 371, 372*, 374*, 370 or 375 (whichever was not used as a required course) 376, 399, 400, 472, 474, 480, 491, THA 340, ENG 325, POL 304. No more than three credits of the minimum 24 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

 

 

  

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

 

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CST        110                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Essentials of Speech Communication

Development of oral communication skills, including listening skills, through the process of research, analysis, organization, oral presentation and audience reception of messages in selected projects.

 

CST        170                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Telecommunication Media Literacy

Practice and analysis of “reading” the media to discover how they both reflect and lead society. Criteria for evaluating media content relative to influences and consequences of various programming formats including news, talk, entertainment, and advertising. Course is designed for

non-majors as well as majors.

 

CST        190                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Communication Studies

An introduction to the professional study of communication, including detailed exploration of factors involved in the communication process, effects of media on the communication process, and the importance of the communication process in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, and intercultural contexts. Prerequisite: CST 110.

 

CST        210                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Presentational Speaking

This course is designed to enhance students’ abilities in developing, delivering, and evaluating oral informative and persuasive presentations. In doing so, the focus of theoretical discussion and practical application will be on the use of audience analysis in adapting to presentational situations, source material in developing oral messages, effective organizational designs, oral rather than written language style, advanced presentational aids including media technology, enhanced vocal and physical presentational skills, and appropriate criteria for evaluation. Prerequisite: CST 110.

 

CST        230                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

A study of communication in relatively unstructured situations, such as in conversation, on the job, in peer groups, in relationships, and in the family. Students participate in activities designed to enhance communicative awareness and skills in interpersonal contexts. Factors such as gender, culture, and ethnic origin are considered.

Prerequisite: CST 110.

 

CST        232                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Listening

An analysis of the process of listening in various contexts of communication situations, including work, home, and school. Emphasis on the nature, barriers, dimensions (purposes), theory and research, measurement and evaluation of listening, with the goal of becoming a more effective listener. Prerequisite: CST 110. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        250                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Small Group Communication

Students will study small group communication theories and processes by observing and participating in small groups. As small group participants, students will apply communication theory to enhance their effectiveness as small group communicators. Prerequisite: CST 110. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are enrolled in PSY 343 (Group Dynamics) and/or SOC 334 (Sociology of Small Groups).

 

CST 252                                                                                                                                            Cr. 3

Interviewing Principles and Processes

This course is designed to enhance understanding of and participation in a range of interviews that occur in our society. Students will increase their proficiency in participating in interviews, both as an interviewer and interviewee. Emphasis is placed on learning effective communication skills and practicing the communication principles inherent in the following forms of interviews: employment (including portfolio presentation), performance review, persuasive, information gathering, and journalistic. Students will also learn how to critically examine interview behaviors. Prerequisite: CST 190 or 230 or 260. Declared CST major or minor. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        260                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Professional Communication

This course is an introduction to professional communication. The course focuses on developing communication skills and learning communication principles important to an organizational setting. Students will improve essential verbal and nonverbal communicative skills that are needed to succeed in their careers. While studying organizational processes, students will enhance their abilities to plan and deliver professional informative and persuasive messages. Students will also learn how to conduct effective training sessions and how to use current presentational software and technology. Prerequisite: CST 110.

 

CST        270                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Broadcast Announcing

An examination of broadcast communication principles and effective announcing techniques. Laboratory and broadcast experiences designed to cultivate announcing skills and to lead to the development of an effective on-air personality. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

  

CST        272                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Radio Production

Introduction to broadcasting; analysis of programs and audiences; directed experiences in organizations, writing, production, directions, and performances of basic radio programs. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        273                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Applied Radio

Practical experience in developing broadcasting skills as staff members of WLSU-FM. Repeatable for elective credit — maximum 4. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. No student may earn more than four credits in CST applied courses. Offered Sem. II.

  

CST        274                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Television Production

Theory and practice of television including basic program types, equipment and staff organization, studio procedures, and production problems.  Lect. 2, Studio 2.

 

CST        275                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Applied Television

Practical experience in developing skills in television programming as staff members of WMCM-TV. Repeatable for elective credit — maximum 4. No student may earn more than 4 credits in CST applied courses.

 

CST        290                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Research Tools for Communication Studies

Familiarizes students with various sites and sources of information. Introduces students to various tools for locating general information as well as information in the discipline. Develops students’ skills in using these tools to conduct research. Provides students with training in evaluation of information sources. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CST 190 strongly recommended.

 

CST        291                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Participation in Communication Studies Activities

Individual projects with a focus on participation in individual speaking events, interpretative projects, or debate. Projects are designed in consultation with the appropriate faculty member with approval of the department chair. Prerequisite: must be approved and supervised by department faculty. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Students who register for CST 291 are required to register in the same manner and within the same time limit as for registration in other courses.

 

CST        300                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Theory and Research in Communication Studies

Examines the role of theory construction and research in communication studies, including purposes, process, types of research methods, criteria for evaluation of theories and research, and ethical issues in research. Investigates themes of theory and research common to all emphasis areas in the CST program, such as message construction, mediation of messages, and persuasion. Prerequisites: CST 110, 190, 290, ENG 110, MTH 205 or 250 and completion of 15 credits of CST courses.

 

CST        310                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Argumentation and Debate I

An introductory course covering the concepts, formats and strategies of debating. Emphasis is on the development of personal skills of argumentation. Prerequisite: CST 110. Offered Sem. I.

  

CST        312                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Analysis of Significant Speeches and Speakers

Speakers and speeches that have had a significant impact will be viewed or heard and evaluated. Speakers include women and minorities. Types of speeches include inaugurals, political keynotes, war-related speeches, speeches of self defense and special occasion speeches. Methods of criticism include neo-Aristotelian, Fantasy Theme analysis, Burke’s dramatistic pentad, metaphoric criticism and feminist criticism. Prerequisite: CST 110. Offered occasionally.

 

CST        315                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Analysis of Public Discourse

Public discourse analysis, a fundamental practice in Communication Studies, investigates why messages succeed or fail in achieving the purposes for which they have been designed. Students learn to conduct systematic analysis that considers key elements of messages (language, organization, content, informative and persuasive communication strategies, visual images, choice of medium, etc.) in relation to intended audiences and specific contexts of those messages. Students apply the basic method of rhetorical analysis to specific examples of public discourse, which may include speeches, commercials, public service announcements, web pages. etc. Prerequisites: CST 190 and completion of General Education Humanistic Studies requirements. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        316                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Literature in Performance

Theory and practice of analyzing and understanding literary texts as exemplary communication acts through solo performance. Participants learn to analyze various types of literary texts (prose, drama and poetry) for information relevant to performance and then to use appro-priate techniques in performing these texts. Participants observe and critique their own and others’ performances. Prerequisites: CST 110; ENG 110 and completion of General Education Humanistic Studies requirement. Offered occasionally.

 

CST        330                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Nonverbal Communication

This course is designed to explore the various dimensions of nonverbal communication in human interaction. Such factors as proxemics, touch, face and eye behavior, vocal behavior, bodily movement, etc. will be considered in the analysis of messages in various interpersonal contexts. Prerequisite: CST 190. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        332                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Intercultural Communication

The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the study of cultures and their effects on communication. Cultural, socio-cultural, psychocultural and environmental influences will be explored in terms of how they affect the communication process. Communication behavior (both verbal and nonverbal) will be examined to determine its role in other cultures. Students will learn to communicate more competently with people from other cultures and ethnic groups. Prerequisite: CST 110. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        334                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Women, Men and Communication

Explores the theory and practice of communication between men and women. Focuses on understanding the similarities and differences of communicative behaviors (verbal, nonverbal, power, conflict and listening) among men and women in various contexts such as intimate relationships, friendships, educational settings, the work place and media. Prerequisite: CST 230 or  W-S 100. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        336                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Family Communication

To provide an investigation of how communication relates to all aspects of family life, including such areas as marriage types, power and intimacy in the marital relationship, changes in the marital roles, myths and metaphors of the family, and the transformation of the “typical” American family. Prerequisites: CST 190 and 230.

