Communication Courses

CT 1120. Career Planning (2)
Students learn a career/life planning process geared toward determining education and career goals.

Class work includes assessment of interests, abilities and values, research of literature, investigation of major fields of study and on-site information gathering in work environments. Identification and exploration of options are followed by evaluation, decision making and goal setting.

CT 2000. Fundamentals of Communication (3)
An introduction to effective communication with emphasis on presentational speaking, critical listening, intrapersonal, interpersonal communication and small group communication. Focus on theory and practice of human communication through individual and group experiences. Prerequisite: EN 1110 College Composition I or equivalent. (OCP)

CT 2010. Interpersonal Communication Module (1)
This course is an introduction to interpersonal and group communication for transfer students who have previously taken a public speaking-only course. The public speaking course and this module together are equivalent to CT 2000 and satisfy the oral communication proficiency requirement.

The course is not open to students who have taken or will take CT 2000.

CT 2040. Interpersonal Communication
Application of communication theory to face-to-face unplanned and planned interactions. Emphasis on acquiring and demonstrating effective communication skills in dyadic and group communication contexts as well as understanding the cause and effect patterns that constitute relationships. The course will focus on interpersonal topics including perception, language and meaning, nonverbal communication, listening, feedback, conflict management, and leadership communication. Prerequisite: CT 2000.

CT 2150. Honors Communication (3)
Intensive study of interpersonal and presentational communication in three phases: information gathering, message preparation and process, and style of delivery. Prerequisite: EN 1110 or EN 1140 or EN1150; honors status or instructor approval. (OCP)

CT 2200. Mass Communication (3)
A study of the historical development, regulation and effects of mass media. Print, film and electronic media are included. The uses of media for journalism, advertising, education and propaganda are studied.

CT 3000. Listening Research (3)
This course focuses on the four perspectives of listening: listening as affective, cognitive, behavioral, and relational. Emphasis on acquiring a solid understanding of the research that supports listening as the most widely used communication skill.

Additional emphasis is on acquiring and demonstrating the skills to be an effective listener in a variety of contexts. Students will develop and conduct a semester-long interdisciplinary literature review of listening. Prerequisite: CT 2000.

CT 3010. Leadership Theory and Practice (3)
This course examines some of the most common elements of leadership, such as legitimate authority, expert knowledge, power, charisma, and influence. Examples of effective leadership, taken from history and contemporary society, are studied. Prerequisite: CT 2000.

CT 3200. Cinema Critique (3)
An introduction to the art of film; students experience and discuss a variety of films from different genres, time periods and artistic styles. Laboratory fee. (ARI)

CT 3210. The Films of Alfred Hitchcock. (1)
For about 40 years, from the ‘30s to the ‘70s, Alfred Hitchcock built a reputation as a cinematic master of suspense. His name was synonymous with sophisticated, exciting, engagingly complex movies that were guaranteed to thrill. Hitchcock delighted in playing games with the audience, seducing them into little traps, then laughing at their red faces. He has been imitated many times, but no one has yet exhibited Hitchcock’s understanding of the film medium. In this course we examine what makes Hitchcock’s movies so enjoyable and yet so disturbing. We study how Hitchcock worked closely with his writers, cinematographers and composers. We view four examples of Hitchcock’s best work in order to discover how and why they had such a profound impact on the movie industry and on American culture.

CT 3220. Screening Science Fiction (1)
Contrary to a popular misconception, science fiction is not necessarily about other planets, or alien invaders, or wars in outer space. It is about us, the people and institutions that shape our world and our future. Perhaps more than any other genre, science fiction is a barometer of the times. In this course we look at four science fiction films that probe the dynamics of the constant struggle between our sometimes vaunting aspirations and the often exorbitant price we must pay for them.

CT 3230. The Horror Film (1)
Why do we like to be scared? There is nothing truly attractive in fear, but perhaps horror literature and film are so popular because for most of us, we are never more alive than when we think we are being scared to death. With horror films, the fear is actually twice removed-it is not happening to us, and it is not really happening at all. Horror films seem to confirm our worst anxieties and give substance to nightmares, yet we know we will awaken unharmed. This course focuses on the history of this peculiar yet durable genre from the Frankenstein monster phase to the exorcism craze of the mid-1970s and the recent blending of horror and high fashion. Analysis will center on what these films speak to in human nature that causes their continued appeal.

