Applied Communication Courses

(GP) indicates that the course fulfills the Global Perspective Elective general education core requirement.


ACL 1500 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3 s.h)

This course focuses on interpersonal communication giving students a broad exposure into the theories, techniques, and skills of creating meaning and understanding between two or more people to initiate, develop, and maintain relationships at home and work. This course fulfills the Communications general education requirement.

Prerequisite: None.
Offered: fall and spring


ACL 1510 SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on idea development, organization of thought, language, and verbal and nonverbal delivery of originally prepared presentations as well as listening, receiving feedback, and relationship building. This course fulfills the Communications general education core requirement.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


ACL 2200, 2210 COMPETITIVE INTERCOLLEGIATE SPEECH AND DEBATE (1 s.h. each)

Participation on the debate/individual events team including weekly meetings, research, practice sessions, and intercollegiate tournaments under the supervision of the team coach.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall or spring


ACL 2700 PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE (1 s.h.)

Training in formal leadership of organizations with emphasis on Robert’s Rules of Order.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 3000 ARGUMENTATION AND ADVOCACY (3 s.h.)

This course involves instruction in the techniques and theories of various forms of argumentation and advocacy, including a brief introduction to various competitive debate formats. Students will learn the basic theories, principles, and practices of effective argumentation, including research and critical thinking skills to promote effective advocacy in private and public settings.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 3200, 3210 COMPETITIVE INTERCOLLEGIATE SPEECH AND DEBATE (1 s.h. each)

Participation on the debate/individual events team including weekly meetings, research, practice sessions, and intercollegiate tournaments under the supervision of the team coach.

Prerequisites: ACL 2200 or 2210 or permission of instructor
Offered: fall or spring


ACL 3400 THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF EFFECTIVE LISTENING (3 s.h.)

This course increases understanding of listening through an examination of attitudes and behaviors in appreciative, comprehensive, critical, discriminative, and therapeutic listening situations. Students will develop an individualized program for the improvement of listening.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 3540 STRATEGIC BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on development, organization, and delivery of originally prepared presentations. Emphasis is given to the recognition, adaptation, and performance in the modern business/professional environment, with emphasis on cultural and context specific speaking elements. This course fulfills the Communications general education core requirement.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 3600 EXPLORING CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

(GP) This course examines the complex relationship between communication and culture including major domains such as recognition of cross-cultural dynamics, broadening of cultural experiences, cultural sensitizing, and skill building for effective communication with people of diverse cultures as well as a variety of sub-cultural groups in the United States. Attention is also given to the formation of one’s worldview.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


ACL 3700 RESULTS-ORIENTED PERSUASION (3 s.h.)

A study of attitude modification and formation, source credibility, persuasive strategies, ethics, and audience analysis as they relate to specific persuasive situations.

Offered: as needed


ACL 3710 EFFECTIVE INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

Examination of theories and skills of interpersonal communication in social, business, and professional settings. Students learn to communicate their feelings and ideas through verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 3750 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION SKILLS (3 s.h.)

This course examines communication theories, issues, and practices applicable to group dynamics involved in the small group decision making process. Topics covered include the decision-making process, effects of group size, leadership/followership, trust, cohesiveness, relationship building and maintenance, communication culture, and problem solving.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: SOC 3750
Offered: as needed


ACL 3900 COLLABORATIVE CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

This course encourages new ways of thinking about and understanding conflict and communication behavior. Typical interpersonal methods, styles, and tactics for dealing with conflict are examined.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 4200, 4210 COMPETITIVE INTERCOLLEGIATE SPEECH AND DEBATE (1 s.h. each)

Participation on the debate/individual events team including weekly meetings, research, practice sessions, and intercollegiate tournaments under the supervision of the team coach.

Prerequisites: ACL 2200 or 2210 and ACL 3200 or 3210 or permission of instructor
Offered: fall or spring


ACL 4700 APPLIED COMMUNICATION & LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)

This is a capstone course for Applied Communication and Leadership Communication majors. It offers a practical approach to a theory-based study of typical ways of making sense of communication behavior and leadership principles from an organizational communication perspective.

Prerequisites: Senior classification or permission of instructor
Offered: as needed


ACL 4850 SEMINAR IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (3 s.h.)

Special topics of historical and contemporary importance in the field of speech communication will be selected for in-depth analysis. Can be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: as needed


ACL 4900 INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)

A capstone course offering specialized study and experience for students of applied communication and leadership. Students intern in government, business, ministry, recreation, and not-for-profit agencies. Students demonstrate their understanding of and the application of communication and leadership via journal writing and response papers to assigned readings. In some cases other internship courses may substitute for ACL 4900.

Prerequisites: Completion of major core courses or permission of instructor
Offered: as needed


ACL 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-level student to engage in special research. Credit to be determined.

Prerequisites: Approval by the faculty advisor, supervising professor, department chair, school dean, and Provost.

Offered: as needed