 

CST        350                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Organizational Communication

This course is an examination and exploration of practical applications of communication theories within the framework of an organization (e.g., industrial, educational, governmental, or public service). Particular attention will be given to techniques for diagnosing communication problems, as well as strategies for implementing change in organizational communication in order to increase organizational effectiveness. Students will enhance their organizational communication skills as participants and observers. Prerequisite: CST 190 and 260.

 

CST        354                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Health Communication

This course provides students with basic knowledge and skills essential for communicating in the health and medical professions. Topics include the role of interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication in health care, ethical and legal aspects of health communication, and communication strategies for encouraging patient/client compliance and working with special needs patients. Prerequisite: CST 110. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        360                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public Relations

An introductory study of the field of public relations, dealing with the effect of public opinion on an organization and its actions, the various publics of an organization, and the channels of communication used in current public relations practices. Prerequisite: CST 190.

 

CST        362                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Public Relations Tools and Strategies

This course provides student training in skills of persuasion and communication as used in the public relations profession. An emphasis is placed on effective tools of public relations and media utilized by public relations practitioners. Prerequisite: CST 360. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        370                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Telecommunication Media Writing

A laboratory course in the preparation and presentation of news and continuity programs for the electronic media. Consideration of and practice in writing interviews, documentaries, newscasts, commercials, public service announcements, and dramatic programs. Planning and preparation of special audio and visual materials. Prerequisite: ENG 110.

 

CST        371                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Audience Research

An introduction to the subject of making decisions about media. The selection and use of media to fulfill marketing objectives and strategy as well as audience studies to describe appeals of the various media to the public; readership and listenership. A discussion of studies to predict audience behavior. Offered Sem. I, alternate years.

 

CST        372                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Radio Workshop

Specialized work in radio news, public affairs, special events programming, and operations on WLSU-FM. Students will work in the area of their choice, refining skills in practical daily radio station operation. Prerequisite: CST 273. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        374                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Television Workshop

Specialized work in television, emphasizing experience for students in the roles of producer and executive producer for WMCM-TV.  Lect. 1-3, Studio 2-6. Prerequisite: CST 274 or 275. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

 CST        375                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Telecommunication Media News Writing

Preparation of news stories, newscasts, and news features for the specialized requirements of a broadcast station’s news department. Assignments will be directed toward providing students with the abilities needed to assist in producing actual news programming on a typical broadcast facility. Prerequisites: CST 110 and ENG 110.

 

CST        376                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Remote Video Operations

This course is an introduction to remote video production. It is designed to give the student a theoretical and practical background in on-location productions and basic editing techniques. Remote productions may consist of: news packages, sports highlights, a mini-documentary, and on-location interviews. Offered Sem. I, alternate years.

 

CST        399                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Independent Study in Communication Studies

Directed individual communication studies projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Must be approved and supervised by department faculty and have the consent of the executive committee of the department. Prerequisites: nine credits in communication studies courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

 

CST/PHL   400                                                                                                                                Cr. 3

Ethical and Legal Issues in Communication Studies

Examines ethical and legal aspects of personal and professional communication behavior in interpersonal, organizational, and public contexts. Considers such controversial topics as lying, confidentiality, and freedom of speech. Familiarizes students with ethical principles, laws, and regulations that apply to both personal and professional communication, whether it is conducted face to face or through telecommunication media. Assists students in applying their knowledge of ethical principles, laws, and regulations in making specific decisions about communication behavior. Prerequisites: CST 190 and PHL 100 and senior standing. (Cross-listed with PHL; may only earn credit in CST or PHL. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        410                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Argumentation and Debate II

Examines elements and strategies of argumentation. Focuses on evidence, reasoning, fallacies, and methods of argument analysis. Practice in individual and group argumentation, including parliamentary procedure. Prerequisite: CST 310. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        412                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Persuasion

Contemporary theory and research in persuasion, focusing on coordinated campaigns, Includes focus on persuasive strategies, appeals, audience adaptation, and ethics. Prerequisites: CST 190, junior standing.