CT 3240. The Reel West (1)
This course examines the western film as historical document—what it told us of the settlers and soldiers, the women, the gunfighters, the politicians, the law, and of course the American Indian. The course addresses topics such as the controversy over the sometimes highly falsified views given to audiences by the movies, the question of whether or not these movies had any responsibility to be historically accurate, the Western as a film genre, its very distinct rise and fall, and contemporary perspectives on the genre. To that end, we will watch several important examples of Western filmmaking.

CT 3250. The Dark World of Film Noir (1)
Film Noir (black film) is, with the western, the only truly American contribution to world cinema.

It usually centered on a hardboiled American cop, detective, or insurance man who finds himself in a sick society—going into its darkest corners, ferreting out corruption. The greatest threat to the Film

Noir hero is not his male antagonist, but a Medea figure who can draw him with her witch-like powers into evil. Lasting from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, film noir reflected a transitional period from the dislocation following World War II to the complacency of the Eisenhower years. This course focuses on four examples of Film Noir. Analysis will center on what made the films so evocative of its era and so popular with audiences even today.

CT 3260. History and the Movies (1)
For most people, ideas about history come not from textbooks or scholarly papers, but from movies or television. Although motion pictures have sometimes blundered, distorted and downright lied, still, at their best, they have given a vivid and memorable picture of the ages to an infinitely wider audience than traditional historians such as Tacitus or Gibbon. At a minimum, historical films have shown history more faithfully than they have been given credit for and as it was never seen before. This course engages students in viewing and analyzing films with historical events as their organizing principle.

CT 3270. The War Film (1)
One of the most common and tragically enduring behaviors of human beings has been to wage war.

From ancient times to the present, there always seems to be an excuse for nations or individuals to ritually destroy each other in the name of politics, commerce, love, or very often, religion. As it does with most major events, the motion picture industry has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to capture the horror, the glory, the sadness of war. All war films deal with the whys and hows of warfare, in an effort to answer the haunting question: why do we have wars? This course engages students in viewing and analyzing four examples of war era films, some involving combat, some merely the effects of combat, as answers to that question. 

CT 3300. Presentational Speaking (3)
A performance based course in platform speaking and listening. Emphases will include 1) topics in speech development such as audience analysis, appropriate and effective organizational designs, and content, 2) topics in speech delivery such as speaker credibility, forms of delivery, appropriate process analysis, and use of multimedia aids to assist the speaker, and 3) topics in listening to public speaking such as evaluating the speaker and the speech, and critical and ethical listening. The course includes preparation, presentation, and critiques of several speeches throughout the semester. Prerequisite: CT 2000.

CT 3500 (JN 3500). Introduction to Public Relations (3)
This course will examine the history, theory, philosophy, and functions of public relations practices and programs in organizations. The course may provide case study and/or service learning opportunities for students to identify, analyze, and critique public relations practices. Prerequisite: CT 2000, JN 2000.

CT 3800. Study Abroad: Organizational and Intercultural Communication Perspectives (3)
This course provides an orientation in organizational and intercultural communication in a study abroad context. The foundation of the course includes common organizational and intercultural communication theory and skill. Special topics include, but are not limited to leadership, symbolism, organizational behavior, cultural barriers and opportunities, and other relevant subject matter as it is experienced in the culture within which the student is immersed. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

CT 3840. Persuasion: Theories of Social Influence (3)
A study of the rhetorical, psychological and ethical principles of influencing change in others which includes consideration of the role of attitudes, beliefs, values and motives in human behavior.

Application of theories through preparation and presentation of persuasive speeches and analysis of campaigns. Prerequisite: CT 2000.

CT 3850. Intercultural Communication (3)
Examination of how people communicate, evaluate, and build attitudes about members of different cultures and subcultures. Exploration of varied communication patterns which take place nationally and internationally.

