Department of Communication Studies

Because prerequisites are subject to change, students should consult the Course Schedule before registering.

The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Communication Studies: CMS

Lower-Division Courses

CMS 301. Topics in Communication Studies.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

CMS 306M (TCCN: SPCH 1321). Professional Communication Skills.

Designed to help students develop skills in one-on-one interactions, small group communication, and presentation skills. Basic communication theories as they relate to skill development are explored. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication Studies 305, 306M, 319, Speech 305, 319.

CMS 210. Forensics Workshop.

Open to all University students. Training for participation in extracurricular speech activities, including intercollegiate debate. Two lecture hours and eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be taken three times for credit. May be repeated for credit.

CMS 310K (TCCN: SPCH 2333). Team-Based Communication.

Analysis of small-group communication: cohesiveness, social climate, role structure, leadership, conformity, dynamics of interaction; participation in small-group communication situations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 313M. Organizational Communication.

Communication processes within government, private, and volunteer organizations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 314L. Language, Communication, and Culture.

The role of language in communication. Analysis of the complexity of human languages, languages in contact, language modality, and communication interaction. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 315M (TCCN: SPCH 1318). Interpersonal Communication Theory.

Introduction to the study of communication in relationships; topics include self-disclosure, conflict, long-distance relationships, stereotyping, and persuasion. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 316L (TCCN: SPCH 2316). Interviewing Principles and Practices.

Introduction to interviewing theory, emphasizing the acquisition and application of interviewing skills. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 317C. Speech in American Culture.

The impact of public discourse on the ideas and issues of culture and history in the United States. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

CMS 119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Communication Studies.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the appropriate College of Communication department. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

CMS 320. Advanced Presentation Skills.

Designed to help students develop skills in delivering informative and persuasive presentations and speeches. Study of major theories related to oral presentations. Focus on audience analysis and adaptation, building strong arguments, speech organization, and use of new technologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 320 and 367 (Topic: Advanced Presentation Skills) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Communication Studies 306M with a grade of at least C.

CMS 321D. Communicating for Development and Philanthropy.

An exploration of the special communicative dimensions of the development and philanthropy fields, including how to apply theories of building relationships and persuasion to the context of development and philanthropy for nonprofit organizations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 322E. Communication Ethics.

Examination of the ethical issues involved in communication. Subjects addressed include our role in interactions we are party to; media coverage of issues of a sensitive or potentially harmful nature; and how our interactions with others reflect and shape who we are. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 322E and 367 (Topic 4: Communication Ethics) may not both counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 323R. Rhetoric: East and West.

Examination of the ways people from different cultures communicate and argue, and how cultures use logic, stories, myth, images, and the spoken word to make their points. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 323R and 367 (Topic: Rhetoric East and West) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Communication Studies.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Communication Studies. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

CMS 330. Interpersonal Health Communication.

The fundamental interpersonal communication processes that are involved in managing physical and mental health. Includes stigma and illness identity, social support, patient-provider communication, end-of-life care, and health education. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 330 and 367 (Topic: Interpersonal Health Communication) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 331K. Speech Writing and Criticism.

Composition and analysis of oral messages; emphasis on creating and arranging ideas, style, delivery, critical method. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and Communication Studies 306M or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.

CMS 332. Argumentation and Advocacy.

Nature of argumentative controversy; variables of form, method, and ethics; analysis of argumentative rhetorical works. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 332K. Theories of Persuasion.

A study of motivational factors involved in persuasive speaking to secure belief and action. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 333. Case Studies in Argumentation.

Study of argumentation theories. Includes analysis of case studies taken from areas of law, public policy, popular culture, and history. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 333 and 367 (Topic: Case Studies in Argumentation) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 334K. Nonverbal Communication.

Survey of the effects of space, physical appearance, movement, eye behavior, and vocal behavior on interpersonal communication. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 335. Strategic Sales and Event Planning.

Theory and practice related to the preparation of large-scale sales events and conferences. Designed to develop communication skills and planning techniques. May include client research, investigation of potential venues, telephone-based information interviews, individual or group sales presentations, and event overviews. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 335 and 367 (Topic: Strategic Sales and Event Planning) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Communication Studies 306M.

