Department of Communication Studies
CO 101 Basic Communication 3 Cr
Introduction to the field of communication through the study of life-enhancing
communication skills including listening attentively, managing
conflict, interviewing successfully, interpreting media, sustaining healthy
relationships, working effectively in groups and communicating amid diversity.
Students also receive training in multiple forms of public speaking.
Assignments apply communication training to students’ personal, academic
and professional lives. Each semester
CO 108 Digital Publishing 3 Cr
An introduction to digital publishing in the age of social media. Students
learn basic design philosophy in addition to how to use traditional desktop
publishing software such as Adobe InDesign for production of pamplets,
newsletters, etc. Plus advanced units on digital design, Photoshop, designing
for Web 2.0 and guides for effective PowerPoint presentations
using digital tools. This course cannot be substituted for the CO 101 Core
requirement. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of instructor. Spring semester.
CO 111-112 Introduction to Forensics 1-3 Cr
Preparation for intercollegiate forensics competition in individual events and
World Debate. Events include extemporaneous, impromptu, after-dinner
speaking, persuasion, informative, prose, communication analysis, poetry,
duo, dramatic, program oral interpretation and World Debate. This course
cannot be substituted for the CO 101 Core requirement. Prerequisite:
Consent of instructor. Each semester.
CO 130 Viral Video 3 Cr
Get Smart! Smartphones have given rise to “Citizen Video” so in this course
student citizens can start producing their citizen videos for distribution
on YouTube and elsewhere. Students will dive in to produce movies that
will end up on YouTube and in Carroll’s spring Charlies competition. The
Citizen Video course will then expand into Citizen Media, and the world
of podcasting and video casting. An entry-level digital moviemaking and
citizen media primer for student filmmakers. You can use your smart phone
or your camera or video or iPad to shoot some video. (We even have a
couple of video-cameras.) Then we will edit it into something interesting.
Whether it goes viral is out of our hands, but it will be good enough for the
Charlies! Cross listed with computer science course CS 130. This course
cannot be substituted for the CO 101 Core requirement. No prerequisites.
CO 165 Fundamentals of Film & TV Production I: 3 Cr
Writing for Film & TV
Introduces students to the writing techniques and design of TV, Film and
video programs in both multi-camera and single-camera environments.
Students learn about writing styles and techniques, story structure, narration,
and dialogue through the writing of broadcast news, persuasive
(advertisements), documentary and drama scripts for the audio-visual
medium. Students will also have the opportunity to translate their scripts
into visual pieces through a hands-on camera exercise. (Both CO 165 and
CO 166 required before advancing to CO 265) CO 165 and CO 166 can be
taken in any order. This course cannot be substituted for the CO 101 Core
requirement. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.
CO 166 Fundamentals of Film & TV Production II: 3 Cr
Aesthetics of Film & TV
Students learn about the creative process of producing film and television
programs: camera work, lighting, art direction, set design, costume design,
sound design, editing, and how they all contribute to the film and TV production
process. Through a hands-on approach (camera work) and critical
analysis, students will learn and understand how messages are successfully
and unsuccessfully crafted, targeted, and delivered through the TV and film
medium. (Both CO 165 and CO 16 required before advancing to CO 265) CO
165 and CO 166 can be taken in any order. This course cannot be substituted
for the CO 101 Core requirement. Fall semester, even-numbered years.
CO 206 Small Group Communication 3 Cr
The study of group communication processes. Students will learn group
communication theory and then apply that theory through in-class group
games and out-of-class group projects. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: CO 101.
CO 210 Language and Nonverbal Behavior 3 Cr
A study of the theory and research on the relationships between language,
nonverbal behavior, and communication in contemporary American society.
We will investigate the practices and techniques involving verbal and
nonverbal actions used in everyday encounters. Topics include slang,
hate speech, dialects, interactional synchrony, physical symmetry, micro
expressions, gestures, etc. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing
required, CO 101. Fall semester; odd-numbered years.
CO 211-212/311-312/411-412 Advanced Forensics 1-3 Cr
Preparation for intercollegiate forensics competition in individual events and
World Debate in British Parliamentary format. The team competes in the
Northwest, the Rocky Mountain region, Canada and in select international
events abroad. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Each semester.
CO 215-216 Introduction to Public Relations 6 Cr
A two-semester introduction to the theory and practice of public relations.
The first semester focuses on theory and on writing. The second semester
focuses on case studies and the design of a public relations campaign for a
local organization. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of instructor. Sequence
starts the fall semester of even-numbered years and continues in the spring.
CO 225 Professional Communication 3 Cr
An advanced course in public speaking with practical career-training emphasis,
this course is aimed at preparing students to make polished public
presentations. The course will include units on listening, job interviewing,
and public speaking for professionals. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of
instructor. Spring; even-numbered years.
