Relational

Relational and Organizational Communication explores the social interactions between individuals and cultures. Faculty and students in this area study various types of relationships, ranging from the interpersonal and organizational to the co-cultural and intercultural.



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complete course descriptions (pdf)

  • courses include:

  • SPCM130 - Relational and Organizational Communication. F, S, SS
    Basic communication processes and skills central to relating and organizing in interpersonal, small group, and organizational contexts.
  • SPCM232 - Group Communication. F, S (Prerequisite: SPCM200)
    Principles and methods of group communication emphasizing face-to-face and electronically mediated problem solving and decision making.
  • SPCM 278A- Communication Skills: Convention/Meeting Planning. S
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM 278B- Communication Skills: Interviewing. F
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM 278D- Communication Skills: Friendship. S
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM 278E- Communication Skills: Intercultural Competence. F
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM 278F- Communication Skills: Virtual Communication. F, S
    (Prerequisite: Restricted to communication studies majors with at least 45 credits.)
  • SPCM331 - Nonverbal Communication. S
    Non-language symbols in communication; systems and functions of nonverbal communication behaviors.
  • SPCM332 - Interpersonal Communication Skills. F, S, SS
    Analysis, exploration, and skill enhancement strategies for interpersonal communication in friendship, couple, family, and business relationships.
  • SPCM333 - Professional Communication. F, S (Prerequisite: SPCM200)
    Technological, interpersonal, and ethical dimensions of professional communication, emphasizing interviews, teams, and presentations at work.
  • SPCM334 - Co-Cultural Communication. F, SS
    Cultural concerns of communication among co-cultures of United States; diversity; self-awareness as cultural imperative for enhanced communication.
  • SPCM335 - Gender and Communication. F
    Analysis and exploration of communication as it relates to gender and women’s and men’s roles and identities.
  • SPCM431 - Communication, Language, and Thought. S
    Influence of rhetoric, ranging from spoken language to electronically mediated communication, on human understanding and Western thought.
  • SPCM433– Communication and Organizations. F
    Communication theory and strategy for empowerment of non-supervisory and supervisory personnel.
  • SPCM434 - Intercultural Communication. F, S
    Cultural influences on communication between people of different nations; communication rules/norms in specific cultures; cultural adaptation.
  • SPCM436- Conflict Management and Communication. S.
    Theories and principles of communication in conflict management; application to conflict resolution situations.
  • SPCM437 - Studies in Persuasion. S
    Rhetorical and behavioral theories of persuasion applied to persuasive practice in public and interpersonal arenas of social influence.
  • SPCM436 - Conflict Management and Communication. S
    Theories and principles of communication in conflict management; application to conflict resolution situations.
  • SPCM532 - Theories of Interpersonal Communication. S
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing, or SPCM 332 and additional 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies) Theories of communication in development, maintenance, and deterioration of friendship, couple, family, group, and business relationships.
  • SPCM533 - Discourse, Work, and Organization. F
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or SPCM433 and 12 additional 300 and 400 level credits in Communication Studies) How organizing processes and discursive practices create, maintain, and destroy diverse forms of work in society.
  • SPCM534 - Communication and Cultural Diversity. S
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or SPCM434 and 12 additional 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies) Ethnographic approach to communication issues and concerns in a global context.
  • SPCM539 - Communication Theory. F
    (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or 15 300-400 level credits in Communication Studies and/or English) Examination of communication philosophies and perspectives; analysis of modern theories of face-to-face communication.
  • SPCM638 - Communication Research Methods. S.
    Historical and philosophical context of communication research; relationship between theory and method; dominant forms of communication research.