Course Descriptions - Communication


This course introduces the principles of effective speaking that will allow students to increase their effectiveness in a wide range of public and social settings. Topics covered include: content selection and organization, audience analysis, the use of technology, non-verbal communication analysis, and the use of visuals. Students will develop and deliver a minimum of six speeches on a wide range of topics. The primary goal is to increase students’ skill and comfort level in delivering presentations extemporaneously. Formerly COMM 252.

                  3 Hours, 1 Semester

COMM 204 Advanced Business and
professional Communication

This course will help students increase their competence and confidence in professional situations ensuring they have the essential effective communication skills workplace environments demand. Students will further the development of their foundation for designing and delivering effective written and oral messages using strategic communication models. By learning how to identify objectives, analyze audiences, and research and choose information, students will improve their communication effectiveness in a variety of areas including: individual and team presentations, meetings, written reports, and online delivery.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212 and COMM 152
                                                                                         3 Hours, 1 Semester

COMM 247 introduction to communication studies

This course includes a survey of basic theories of the human communication process, and an examination of communication in the following contexts: (1) interpersonal communication, (2) inter/intra cultural communications, (3) group communication, (4) mass communication, and (5) organizational communication. Formerly BCOM 247 - Business Communication.

3 Hours, 1 Semester


Given that media informs our daily lives in a multitude of ways, it is important to critically examine and analyze how it affects us on both a cultural and individual level. The impact that media has on methods of communication, as well as on our personal and societal notions of identity will be explored, with special attention to issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Course under development at the time of publication.


This introductory course will critically examine films as pieces of art, as well as cultural artifacts. Film techniques, such as direction, acting, production, and music, will be analyzed to understand the artistic choices made and the tools necessary to enact them. The course will consider cultural meanings created by and reflected in films, with special attention to issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. The ethics of film making will also be explored. Course under development at the time of publication.


In this course students will gain awareness of cultural differences as they affect our daily lives, and will develop methods to bridge those differences. Globalization, the effect of social conventions on daily interactions, and the impact of cultural norms will be studied. Each student will participate in a group research project examining the challenges of conducting business and/or communicating on an intercultural basis. Formerly BCOM 310.

Prerequisite: COMM 247        3 Hours, 1 Semester


The class focuses on the creation of visual material using several software programs, and will be conducted in the computer lab and Visual Media Studio. Students will learn to generate visually interesting, informational, professional-level material using programs such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro that are necessary for the production of video, infographics, and photo-based publications. Students will learn which software tools to use and combine to generate visual material effectively. Formerly BCOM 311.

Prerequisite: ITM 123 and a minimum of 27 completed credits            3 Hours, 1 Semester

COMM 313 How women Lead

This course will delve into the unique characteristics of and challenges facing women in the workplace today. The biological and sociological theories of gender differences will be explored, as will gender-based communication and leadership styles. The current state of women in leadership around the world will be examined, with students completing a statistical research project. Students will examine and reflect on their own leadership and work styles, as well as practice professional skills of particular interest to women. The course will use leading contemporary books on women and business, and may include experiential aspects such as field trips and interviews.

Prerequisite: LEAD 101            3 Hours, 1 Semester

COMM 314 Argument and persuasion

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of persuasion and to crafting arguments that influence others. Focus will be on studying and practicing the behaviors of persuasive arguers, such as effective analysis, sound research, and rigorous evaluation of data. By examining argumentative styles as well as logical, emotional, and ethical appeals, students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills while engaging in socially responsible rhetoric. Students will learn to express themselves clearly and economically, creating a foundation for other courses in the major. Course under development at the time of publication.

3 Hours, 1 Semester


This course will examine the evolving impact and meaning of social media across multiple aspects of society. Students will analyze the social processes and structures of networks, as well as the problems and benefits they create. The course will explore topics such as influence, privacy, “friendship,” the lack of geographical boundaries, bullying, self-esteem, and self-expression. Course under development at the time of publication.


This course will address a specific topic in the field of communication. Topics may vary, due to the rapidly changing nature of the discipline, and may reflect current trends, practices, or methodologies.

Prerequisite: TBA depending on subject matter                      
3 Hours, 1 Semester


This course will ask senior Communication majors to create culminating projects about areas of change or trends that may impact the consumption, creation, study, and ethical implications of communication. The course will emphasize analysis and critical thinking that will drive their research and writing as a means of moving those findings towards meaningful presentations.

Prerequisite: COMM 247, COMM 310, COMM 311, COMM 314        3 Hours, 1 Semester


The Internship in Communication offers students an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to practical situations at the internship site. Students will gain an appreciation for the varied nature of the field of communication and will have an opportunity to participate in the field in a meaningful way. The internship site may be selected by the student based on interests, but must be approved. Students must complete a minimum of 120 work hours as well as fulfill academic requirements that help connect their academic coursework to the internship experience. Formerly BCOM 490.

Prerequisite: COMM 247, COMM 310, COMM 311             
3 Hours, 1 Semester


This course examines gender roles as culturally constructed concepts, and emphasizes individual choice in determining the gender roles of the present and future. Through readings and discussion, participants will explore how “masculine” and “feminine” may be understood as flexible and as created through communicative practices. Focus will be placed on how our own communicative practices can condone, contribute to, or resist the cultural construction of gender stereotypes. Students will critically examine communicative messages of all sorts, including their own communication habits. This course will challenge the way students look at various forms of communication including television, advertising, and even the English language. Course under development at the time of publication.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2017-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

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July 2016