CMS 336D. Careers.

Exploration of work and career from interdisciplinary perspectives. Particular emphasis is on using communication to understand work and career in contemporary society. Communication Studies 336D and 367 (Topic: Career Dynamics and Corporate Communication) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 337. Building Sales Relationships.

Explores the theoretical and practical role of communication in the development of long-term client relationships. Explores the consultative sales process, including prospecting, assessing needs, handling objections, presenting, closing, and following up with clients. Focuses on how technology can help or hinder communication. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 337 and 367 (Topic: Communication to Build Sales Relationships) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 338. Leadership Stories.

Uses fictional and nonfictional stories, as well as examples taken from virtual reality, to explore the meaning of leadership. Designed to help students develop a conceptual, practical, and personal understanding of the meaning of leadership. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 338 and 367 (Topic: Stories of Leadership) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 339L. Social Interaction in Virtual Environments.

Examines fundamental principles connected to the uses and effects of new technologies. Covers social networking sites, online dating, virtual group collaboration, and video games. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 339L and Communication Studies 367 (Topic: Social Interaction in Virtual Environments) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 340K. Communication and Social Change.

Analysis of how persuasion is used in mass movements: civil rights, consumerism, feminism, pacifism, religious sects. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 341. Digital Communications.

Uses communication and interdisciplinary perspectives to explore interactions involving technology. May include the study of impression formation, identity, surveillance, privacy, distributed teams, trust and deception, online gaming, social support, and uses and impacts of new information and communication technology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 341 and 367 (Topic: Computer-Mediated Communication) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 342C. Communication and Civic Participation.

An exploration of the status of American democracy, particularly as it pertains to those born between 1960 and 1990. Subjects include the meaning of citizenship and democratic participation, and the strengths and limitations of marketing efforts targeted at getting youth involved in the democratic system. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 342C and 367 (Topic: Communication and Civic Participation) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 342K. Political Communication.

A study of the role of symbols in political communication and the techniques and strategies employed by politicians; special attention is given to recent election campaigns. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 344K. Lying and Deception.

Examines lying and deception as civil, strategic, and manipulative behavior. Secrets, privacy, disclosures, and confidentiality are examined in a variety of familiar contexts. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 344K and 367 (Topic: Lying and Deception) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 345. Media Effects and Politics.

The theoretical models and research methods used to study media effects. Emphasis on the political implications of media-effects research and on how media-effects theories can help clarify political issues. May include television violence, the political impact of the news, and the use of media for educational purposes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 345 and 367 (Topic: Media Effects and Politics) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 345K. Perspectives on Rhetoric.

Four different meanings of rhetoric; how these meanings contribute to the current understanding of communication studies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 345P. Communication and Public Opinion.

An investigation of the definition and measurement of public opinion. Explores the relationship between communication and public opinion, how changes to public opinion are affected, and the influence of perception of public opinion on personal opinion. Communication Studies 345P and 367 (Topic: Communication and Public Opinion) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 346. Using Communication Technology at Work.

Examines how communication technologies affect workplace communication. Considers case studies involving the use of social networking, handheld devices, and e-mail by for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 346 and 367 (Topic: Using Communication Technology at Work) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 347K. Rhetoric of Popular Culture.

The ways that film, television, music, fashion, the Internet, and other discourses of popular culture influence public attitudes, perceptions, and social relations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 347K and 367 (Topic: Rhetoric of Popular Culture) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 348. Communication Research Methods.

A practical introduction to research methods, focusing on designing a study, conducting research, analyzing data, and presenting results. Studies survey design, interviews, focus groups, and experiments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 348 and 367 (Topic: Communication Research Methods) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 348K. Visual Media and Interaction.

The role of visual resources and symbols in social interaction and public life; the representation of interaction and human relationships in visual media (photography, advertising, fine arts, and film). Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 349M. Advanced Analysis of Popular Culture.

Advanced critique and analysis of rhetorical dimensions in texts of popular culture. Readings in theory and methods for understanding persuasive influence in television, film, music videos, and the Internet. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 350M. Field Study in Organizational Communication.

Students acquire information through interviews and observation, devise appropriate coding schemes, and compose synoptic reports of their findings and recommendations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 351. Communication for Cooperation and Competition.

