North Central College - Naperville, IL

Communication Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

COM 100 Introduction to Public Speaking (3.00)
An introduction to a wide array of public speaking skills, including preparation, presentation and evaluation of speeches. Recommended primarily for first year students and sophomores. Core: Communication.

COM 119 Forensics Performance (0.00-1.50)
For debaters, oral interpreters, and public speakers. Offered to all students who wish to participate in intercollegiate forensics. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. May be taken for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours; instructor consent required for 1.50 hours.

COM 125 Communication Concepts (1.50)
This course further explores selected concepts from SPC 100 or 200 in addition to other concepts. An integral topic of the course is listening. A selection of other topics such as impromptu speaking, communication apprehension, semantics, and communication ethics is included.

COM 185 Mass Media and Society (3.00)
The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society. Core: Social Science.

COM 200 Interpersonal Communication (3.00)
A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development, and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course. Core: Communication.

COM 214 Group Process (3.00)
The understanding and practice of small group communication theory and skills in information-sharing and decision-making discussions. Core: Communication.

COM 223 Oral Interpretation I (3.00)
Preparation and analysis of prose fiction, poetry, and drama for oral presentation through both solo and duet performance.

COM 230 Business and Professional Communication (3.00)
This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face, and electronic communication in professional settings. Students will learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing, and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management, and organizational culture.

COM 250 Introduction to Public Relations (3.00)
An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course will examine the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

COM 260 Introduction to New Media (3.00)
This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics, and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media and includes some instruction in basic web design skills. Same as: MED 260.

COM 285 Argumentation and Debate (3.00)
Theory and practice in argumentation. Students prepare for and participate in debates in order to develop skills in research, organization, critical thinking, and oral presentation. Core: Communication.

COM 287 Advanced Public Speaking (3.00)
This course builds upon the fundamentals learned in COM 100 and helps students to further develop their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

COM 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

COM 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

COM 30 Organizational Communication Theory (3.00)
A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management though cultural, critical, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Attention will be given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

COM 300 Communication Theory (3.00)
An introduction to the enduring issues of theory and research in the discipline, with special emphasis given to concepts and themes peculiar to speech communication, ethics, and historical evolution of the discipline. Intended to be a foundation for study at the advanced level in speech communication.

COM 301 Rhetoric and Public Discourse (3.00)
The study of rhetoric involves a humanistic understanding of persuasion and influence, and is ultimately concerned with how people use symbols to coordinate social action. This course builds upon the basic rhetorical knowledge from COM 100 and acquaints students with classical and contemporary perspectives on rhetoric. Students will learn how public issues are rhetorically developed, discussed and debated in the public sphere.

COM 317 Intercultural Communication (3.00)
A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction, and opinion leadership. ACR: Intercultural.

COM 330 Organizational Communication Theory (3.00)
A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management though cultural, critical, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Attention will be given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

COM 335 Freedom of Expression (3.00)
Examines the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students will study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They will learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They will also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

COM 33O Organizational Communication Theory (3.00)
A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management though cultural, critical, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Attention will be given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

COM 350 Public Relations Strategy and Implementation (3.00)
An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices-including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

COM 367 Persuasion Theories (3.00)
A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational, and mass media contexts.

COM 389 Gender and the Mass Media (3.00)
The critical analysis of the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender, representations of the body, and the cultural significance of the media. Same as: GWS 389.

COM 390 Seminar in Communication (3.00)
Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

COM 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

COM 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

COM 410 Rhetorical Criticism (3.00)
A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts.

COM 412 Media Criticism (3.00)
A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

COM 430 Advanced Organizational Communication (3.00)
This course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication processes. Paying particular attention to contemporary research and applications, this course focuses on several topics such as superior-subordinate and peer-to-peer communication, socialization processes, globalization and diversity issues, emotional labor, conflict and decision-making, organizational identity and image, new technology in organizations, organizational change, and leadership.

COM 490 Seminar in Communication (3.00)
Study of special topics in the area of communication studies.

COM 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

COM 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.