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Communication Studies

Introduction to the Communication Studies Department

The Communication Studies Department at Coastline Community College presents three courses that each contain a general introduction to communication studies. These courses are characterized by an extension of the long rhetorical tradition to contemporary, social scientific theorizing about communication and persuasion. Students should be prepared to transfer to the California State University system, and meet the CSU GE-Breadth Area A1 requirement, by completing any of the following courses:

Interpersonal Communication--CMST C100
Interpersonal Communication (CMST C100) focuses on dyadic situations (two people talking face-to-face). This course helps students understand how people communicate in marriage, friendship, or parenting, and the course offers recommendations for improving one's ability to exert influence, express and evoke affection, and help others get good information. Interpersonal literature extends throughout the university curriculum, but the Interpersonal Communication course at Coastline maintains a practical focus on adapting to one's partner by practicing the skills and competencies that will raise the probability of creating a satisfying relationship.
Public Speaking--CMST C110
Public Speaking (CMST C110) focuses on how values connected to each level of the hierarchy of human communication may influence decision-making by audiences in rhetorical situations. At Coastline, a distinguishing characteristic of public communication instruction is the emphasis on learning lessons about contemporary issues by reflecting on the role of oratory in ancient literature. Students at Coastline learn how Greek scholars such as Aristotle (384-322 BCE) still shape a traditional theory that influences communication studies today. This course helps students to become more effective speakers as the process of preparing and delivering speeches for a variety of situations is explored.
Human Communication--CMST C101
Human Communication (CMST C101) blends both neo-classical and empirical approaches to rhetorical literature. Students focus on a practical, audience-centered approach to a survey of rules for learning about interpersonal, small-group dynamics, and public communication. The common thread in Human Communication (CMST C101) is the power of the spoken word and the audience-centered nature of communication studies.

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