Theoretical perspectives and experiential learning on the ways people reconcile the need to be individualistic (competitive) with the need to be community members (cooperative). Individual aggression and submission; the rewards of competition and cooperation; and organizational structures that lead to cooperation and competition. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 353S. Social Media and Organizations.

Explores the relationship between social media use and organizational communication. Subjects include how organizations use social media for communication with external stakeholders and to facilitate internal communications processes. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 353S and 367 (Topic: Social Media and Organizations) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 354. Conflict Resolution.

Systematic analysis of conflict and communication to examine some of the effects of communication on conflict and of conflict on communication. Readings, analysis of conflicts, and practice with and evaluation of communication behaviors thought to be effective in conflict talk. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 355K. Intercultural Communication.

Theories of speech and language that concern interaction between persons from different cultures who speak different languages or dialects. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 357. Family Communication.

Some of the common issues that face those who live in, counsel, and conduct research with families. The development of traditional families in the United States, different family structures that make up modern society, current issues that affect families, and the impact of communication on family experiences. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 358. Communication and Personal Relationships.

The nature of human interaction in various types of relationships (friends, dates, spouses, roommates), the nature of communication at different stages in a relationship, and the nature of communication at different life stages. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 359. Language, Culture, and Communication of Hip-Hop.

Uses hip-hop music as a model for understanding a speech community. Focuses on language innovation and the creation of new social networks, forms of communication, and cultural meaning and values. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 359 and 367 (Topic: Language, Culture, and Communication in the Hip-Hop Nation) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 359H. Honors Tutorial Course: Reading.

Intensive reading and research as planned by the departmental honors committee. Individual instruction. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and admission to the Communication Studies Honors Program.

CMS 360. Analyzing Social Interaction.

Introduction to concepts and research methods related to the study of how verbal and nonverbal communication is used in everyday situations. Includes collecting and analyzing sound and video data. Designed to help students develop skills in interpreting human social interactions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 360 and 367 (Topic: Language and the Body in Social Interaction) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 364K. Gender and Communication.

Focuses on how communication influences ideas about sex, gender, and identity, from interpersonal relationships to the mass media, and from legislative debates to social movements. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 364K and 367 (Topic: Gender and Communication) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 164M, 264M, 364M. Pre-Graduate School Mentorship.

Introduction for undergraduates to graduate study in a discipline of their choosing. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. With consent of the department chair, may be repeated for credit, but no more than three hours may be taken. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CMS 365K. Male-Female Communication.

Same as Women's and Gender Studies 345 (Topic 21: Male-Female Communication). Studies of speech patterns related to the concepts of male and female, including sexism in speaking, patterns of male and female speaking, patterns of listening to males and females, speech in courtship and family, speech and sexual discrimination in careers. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 365L. Communication, Controversy, and Citizenship.

Designed to help students develop the listening, speaking, and argumentation skills used to deliberate over controversial and sensitive subjects. Deliberations focus primarily on the meaning of citizenship. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 365L and 367 (Topic: Communication, Controversy, and Citizenship) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 366. Rhetoric, Love, and Democracy.

Covers ideas about human symbolism and discourse; focuses on the effects of rhetorical perspectives on how people make meaning of the world. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 366 and 367 (Topic: Love, Democracy, and Rhetoric) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 366C. Celebrity Culture.

Examines the importance of fame and celebrity throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, in relation to education, entertainment, and politics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 366C and 367 (Topic: Celebrity Culture) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 366F. Rhetoric of Film.

Film theory and history taught from a rhetorical perspective. Covers the film industry, technology, and the elements of narrative, image, and sound. Emphasis on theory about film and film criticism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 366F and 367 (Topic: Rhetoric of Film) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 366M. Rhetoric and Popular Music.

Explores music and its relation to identity; how gender, race, and sexual identity are constructed with and within musical texts; meanings and importance of authenticity; and the effectiveness of music as a political tool. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 366M and 367 (Topic: Rhetoric and Popular Music) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 366R. Religious Communication and Paranormalism.

