Communication

Division: Fine Arts

The Communication department offers multiple programs that prepare students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the fields of Communication or Communication Studies. Students completing these degrees will have a basic foundation in communication skills that include planning, organization, speech writing and presentation, group and interpersonal relations, intercultural awareness, assuming responsibility, preparing reports, augmentation theories, carrying out instructions and delegating responsibilities. These important skills benefit the workplace regardless of the type of career the student chooses to pursue.

Career opportunities upon successful completion of this degree may include business, advertising, communication education, human resources, electronic media and print, journalism, speech writing, advocacy, public relations,  government, media, and social and human services.

Contact Information

Fine Arts Division Chair

Tom Weise | (559) 730-3973 | tomw@cos.edu
Kaweah: 211 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Arts and Letters

Marshall Fulbright | (559) 730-3735 | marshallf@cos.edu
Tule: 550 | Visalia Campus

COMM 001 Fundamentals/Public Speaking 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Courses: COMM 001H, SPCH 001
COMM 1 is an introductory course in Public Speaking. This course covers a variety of formal public address styles and formats. This course offers students an opportunity to learn and practice specific skills needed for effective public speaking. (C-ID COMM110)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
COMM 004 Interpersonal Communication 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: SPCH 004
A theoretical exploration of interpersonal communication dynamics influenced by the field of behavioral communications and psychology. Focus will be upon how individuals relate, perceive, communicate, and apply emotions within interpersonal settings. Approved for Distanced Education format. Formerly SPCH 004. (C-ID COMM130)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement procedures.
COMM 005 Argumentation and Debate 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: SPCH 005
An introductory course in argumentation and debate, this course covers research into, and critical analysis of, major public issues. The course will provide practice in persuasive speaking and formal debate, with emphasis on research, organization, logical proof, and effective presentation. Students will also learn how to understand and avoid fallacies in their persuasive presentations. (C-ID COMM120)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
COMM 007 Persuasion 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: SPCH 007
This course examines the constant persuasive messages that permeate modern life. While grounded deeply in persuasive theory, this course also asks students to apply their learning to personal and professional endeavors. (C-ID COMM190)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
COMM 008 Group Communication 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: SPCH 008
Principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. Theory, application, and evaluation of group communication processes, including problem solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership. The student will learn group dynamics, structures, the importance of maintaining structured agendas to complete task-oriented group discussions, and how to use substantive conflict to meet both the needs of the group and the individual group members. COMM 8 is an introductory course in Group Communication. (C-ID COMM140)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
COMM 009 Intercultural Communication 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: SPCH 009
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the different cultures in our country by providing an insight into the communicative behaviors each culture possesses. A variety of cultures will be studied, with specific emphasis placed on the different skills in verbal and nonverbal communication, communication climates and language interpretation of those cultures. (C-ID COMM150)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
COMM 112 Public Speaking for Business 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Courses: BUS 112, BUS 112, SPCH 112
An introductory course in public speaking and presentation software. This course covers a variety of formal public speaking styles and formats. Students will also learn how to create a computerized slide show, as well as speaker outlines/notes and audience handouts to assist in their presentations.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures and BUS 270 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
COMM 151 Ind. Study-Communication 1 - 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 - 12 Lab
Equivalent Course: COMM 151AD
The purpose of Independent Study is to provide an opportunity for students, under the direction of an instructor, to participate in advanced individualized studies to supplement and enhance existing courses. Independent Study requires a minimum of 52.5 hours of academic work per unit. In addition, students must file an Independent Study form through the Admissions and Records Office. In addition, each student must file an Independent Study form through the Admissions Office to obtain approval to enroll.
Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of all beginning level courses offered at COS or equivalent college course in the selected area is required.

Communication

Ahle, Aimee
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Brooks, Jonathan
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Mc Gehee, Robin
B.A., William Carey College
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Johnson, Cynthia
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., North Central University, Arizona
A.P.A Certified Relationship Specialist, North Central University

Weise, Thomas, Ed.D.
A.A., Fresno City College
B.A., M.A., California State University, Fresno
Ed.D., University Of California, Davis