CO 226 Community Assistant Seminar 2 Cr
A course designed for paraprofessionals working in residence halls. By
means of readings, professional speakers, and discussions, students will
become more effective in performing duties and accepting responsibilities
of a resident assistant. Class begins one week before fall semester; does
not satisfy CORE communication course.
CO 227/228 Ambassador Seminar 1 Cr
A course designed for Student Ambassadors (Carroll’s student tour guides).
Topics covered will include communication and presentation skills, history
and facts about Carroll College, Student Services/resources on campus,
and a general overview of the admission process. By means of readings,
professional speakers, and discussions, students will become more effective
in performing duties and understanding the responsibilities of Student
Ambassadors. There will be some written homework assignments as well
as out of class work (shadowing tours, helping with admission special
events, etc). Required of all new Student Ambassadors. Grading will be
Pass/Fail only. Spring Semester only. Prerequisite: CO101 (may be taken
concurrently). Instructor’s consent required.
CO 236-237 Prospector Student Newspaper 1-3 Cr
All students are welcome to join the staff of The Prospector, the student
newspaper. Students will be assigned tasks in accordance with their talents
and the pa-pers’ needs: writing stories, taking photos, designing pages
or selling ads. Variable credits: 1 credit equals one contribution per issue;
2 credits, 2 contributions, 3 credits three contributions. Every semester.
CO 250 Social Media and Communication 3 Cr
Social Media and Communication examines the profound shift that the
Internet, social networking, digital publishing and mobile media technologies
(Facebook, Twitter, et al.) have on the communication and business
landscape. Through both theoretical and practical study, students will
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examine evolving technologies and their application to personal life,
business development and business marketing/sales. The course will end
with experiential learning labs utilizing social media, social networking
and real-time publishing. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of instructor.
CO 265 Basic Single Camera Production 4 Cr
This course focuses on camera production. Course will incorporate time
in the field shooting videos and time in the editing suite using non-linear
editing equipment in addition to classroom discussion and demonstration.
Student will assume the role of writer/director and organize a production
team and schedule. Lab required. Prerequisite CO 101 or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite: CO 165 and CO 166. Spring semester.
CO 275 Conflict Management 3 Cr
Students learn various strategies for engaging in productive conflict management,
while preventing and de-escalating destructive conflict. The
course examines the dynamics of everyday conflicts across a variety of
settings, from personal relationships to the workplace. Additionally, students
will be asked to reflect on their own style of conflict management and
improve their skills. Course content will include both theory and application,
with an emphasis on their interrelation. Topics include factors that influence
conflict choices, ethical implications, options for third-party intervention,
and the roles of forgiveness and reconciliation. Prerequisite: CO 101 or
consent of instructor.
CO 279 Writing About Movies 3 Cr
Course is designed to teach a student to recognize and appreciate a good
film. Students will watch classic films, read film reviews, and learn how to
write and publish film reviews. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of instructor.
Fall semesters, even-numbered years. Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement.
CO 280 Gender Communication 3 Cr
Examination of interactive relationships between gender and communication
in contemporary American society. Course will explore ways that
communication creates and perpetuates gender roles and how socially
created gender roles are enacted in public and private settings. Students
will connect research to everyday lives. Prerequisite: Sophomore status
absolutely required, CO 101. Spring semster, odd-numbered years. Fulfills
National Diversity requirement.
CO/ENWR 306 Writing for the Print Media 3 Cr
Students learn basic elements of journalistic writing for the print media, including
news reporting, feature writing, and column writing. Course includes
study of libel law, observation of community media, and production of one
issue of the school newspaper. Prerequisite: ENWR 102 and CO 101 or
consent of instructor. Spring semester. Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement.
CO 308 Communication Ethics 3 Cr
Course seeks to deepen insights into ethical issues arising on all frontiers
of communication, ranging from small groups to news media. Students
will read case studies of ethical crises and learn to apply philosophical
and religious ethical principles to those crises. Prerequisite: CO 101, junior
standing, or consent of instructor. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.
CO 310 Mass Media 3 Cr
The study of the history and theory of contemporary mass media including
radio, television, and print media. Course examines the cultural forces
that shape and define mass media as well as the way mass media shapes
our culture. Prerequisite: CO 101 or consent of instructor. Fall semester,
CO 320 Organizational Communication 3 Cr
This course presents both historical and current perspectives on the origins
and usefulness of organizational theory relating to communication, emphasizing
the relationship between organizational life and communication
principles. The course provides an opportunity for experiential learning,
combined with theory, for under-standing and improving communication
skills in a variety of organizational settings. Upon completion of the course,
students will be able to explain how communication functions within organizations
and how communication practices can be used to understand
and enhance both employee relationships and organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Spring semester.
