COMMUNICATION STUDIES (CST)

Associate Professors: Patterson, Piehl;
Assistant Professors: Knox, Nelson, L. (Chair), Niedzwiecki, Rodrick, Siefkas, Tollefson, 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 21 credit minor. An additional elective course or courses in the minor must be taken to complete the 21 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
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Business, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 450 (3-6 credits) or 499. Required: CST 230, 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 332, and 336. At least nine credits from the following: CST 232, 252, 291, 330, 334, 354, 399, 400, 412, 450, 491, PSY 341, 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
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 450 (3-6 credits) or 499. Required: CST 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 260, 350, and 360. At least nine credits from the following: CST 230, 291, 252, 354, 362, 370, 399, 400, 412, 450, 460, 491, PSY 341, 376. 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: Rhetoric and Public Communication Emphasis
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 450 (3-6 credits) or 499. Required: CST 210, 310, 312 or 314, and 412. At least nine credits from the following: CST 270, 291, 316, 399, 400, 410, 414, 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
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 40 credits. Core requirement: CST 190, 290, 300, and 450 (3-6 credits) or 499. Required: CST 170, 272, 274, 275*, 370, and 471. At least five credits from the following: CST 270, 273*, 291*, 371, 372*, 374*, 376, 399, 400, 450, 472, 474, 480, 491; ENG 322, 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
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Business, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 21 credits. Required courses (12 credits): CST 230, 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 332, and 336. Electives (at least nine credits from the following): CST 190, 232, 252, 290, 291, 300, 330, 334, 354, 399, 400, 412, 491, PSY 341, REC 430. No more than three credits of the minimum 21 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

Public Relations and Organizational Communication Minor
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Business, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 21 credits. Required courses (12 credits): CST 250 (or PSY 343 or SOC 334), 260, 350, and 360. Electives (at least nine credits from the following): CST 190, 230, 252, 290, 291, 300, 354, 362, 370, 399, 400, 412, 460, 491; PSY 341, 376. No more than three credits of the minimum 21 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

Rhetoric and Public Communication Minor
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Business, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 21 credits. Required courses (12 credits): CST 210, 310, 312 or 314, and 412. Electives (at least nine credits) from the following courses: CST 190, 270, 290, 291, 300, 316, 399, 400, 410, 414, 491, ANT 350, POL 307, ENG 333, 444, PSY 436, THA 222. No more than three credits of the minimum 21 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

Telecommunication Minor
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Business, and Health, Physical Education and Recreation not enrolled in certifiable programs) - 21 credits. Required courses (16 credits): CST 170, 272, 274, 275*, 370, 471. Electives (at least five credits) from the following: CST 190, 270, 273*, 290, 291*, 300, 371, 372*, 374*, 376, 399, 400, 472, 474, 480, 491, THA 340, ENG 322, POL 304. No more than three credits of the minimum 21 credit total may be earned in courses offered by departments other than CST.

 

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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. Offered Sem. I.

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 which occur in our society. Emphasis is placed on learning and practicing the communication principles and processes inherent in the following forms of interviews: media/journalistic, information gathering, health/counseling, employment, performance appraisal, persuasive and survey research interviews. Prerequisite: CST 190 or 230 or 250. Declared CST major or minor. Offered Sem. I.

CST 260 Cr. 3
Professional Communication
A course on the study and application of effective professional communication skills and principles in organizational settings. While studying principles of organizational communication, students will enhance their abilities to plan and deliver oral messages in interpersonal (including interviewing), small group (including training), and presentational situations. Practice in using e-mail and presentational software will further enhance students' professional communication competency. Prerequisites: 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. I, 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. No student may earn more than four credits in CST applied courses.

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: 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 and completion of 15 credits of CST courses. Offered Sem. II.

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 Sem. II, alternate years.

CST 314 Cr. 3
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 110, ENG 110, junior standing, and completion of General Education Humanistic Studies requirements. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

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 Sem. II, alternate years.

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, body movement, etc. will be considered in the analysis of messages in various interpersonal contexts. Prerequisite: CST 110. 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. Prerequisite: CST 230. Offered Sem. I.

CST 350 Cr. 3
Organizational Communication
Current approaches to the study of communication processes within and between organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the communicative building blocks which constitute organizations and organizational membership (i.e., interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, corporate advocacy). Prerequisite: CST 250 or 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 110.

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. Offered Sem. I.

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. II, 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.

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 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 391 Cr. 1
Practical Applications in Communication Studies
Students will work in a relatively unstructured manner as members of a group in order to develop, propose, deliver, and evaluate a presentation on some topic of communication studies to a specified audience. Prerequisites: at least 15 but no more than 21 completed credits of communication studies course work. Pass/Fail grading.

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 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: At least one course from PHL 100, CST 170, 230, 310, 360; PHL 100 recommended. Students may only earn credit in CST or PHL. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. (Cross-listed with PHL 400.)

CST 410 Cr. 3
Argumentation and Debate II
Understanding the theory of argument through a study of evidence, reasoning, and fallacies. Practice in individual and group argumentative speaking and parliamentary procedure. Prerequisite: CST 110, 310. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

CST 412 Cr. 3
Persuasion
Contemporary theory and research on persuasion, focusing upon both single presentations and coordinated campaigns. Includes speaking projects designed to modify attitudes and behavior. Prerequisites: junior standing, CST 110. Offered Sem. I.

CST 414 Cr. 3
History of Rhetoric
Investigates the development of rhetorical (communication) theory and practice in relation to the Classical, Medieval, Renaissance and Neoclassical periods of the Western intellectual tradition and in relation to the development of media from primary orality through script to print. Emphasis on reading works of theory and practice influential in each period. Prerequisites: CST 110, ENG 110, junior standing, and completion of General Education Humanistic Studies requirements. Offered Sem II, alternate years.

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. To fulfill the Senior Project Core Requirement for the CST major, students must register for at least three credits, complete an analytical research based paper relating the internship experience to the student's academic preparation, and make an oral presentation of the paper to the faculty. 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.

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 communciations are studied. Students carry out advanced creative problems in video production and direction. Preparation, production, and evaluation of various program styles are examined. Prerequisite: CST 274 or 374.

CST 480 Cr. 3
Telecommunication Media and Modern Society
This course is designed to explore the inter-relationships which exist between the telecommunication media and the diverse facets of modern society; to examine the rights, responsibilties 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. Each student must work with an appropriate faculty supervisor in his/her selected emphasis area. Prerequisites: senior CST major, completion of CST 300, completion of at least 24 credits of CST courses, prior consent of an appropriate faculty supervisor, and prior departmental approval of the project. Students and faculty supervisors are responsible for submitting project proposals for departmental approval prior to registration. Contact the department for information about the approval process.