Georgia Highlands College

Communications Course Descriptions


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COMM1100-Human Communications. Prerequisites: None. Human Communications is an introductory general-education course for all GHC students and Communication majors focused on the fundamental components of the human communication process, emphasizing selected concepts, methods, and practice in one-on-one, small group, and presentational settings. This course covers such areas as information gathering, perception, message design, audience considerations, verbal/nonverbal approaches, discussion/delivery strategies, critical analysis, and related media technology support resources. Includes student speaking assignments.

COMM1101-Introduction to Mass Media. Prerequisite ENGL1101. A survey of the mass media and its impact on society. This introductory course examines theories and practices of mass communication in a variety of contexts including but not limited to radio, television, magazines, newspapers, the Internet, citizen media and social media. Topics also include ethical, moral, legal, gender and minority issues. This is a foundation course for students pursuing careers in communication and journalism, including print/broadcast media, public relations, sales and marketing, advertising, digital media and corporate communications. 

COMM1210-Public Speaking. Prerequisites: READ0099 & ENGL0099. Public Speaking is a course for all majors that is designed to help students improve their ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations before an audience. This fundamental speech course emphasizes creation of ideas, audience analysis, managing anxiety, organization skills, delivery techniques, use of visuals aids and presentation software. Students will extemporaneously deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.

COMM1502-Intercultural Communication. Prerequisites: READ0099/ENGL0099, COMM1100 or COMM1210. In todayʼs multicultural, global society, intercultural communication is a common occurrence. Intercultural Communication is an introductory course for all majors that examines effective and productive interactions between and among various cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial and social groups. This course will explore (1) humans as cultural beings (who we are, how we think, how we write, what we say, and how we say it) and (2) how cultural differences among humans relate to language learning and teaching. Through this course, students build knowledge and skills to communicate across cultures to increase their effectiveness at work and in the community.

COMM2105 – Interpersonal Communication (3-0-3). Prerequisites: READ0099/ENGL0099, COMM1100 or COMM1210. This course covers the principles, theories and practical applications of effective interpersonal communication in both face-to-face and mediated contexts. Among other topics, self-perception, self-disclosure, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication within dyadic communication situations will be covered. Students will learn to become sensitive to the relational development of these ideas in various contexts, particularly those involving relationships within families, among co-workers and friends, and romantic partners.

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