Communication Studies

CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication
3 credits (AS)

This is an introductory survey course focused on the study of human communication. Students will examine the process of communication to better understand self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and public interaction. This course provides the building blocks for further study in each of these areas. (Offered fall term)

CM 121 Effective Speaking
3 credits (AS)

Students will learn the fundamentals of effective speaking through the preparation and in-class presentation of numerous short speeches. Consideration is given to general communication patterns, particularly persuasion. This course is an All-College graduation requirement. (Offered fall and spring terms)

CM 210 Interpersonal Communication
3 credits (AS)

Interpersonal communication lies at the heart of all relationships. In this course students will examine interpersonal communication, including the presentation of the self; the development and maintenance of relationships; the management of interpersonal conflict; and the impact of individual communication styles and competencies in each of these areas. By studying interpersonal communication students can better understand themselves and others as individuals and as partners in relationships. (Offered fall term)

CM 211 Introduction to Broadcasting
3 credits (CS)

This course provides an introduction to the world of radio and television broadcasting by combining a foundation of classroom study with hands-on experience at WITC, the Cazenovia College radio station. Students will learn the fundamentals of on-air performance. (Offered fall and spring terms)

CM 220 Group Communication
3 credits (AS)

This course examines communication and social interaction in small groups. Students will gain an understanding of group communication and improve their skills as effective group members. Topics covered will include: the structure and creation of groups and teams; listening and communication strategies; creative and critical thinking in groups; management of conflict within the group; and problem solving. (Offered alternate spring terms)

CM 230 Nonverbal Communication
3 credits (AS)

Does what you wear communicate? Does where you stand communicate? Students in this course will examine communication beyond verbal interaction. Topics covered will include: expression, movement, and other types of personal presentation; proxemics and physical environment; touch; immediacy; and clues about deception. The impact of social roles and status will also be addressed throughout the course. (Offered alternate spring terms)

CM 231 Introduction to Journalism
3 credits (AS)

This course focuses on gathering information, reporting, and writing the news. All students in the course will participate in the writing and production of The Quad, the Cazenovia College student newspaper. Students will learn to work on deadline, use language correctly, and will gain a sense of news style and format. Students will also examine social and policy issues that shape our news environment. (Offered fall and spring terms)

CM 240 Multicultural Communication
3 credits (AS)

Our culture has a substantial impact on our understanding of ourselves, others, and the world. Culture provides our context, and differences in cultural backgrounds resonate in the communication process. Students in this course will examine communication in the multicultural society of the United States and in the global community. Through a series of readings and activities students will focus on: the spread of Western popular culture; power, discrimination, and conflict; and ideas about beauty, sexuality, status, and disability. The goal is to improve competence as both communicators and citizens of the world. (Offered alternate spring terms)

CM 301 Speech and Rhetoric
3 credits (AS)

The purpose of this course is to improve written and spoken communication, to recognize and practice the relationship between the two, and to deepen the understanding of the discourse and the creation of meaning in a range of contexts. Building on skills and principles taught in CM 121 Effective Speaking and EN 201 Academic Writing II, topics covered will include: oral presentation; the effective use of language; writing and research; group facilitation and inclusive decision making; interviewing and the presentation of self; writing and research; and appropriate application of rhetorical strategies. Emphasis throughout the course is on practical application and the empowerment of students to express themselves well and with confidence. (Offered fall and spring) Prerequisites: CM 121 Effective Speaking, EN 201 Academic Writing II.

CM 302 Communication Concepts and Theory
3 credits (AS)

What is the nature of human communication? What are the obvious and not-so-obvious assumptions behind the words we use? The goal of this course is to better understand the communication process and to harness that understanding to improve our participation in relationships and our awareness of both our public and private worlds. Students will review and compare leading theories about verbal and nonverbal communication and will apply those theories to analyze a range of human behaviors, public policies, and social problems. (Offered alternate fall terms) Prerequisites: CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication, EN 201 Academic Writing II.

CM 313 Debate
3 credits (AS)

Want to be heard? Want to learn to advocate for the things you care about? This course will allow participating students to better understand the role of public advocacy and debate, and to build related communication skills.  Topics covered will include: critical thinking, advocacy and reasoning, techniques in argumentation, and defense strategies. The course will conclude with participation in the annual Great Debate on the Cazenovia College campus. (Offered spring term)  Prerequisites: CM 121 Effective Speaking, EN 201 Academic Writing II, or permission of the instructor.