 

CST        415                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Methods of Rhetorical Criticism

Prominent twentieth century methods of rhetorical criticism, such as neo-Aristotelian, historical/biographical, dramatistic, generic, and ideologically based approaches, are examined in-depth to determine elements of analysis and criteria for evaluation used by each. Students apply methods to examples of public discourse to analyze and evaluate messages. Prerequisites: CST 315. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        430                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Communication

An in-depth exploration of interpersonal communication theories and applications in particular relational contexts such as family, friendships, intimate relationships, and work relationships. Theories and research methods used by noted interpersonal communication scholars will be discussed and critiqued. Topics covered may include attraction, relationship development and dissolution, relationship maintenance, dysfunctional relationships, intimacy, and friendship. Prerequisites: CST 190, 230, and at least one of the following 300 level CST courses: 300, 330, 332, 334, 336. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        450                                                                                                                                         Cr. 1-6

Internship in Communication Studies

An academically relevant work experience focusing on career development through professional contexts. Students pursue practical applications of course work in government, public or social service, public relations, business, industry, or related areas. A written report  assessing the internship experience in relation to the student’s  academic preparation is required. Credit depends on the demands and complexity and the duration of the work that the student performs. Each student must work with an appropriate faculty supervisor in his/her selected emphasis area. Evaluation is a joint effort of the cooperating firm or group, the faculty supervisor, and the Cooperative Education Internship liaison. Prerequisites: senior CST major, completion of CST 300, at least 24 completed credits in Communication Studies, prior consent of an appropriate faculty supervisor, and prior departmental approval of the internship. Students and faculty supervisors are responsible for submitting internship proposals for departmental approval prior to registration. Contact the department for information about the approval process. Prerequisites: senior CST major, at least 24 completed credits in CST, prior consent of an appropriate faculty supervisor, and prior departmental approval of the internship.

 

CST        452                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Contemporary Approaches to Organizational Communication

This course is an investigation of state-of-the art theoretical approaches to understanding organizational communication. Particular attention is paid to how changes in our metaphorical understanding of organizations transform the nature of both communicating in organizations and the organizing process. The impact of new technologies on organizational communication is also considered. Students will learn how to use multiple perspectives to enhance their understanding of organizational communication. Prerequisite: CST 350. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        460                                                                                                                                         Cr. 3

Planning, Implementing and Evaluating the Public Relations Campaign

This course examines the nature, role and processes of public relations. Research, planning, and evaluation will be used to implement a public relations campaign. Teams of students will plan and implement a complete public relations campaign for an organization or company. Prerequisite: CST 360. Offered Sem II, alternate years.

 

CST        471                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Telecommunication Media Management

A study of the operation and management functions of the broadcast media. Special emphasis on the problematic situations confronted by managers of the various departments within the broadcast industry. Prerequisite: CST 273 or 275. Offered Sem. II.

 

CST        472                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Audio Production

Students carry out advanced creative problems in audio production and direction. Preparation, production and evaluation of various audio programs. Lect. 2, Studio 2. Prerequisite: CST 272. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        474                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Advanced Video Production

The advanced theories and practices in video communications are studied. Students carry out advanced creative problems in video production and direction. The preparation, production, and evaluation of various program styles are examined. Lect. 2, Studio 2. Prerequisite: CST 274 or 374. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

CST        480                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Telecommunication Media and Modern Society

This course is designed to explore the interrelationships which exist between the telecommunication media and the diverse facets of modern society; to examine the rights, responsibilities and characteristics of the media and the media practitioner, as well as the characteristics and responsibilities of the audience and of the society. Prerequisites: CST 170, junior standing. Offered Sem. I.

 

CST        491                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Special Topics in Communication Studies

Study in a selected area of communication studies. Varying topics will be offered at intervals, with a specific title assigned to each. For current content and credit assignment, consult the instructor or department chair. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.

 

CST        499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Senior Project in Communication Studies

Either an individual investigation of a specific research question resulting in a formal written research report and its oral presentation to the faculty, or an individual applied production project accompanied by a formal written record of the production process and its oral presentation to the faculty. In addition to the course instructor each student must work with an appropriate faculty mentor in his/her selected emphasis area. Prerequisites: senior CST major, completion of CST 300, and completion of at least 24 credits of CST courses.