CO 325 Intercultural Communication 3 Cr
Study of the relationship between culture and communication in everyday
life from critical and interpretive perspectives. Students will consider the
nature and place of cultural practices in social life and will examine the
influence of world views, values and beliefs on communication encounters
and relationships. Students will examine topics related to identity, verbal
and nonverbal communication, international travel (including study abroad),
ethnocentrism and stereotyping. Prerequisite: CO 101. Fall semester,
even-numbered years. Fulfills National Diversity requirement or Global
Diversity requirement, but not both.
CO 340 Interpersonal Communication Theory 3 Cr
The study of interpersonal communication from both a personal and
theoretical standpoint. Topics include interpersonal concepts (listening,
empathy, confirmation, humor, social support, self-disclosure, apprehension,
defensiveness, etc.), the initiation, maintenance, and termination of
platonic, romantic, and family relationships as well as attraction, courtship,
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affection, conflict, and destructive behavior. Prerequisite: Sophomore or
higher standing, CO 101. Spring semester, even-numbered years.
CO 360 Health Communication 3 Cr
A theoretical and practical examination of the central role of communication
in the provision of health care. Students will examine communication issues
such as empathy, therapeutic listening, trust, self-disclosure, social support,
and interactional control/power and their use and impact on our emotional
and physical well-being and in varying heath care relationships: individual
(e.g., the patient role, the provider role), interpersonal (e.g., provider-client,
provider-family), group (e.g., healthcare teams, self-help/support groups),
organizational, and societal. Designed to serve all students, especially those
seeking careers as healthcare professionals. Prerequisite: Junior or higher
standing, CO 101. Fall semester, even-numbered years.
CO 365 Saints TV: Television Production 3 Cr
An application of the structure and aesthetics of message design in film
and television. Course is an extension and application of CO 165, CO 166,
and CO 265. It is designed to broaden student exposure to single and
multi-camera production procedures and technology in the classroom and
in the field. Students will incorporate script, picture, and sound to create
television programs for Saints TV. Prerequisite: CO 165, CO 166, CO 265.
CO 395 Research Methods Seminar 3 Cr
A discussion of selected communication issues associated with researching
and reporting about human interaction. Students will investigate the
scope, central concepts, and practices of communication research with
particular focus upon microanalysis, ethnography, surveys, and experiments.
Prerequisite: Junior or higher standing. This seminar is for junior
communication studies majors. Fall semester.
CO 414 Human Communication Theory 3 Cr
A critical study of classical and contemporary communication theory.
Students consider foundations of communication theory through examination
of traditions of theorizing including Rhetoric, Semiotics, Cybernetics,
Critical Theory, and Phenomenology. Prerequisite: Junior or higher standing.
Fall semester, odd-numbered years.
CO 417 Methods of Teaching Speech Communication 1 Cr
Theoretical and applied study of teaching communication and coaching
speech. Students will read works on the philosophy of education and will
complete a teaching and coaching project.
CO 420 Globalization, Gender and Communication 3 Cr
This course explores globalization and its socio-econo-cultural impact on
gender. Students will identify the political, social, and cultural fault lines
created by the concept of globalization. The course will examine issues such
as power shifts and a reconfiguration of political power and civil society and
changing gender roles within the context of national cultures and the global
economy. In addition, the course will also examine the impact of wars, media,
and international institutions on the loss of nation state autonomy and
borders as well as global and gendered inequality. Prerequisite: CO 101 or
consent of instructor. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.
CO 425 Communication Career Internship 1-3 Cr
An option available to the communication major who is preparing for a career
in public relations and information, event organizing, communication
consulting, broadcasting or social media. The student will intern in an appropriate
business, non-profit organization, state office, or federal agency in
the Helena community for supervised, practical experience in the area of the
intended career. This course may be taken more than once. Each semester.
CO 495 Senior Practicum: The Graceful Exit 1 Cr
A capstone course about life transitions—particularly the graceful exit from
college and the humble entrance into a post-college career. Course includes
units on selecting and applying to graduate schools, job interviewing,
resume writing, web-based job searching, and conference call interviews
with successful communication and public relations alumni. Fall semester.
Laurel Cifala, ‘07
Edelman - Seattle
After completing a marketing communications internship with Intermountain in Helena, Laurel joined the organization's development team where she wrote grant proposals and assisted in planning the annual Festival of Trees.
Eager to pursue a career in public relations, Laurel moved to Seattle a year later and joined Edelman, a global public relations agency. She currently manages communications, public affairs, social media and media relations for a broad base of clients including Washington State Tourism, Expedia Inc. and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
"Carroll's Communications Department prepared me with the coursework and practical experience necessary to survive and thrive in the PR industry. The professors genuinely care about students' successes and have continued to offer me support and advice, even in the years after graduation."