CT 3860 (PS 3860). Media and Politics (3)
A study of the growing importance of mass media in American politics and their interaction with the formal and informal elements of the decision-making process. (SRII or SRI)

CT 3930. Research in Communication (1-3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the research process by participating in faculty sponsored research. Activities may include reading literature relevant to the topic, data collection, data entry, data coding, and attending research meetings. Students contract with a faculty mentor to determine their level of participation in the research process. Three hours of participation per week are required to earn one hour of college credit, and students may sign up for one, two, or three credit hours. Students must have the approval of the supervising faculty member to sign up for the course. Students can earn a maximum of three credit hours per semester, repeatable once during their academic career. Prerequisite: CT 2000; minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; instructor approval.

CT 4170 (JN 4170). Principles of Advertising (3)
A general survey of the field of advertising. Includes focus on conception and execution of creative, effective advertising for print, online, and broadcast media. Introduces strategic planning, media selection, buyer behavior, campaigns, ways to measure advertising effectiveness, and career opportunities. Case studies and prize-winning advertisements may be included.

CT 4180 (JN 4180). Broadcast Journalism (3)
A course in gathering, writing and producing news for radio and television. Included are skills in interviewing, editing news for broadcast and identifying news sources. Special problems unique to broadcast journalism are discussed. Prerequisite: CT 2200 and JN 2000 Introduction to Journalism.

CT 4220. Career Decisions (2)
Seniors experience a career decision-making process designed to facilitate the college-to-career transition. Reflecting on college experience, strengths, interests and work values are identified. A personal work ethic is examined. Speakers and videotapes present job market information. Researching literature, conducting information interviews, developing a résumé, interviewing for a job and writing cover letters are some of the job search skills that are taught. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CT 4350. Organizational Communication (3)
This course provides an orientation into the ways communication operates in organizations through historical, philosophical, and theoretical issues. Case study and organizational research are emphasized for study of leadership styles; communication climates; organizational design, coordination and symbolism; and communication satisfaction. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040.

CT 4750. Rhetorical Criticism (3)
An examination and evaluation of verbal, visual and rhetorical artifacts which are formed due to social issues. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among the rhetor, the message, the audience, the cultural environment in which they communicate, and their ethical standards. This course is designed to develop critical thinking, listening and visual literacy. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040.

CT 4860. Seminar in Group Interaction (3)
This course will focus on the study of the principles and processes unique to group situations. Topics will include leadership, followership, group roles, norms, tasks, social functions, problem-solving, decision making, and conflict resolution. Emphasis is on learning and acquiring group communication skills, including self-disclosure, conflict management skills, and leadership and followership skills. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040.

CT 4870. Seminar in Communication Theory and Research (3)
A survey of the contemporary contributions to the study of human communication. Evaluation and analysis are designed to explore what occurs when humans communicate and why certain effects occur. Survey includes considerations of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, mass media and rhetorical communication. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040, junior standing.

CT 4880. Research Methods in Communication (3)
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of social science methods in the field of communication. Students will learn quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will learn to be critical readers of research, and emphasis will be placed on understanding research and assigning credibility to these findings. Students will also learn the importance of conducting and identifying ethical research. Students will design and conduct their own research including asking research questions, developing theoretical explanations for communication phenomena, formulating hypotheses, designing methodologies, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions about research findings. Students will present findings orally and in writing. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040, CT 3000 or CT 4860, senior standing.

CT 4890. Seminar in Mass Media (3)
Topics vary each semester but may include such themes as First Amendment issues, journalistic ethics, theories of the effects of mass communication, federal regulation, cultural impact of media and global issues in mass communication. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

CT 4940. Senior Capstone (3)
Independent and collaborative research into major focus area; written/oral/artistic presentations required to demonstrate mastery of major area of study. Required to fulfill major. Prerequisite: CT 2000, CT 2040, junior standing.

CT 4970. Internship (2-3)
Opportunities for students to apply their education by working in career fields related to a specific track in either communication or business communication. 

Internships may be in business, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Locations include Kansas City, St. Louis, and Paris. The Paris internship requires additional concurrent course enrollment. Prerequisite: Junior standing, upper-level courses relating to the specific internship, and internship faculty advisor approval.