Course Descriptions



Communication Studies (COMS)

99 Voice and Diction for Non-Native Speakers of English - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 42 and English 43, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R4 and W4 or English for Speakers of Other Languages 40 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 99.
The course provides instruction and practice in American English vocal standards and communication skills. Topics include American English standards of pronunciation, listening comprehension, ear-training techniques, effective use of vocal variables of voice-rate, pitch force and quality, vocabulary building, conversation with correct use of grammar, sentence structures, common American idioms, pronunciation, and reading. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who want to learn and practice American English vocal standards. (FT) AA/AS.

101 Voice and Articulation - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 101.This course is designed to improve vocal production and the articulation, enunciation, and pronunciation of words. Emphasis is placed on sound production, voice quality, volume, pitch and expressiveness. This course is intended for communications studies majors and anyone involved in theatre, sales, public services or other professions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

103 Oral Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 103. 
This course is an introduction to speechmaking. Emphasis is placed on the skills required to organize and deliver a variety of types of speeches. Students give several speeches with and without visual aids. This course is designed for Communication Studies majors and for anyone interested in honing their speech skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

104 Advanced Public Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Communication Studies 103 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 104.
This course covers theory, practice and critical analysis of public communication, including speeches on subjects of current interest both local and global. It includes an introduction to the relationship between rhetorical theory and criticism and rhetorical practice in public communication. Special emphasis is placed on advanced platform speaking and limited preparation speaking. This course is designed for students majoring in communication studies and students interested in advancing fundamental speech skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

111 Oral Interpretation - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 111. 
This course is a practical study of the art of oral interpretation. Emphasis is placed on developing a foundation for critical analyses of literature in order to enhance spoken interpretation of prose, poetry, dramatic monologue and duo. This course is designed for communication studies and drama majors as well as anyone interested in improving their oratory skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU. 

135 Interpersonal Communication 
3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 48 and 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 135. This course is a study of effective interpersonal skill development and practice in oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on the personal, situational, and cultural influences of interaction. Topics include human perception, interpersonal dynamics, listening, conflict management, and verbal and non verbal symbol systems. The course is intended for students who communicate in one-on-one situations, including communication, fashion, allied health, public service and business majors. This course is also intended for students who are interested in further development of effective interpersonal skills in work, volunteer, and personal environments. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

135 Interpersonal Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 135.
This course is a study of effective interpersonal skill development and practice in oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on the personal, situational, and cultural influences of interaction. Topics include human perception, interpersonal dynamics, listening, conflict management, and verbal and non verbal symbol systems. The course is intended for students who communicate in one-on-one situations, including communication, fashion, allied health, public service and business majors. This course is also intended for students who are interested in further development of effective interpersonal skills in work, volunteer, and personal environments. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

160 Argumentation - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Communication Studies 103 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 160.
This course is a study of argumentation. Emphasis is placed on research, analysis of propositions, testing of evidence, construction of the brief, and preparation for presentation of constructive and refutation cases. This course is designed for communications studies majors and anyone interested in argumentation and debate. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

170 Small Group Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5 and Communication Studies 103 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 170. 
This course is a study of the concepts and theories related to group formation and development, and basic group communication dynamics. Students lead and participate in various forms of group discussion. This course is designed for communication studies and business majors as well as for anyone interested in working effective

180 Intercultural Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Speech Communications 180.
This course is a study of communication between members of differing cultures. Emphasis is placed on the culture and communication, including social psychological variables, verbal and nonverbal language systems, cross-cultural communication breakdowns and conflict resolution. Students apply the principles of intercultural communication to contemporary cross-cultural and global communication issues. This course is designed for students majoring in communication studies, international business, business, education, social sciences, nursing, mass communications, and all fields of study that require cross-cultural contact and/or awareness of cultural distinctions. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

290 Independent Study - Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from instructor for registration.
 Advanced special work in debate, radio interpretation, public address. AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.