CM 320 Communication in the Mass Media
3 credits (AS)

We are a media-saturated society. The purpose of this course is to gain perspective about the role of the media in our lives. Students will explore the development of mass communication and the impact of television, radio, the Internet, news, popular music, and cinema on our perception of reality and our judgment of what is important. Students will also consider the depiction of gender and ethnicity in the media, the distortion of fame, media ownership, commercialism, freedom of expression, and the huge role of the media in modern elections. (Offered alternate fall terms) Prerequisite: EN 101 Academic Writing I.

CM 331 Feature Writing and Editing   
3 credits (AS)

The purpose of this course is to advance journalistic writing and editing skills. Students will explore a broad range of writing styles. The course will also focus on assignment and copy editing. Students will undertake an in-depth examination of the news values that guide story development in relation to the campus community. Students will also learn peer review and copy-editing techniques. This course will prepare students for leadership positions on the staff of The Quad. (Offered spring terms) Prerequisite: CM 231 Introduction to Journalism.

CM 341 Intermediate Broadcast Production
3 credits (CS)

This course provides students with an opportunity to advance their broadcast production skills. Students will lead production of weekly programs on WITC, and will also engage in semester-length projects in audio and video production. (Offered spring terms) Prerequisite: CM 211 Introduction to Broadcasting.

CM 410 Advocacy and Public Communication
3 credits (AS)

This course will examine the importance of public communication for social change, participation, the expression of power, and crisis management. Topics covered will include: the primary methods of public communication; the fundamentals of policy creation at both the local and national level; the role of individuals and groups in promoting solutions to large problems; and effective advocacy strategies. Specific examples of successful advocacy and practical application of concepts will be emphasized throughout the course. (Offered fall terms) Prerequisites: CM 121 Effective Speaking, EN 201 Academic Writing II.

CM 420 Persuasion
3 credits (AS)

Persuasion is everywhere. This course will examine key theories and concepts about persuasion in a variety of contexts including personal interaction, politics, advertising, and the media. The student will consider visual images, language, reasoning, and motivation to gain awareness and understanding about the positive and negative force of persuasive communication. (Offered alternate spring terms) Prerequisites: CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication and EN 201 Academic Writing II, or permission of the instructor.

CM 430 Organizational Communication
3 credits (AS)

The professional and civic world is a matrix of organizations. By understanding the structure, culture and communication environment of various organizations students can be more effective in both their professional and civic lives. This course will examine a range of theories and concepts about management and communication culture in various organizations. The role of leadership, interpersonal relationships, and ethical participation in organizations will be important throughout the course. The course will also introduce students to the use of the communication audit as a research tool. (Offered alternate fall terms) Prerequisites: CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication and EN 201 Academic Writing II, or permission of the instructor.

CM 440 Advanced Topics in Communication
3 credits (AS)

This course will explore key advanced areas in the study of communication and rhetoric. Students will deepen their understanding of core communication concepts and their application in a range of contexts with a particular focus on power, ethics and social justice. Course material will be drawn from both historical and current media resources. (Offered alternate spring terms) Prerequisites: EN 201 Academic Writing II, or permission of the instructor.

CM 441 Media Management
3 credits (AS)

This course will provide students with the tools needed to take up leadership roles in media production-based projects, on campus and elsewhere. While the course will involve some media production, the focus will be on honing skills in project and personnel management. The course will pay particular attention to management techniques in non-commercial ('third sector') settings, including issues such as volunteer recruitment/management and grant-writing. Prerequisite: CM 211 Introduction to Broadcasting, or CM 231 Introduction to Journalism; course requires upper-level standing or consent of instructor.

CM 481 Communication Internship
3 credits (AS)

This course is designed to provide upper level students in the Communication Studies program with the opportunity to further develop and apply their knowledge in the professional world. Students will participate in a structured, supervised internship experience at an appropriate venue related to the communication field. Opportunity for support and reflection will be provided through interaction with course faculty and other participating students. (Offered fall and spring terms) Prerequisites: CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication, EN 201 Academic Writing II, and CM 301 Speech and Rhetoric, or permission of the instructor.