Explores secular and religious instances of ambivalence, and its uses and effects. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 366R and 367 (Topic: Rhetoric and Religion) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 367. Topics in Communication Studies.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Topic 1: Applied Interpersonal Communication.
Topic 2: Campaign Communication.
Topic 3: Communication and Thought. Investigates the emergence of collaborative thought from human communication.
Topic 5: Ethnography of Live Music in Austin. Explores music and musicians in Austin, with a focus on ethnographic research through observation, interviews, analysis, and writing.
Topic 6: Pragmatism and Group Dynamics. Explores how individual beliefs and expectations determine the quality of group communication.

CMS 369V. Political Research.

Students conduct research with Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan, nonprofit political research organization. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Contact Project Vote Smart in the Moody College of Communication to apply for this course.

CMS 370K. Internship in Communication Studies.

Restricted to communication studies majors. Focuses on career goals of students through classroom discussions and places students in communication positions with public and private organizations. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; twelve semester hours of communication studies with a grade of at least C; a University grade point average of at least 2.25; a grade point average in communication coursework of at least 2.25; and consent of instructor.

CMS 371D. Difficult Conversations.

Explores the interpersonal, social, and language factors that impact difficult conversations. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 367 (Topic: Difficult Conversations) and 371D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 371K. Practicum in Conflict Mediation.

Two lecture hours and three discussion hours a week for one semester. Students must also attend one weekend workshop at the beginning of the semester. With consent of instructor, may be repeated once for credit. Offered on the pass/fail basis only.

CMS 171M. Communication Studies Internship.

Internship and discussion hours to be arranged. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Communication Studies 370K; consent of departmental internship coordinator; and completion of departmental requirements for enrollment in an internship course.

CMS 372D. The Politics of National Memory.

Explores issues of power in our nation's capital. Students study Washington, DC via visits to sites around the city. One three-hour field trip a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC. Communication Studies 372D and 374D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

CMS 372K. Advanced Organizational Communication.

In-depth discussion and treatment of advanced organizational communication topics, including socialization and role development, workplace attachments, organizational culture, ethics, structure, conflict, power, decision making and empowerment, technology, and various forms of external communication with relevant organizational stakeholders. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Communication Studies 313M.

CMS 372T. Time Matters.

An exploration of twentieth and twenty-first century time management issues resulting from the development of communication technologies. Subjects include the concept of twenty-four-hour, seven-day-a-week availability; information overload; increased work hours; sleep deprivation; hurry sickness; multitasking; the human experience of time across diverse social, cultural, and historical contexts; and other time-related issues that shape, and are shaped by, communication behaviors. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Communication Studies 367 (Topic: Time Matters) and 372T may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

CMS 373D. Advocacy and Politics.

An introduction to the issues faced when advocating for an issue, idea, or one's self. The course aims to have students grasp concepts they will see and experience during their internship in Washington, DC. Eight conference hours a day for six days, for the equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

CMS 374D. Beyond Congress and the White House.

Explores issues of power in our nation's capital. Students study Washington, DC via visits to sites around the city. One three-hour field trip a week for one semester. Taught in Washington, DC. Communication Studies 372D and 374D may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

CMS 177K, 377K, 477K. Faculty-Initiated Research.

Supervised research on a project designed by a faculty member. Individual instruction. No more than six semester hours in the following courses may be counted: Communication Studies 177K, 377K, 477K, 178K, 278K, 378K, 478K, 578K, 678K. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, twelve semester hours of coursework in communication studies, a University grade point average of at least 2.50, and consent of instructor and the department.

CMS 178K, 278K, 378K, 478K, 578K, 678K. Student-Initiated Research.

Supervised independent research on a project initiated, designed, and implemented by the student. Student secures consent of a faculty member willing to supervise the project prior to registering. Individual instruction. No more than six semester hours in the following courses may be counted: Communication Studies 177K, 377K, 477K, 178K, 278K, 378K, 478K, 578K, 678K. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, twelve semester hours of coursework in communication studies, a University grade point average of at least 2.50, and consent of instructor and the department; Communication Studies 177K, 377K, 477K is recommended.

CMS 379H. Honors Tutorial Course: Special Project.

The writing of a thesis or the presentation of a creative project; final comprehensive examination. Individual instruction. Prerequisite: Communication Studies 359H.