Courses

Communication Studies

CMST 1A, Elements of Public Speaking
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Mastery of the research, organization, and delivery of extemporaneous speeches. Focus on rhetorical theory, listening, audience analysis, speech construction, and use of evidence, language, and presentation aids.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 1A.

CMST 2, Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: ENGL 1A

Studies the rhetorical tradition and significant rhetorical artifacts. Analyzes public discourse through the application of rhetorical methods. Communication artifacts are evaluated for support, reasoning, language use, message construction, and context in a series of academic research papers. Emphasizes critical thinking principles alongside techniques of effective discourse.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 2.

CMST 3, Argumentation and Debate
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Critical approaches to legal, social, political problems are studied through oral argument and debate formats. Analysis, evidence, reasoning, rhetorical positioning, persuasion, refutation, and rebuttal from a communication perspective.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 3.

CMST 4, Group Communication
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Focus on the principles of group interaction and decision making, including the study of leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution. Participation in groups to share information, solve problems, and reach consensus.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 4.

CMST 5, Intercultural Communication
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course develops competence in managing conflict and interacting with people who are culturally different. Students participate in discussions and complete written and oral assignments, developing communication strategies and skills that result in deliberate and fruitful intercultural outcomes.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 5.

CMST 6, Workplace Communication
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Study and application of effective workplace communication principles. Focus on development of communication skills that support the development of healthy workplace relationships, delivery of effective business presentations, and pursuit of career opportunities.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 6.

CMST 7, Oral Interpretation of Literature
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Focus on interpretation as a creative and analytical meaning-making process. Training in solo, duet and group readings of drama, prose and poetry. Through selecting, reading, analyzing, editing and interpreting culturally diverse literature, students will better understand the structural and aesthetic components of narrative and performance.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 7.

CMST 8, Rhetoric of Popular Culture
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Studies U.S. popular culture as a means to communicate cultural values and attitudes. Evaluates popular culture in different mediums, such as advertisements, social media, television, film, and politics. Uses communication methods to develop a greater understanding of the ways communication functions as a vehicle for social change.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 8.

CMST 12, Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to the theory, basic principles, and methods of oral communication with emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills in the context of interpersonal communication, small group discussion, and public speaking.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 12.

CMST 20, Interpersonal Communication
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Focus on the impact that communication has on the interaction between individuals in settings including family, friendship, intimate and work situations. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply these skills through individual and group presentations and activities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 20

CMST 30, Individual Project in Oral Communication
Lec-11 Lab-20 field trips P/NP Only

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Skills development in researching, writing, and delivering scripted speeches or debates that publicly address a socially significant issue.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CMST 38, Forensics Competition
Lec-52.5 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: CMST 1A or CMST 3 or CMST 4 or ESL 79

Students develop speaking and argumentation skills, specializing in one or more of the following areas: oral interpretation of literature, debate, platform speaking or limited preparation speaking. Students who repeat the course master communication skills through further instruction and practice. Participation in tournament, campus or community presentations is required.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly SPCH 38.

CMST 50, Rhetoric of Cannabis
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A study of cannabis representations to better understand how social discourse informs perceptions and political realities. Examines how rhetorical acts shape cultural values and beliefs, with an emphasis on the culture of cannabis.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CMST 1001, Communication Anxiety

ADVISE: ESLN 3800

Develop confidence and learn strategies to manage apprehension and anxiety when delivering presentations and communicating in small groups. This course may be taken alone or as supplemental instruction for courses that involve oral communication.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit