Undergraduate Courses

The following descriptions are written for students by students. They are meant to give you an idea of what the courses are like from a student perspective. If you want the official descriptions, consult the course catalog.

CMN 101 Public Speaking

Afraid to stand up and speak in front of a group of people? No worries! Communication 101 gives you multiple opportunities to become more confident in your speaking skills. From presenting a how-to speech to preparing for your future career path, this course will help you tackle those public speaking nerves.

CMN 102 Introduction to Communication

What could you possibly learn in CMN 102: Introduction to Communication? Everything! This survey class provides a brief overview of many areas of communication, including interpersonal communication, health communication, and media effects. Loved the unit on family communication? Take CMN 336. Really interested in the role of communication in business? CMN 211 is perfect for you. Find out about your communication favorites by taking CMN 102, which will give you the base knowledge necessary to be successful in the communication field.

CMN 112 Oral and Written Communication II

Do you love to debate? Or do you want to learn how to hold your own in a heated argument? CMN 112: Oral and Written Communication II is your chance to participate in a real debate and learn the key elements needed to make strong arguments. Sharpen your debating skills ... you never know when you'll need them!

CMN 113 Small Group Communication

Working in small groups can be tough, but this class helps! Learn the best ways to communicate in small groups to come up with the most efficient way to to get things done. Improve group communication so you can come to an effective decision. You will also work with a registered student organization to develop a communication plan to improve their functions.

CMN 204 Internship in Teaching Communication

Want to do more with your communication major? Interested in what it is like to teach in the Department? Become a teaching intern and learn the behind the scenes process of a university course. Assist the professor and teaching assistants with preparing for exams and helping undergraduate students.

CMN 211 Business Communication

Nervous for all these career fairs on campus? Need to learn how to make a good first impression, resume, or memo? Business communication helps you develop these skills and improve your confidence in a small, 30-person course.

CMN 212 Introduction to Organizational Communication

Do you learn better by communicating and collaborating with classmates? In CMN 212 students work together through weekly forum posts to better understand the material covered in class by relating it to real life experiences.

CMN 220 Public Policy

How you present policy is key in today's professional, personal, and public interest society. This course helps you develop the skills to design and present public policy according to your audience and varying tasks. Special emphasis given to advanced writing skills.

CMN 230 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Students in CMN 230: Interpersonal Communication learn how to make a good first impression, how to initiate friendships, how to build good relationships, how to avoid relationship deterioration, and how to terminate toxic relationships. The skills conveyed in CMN 230 are useful in both the professional arena and the personal arena!

CMN 260 Health Communication

CMN 260: Health Communication offers students a close-up look at the communication channels and messages at work in healthcare settings. This field is ever-changing, ever-exciting, and applicable to anyone who has ever visited a doctor's office! As a capstone to the class, students research a health communication internship or job, and present why that job fits with their goals and interests. It is great experience in both job searching and public speaking.

CMN 277 Introduction to Mediated Communication

How did television develop from newspapers? What is classified as sexually explicit content? Learn about all aspects of the media and its effects on audiences. We look at the past and present to predict what the future might bring.

CMN 280 Communication Technology and Society

Have you ever wondered how social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter affect your life? Communication 280 explores the history of how communication technology has affected human society and how we can manage the future technologies that are emerging in our own generation. As technology advances, it is becoming more important for us to understand the impact it can have on human communication.

CMN 321 Strategies of Persuasion

Ever wonder why Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is so famous? King's use of compelling metaphors is a strong persuasive strategy that captivates his audience's attention. Learn more about the reason behind this speech's greatness in CMN 321: Strategies of Persuasion.

CMN 323 Argumentation

From the most casual discussion over what movie to see, to how best to dump your significant other, to the proper course of actions to take in Afghanistan, to the value of social programs like Medicare, arguments create and sustain our very sense of everyday life. This course allows you to learn different perspectives, how to effectively argue, and apply these skills to controversial texts, events, and issues.

CMN 326 Mass Media and the Audience

CMN 326: Mass Media and the Audience not only will give students academic insight into the field of audience study, but it also will shows them how audience analysis applies in the professional arena. Skyping with a public relations professional from New York City puts the theories into practice with real-world stories and examples.

CMN 336 Family Communication

Family communication is just that! This course looks at families, how they change, and how communication in families evolves as the families themselves change. Look at how families communicate when presented with change. Discuss family laws, divorce, the addition of children, and more.

CMN 368 Sexual Communication

Have you ever wondered if a “friends with benefits” relationship can have harmful effects? This course explores the many ways in which sexual communication affects our daily lives. Talking about sex isn’t easy, and this course can give you an idea of how talking about sex can achieve multiple goals.

CMN 375 Popular Media and Culture

Interested in exploring the relationship between films and the time periods in which they were produced? This course analyzes a specific film topic and shows the impact it had on society and how society influenced the film topic. Topics in the past have included film noirs and westerns.

CMN 411 Organizational Communication Assessment

Interested in how a successful organization functions? Want to learn how departments diagnose communication problems and work towards correcting them? This course gives you the means to assess communication practices in many organizations. You also have the chance to conduct a communication audit of an organization to get first-hand experience.

CMN 429 Race and the Mass Media

Have you ever wanted to get an in-depth look at how different stereotypes are portrayed in television shows and movies? In CMN 429, students get to study and learn about different stereotypes, what they consist of, how they are used, and the effects they have on people. You'll be surprised how much the material in this course relates to your daily life!

CMN 432 Gender and Language

If you're interested to learn why men are masculine, why your boyfriend or girlfriend does the things he or she does, or why feminism got women to where they are today, CMN 432: Gender and Language is the perfect course for you!

CMN 496 Nonprofit Communication Management

If you're interested in how to write a grant, determine a mission statement's effectiveness, or how the board and executive director are related, CMN496: Nonprofit Communication Management is a great class, and just the thing for you.

CMN 496 Risk Communication

Risk Communication will not only teach you how to develop and convey accurate risk messages through various theories, it gives you the opportunity to create your own health campaign. What campaign do you think uses fear appeal? The Truth Campaign or The Montana Meth Project? Take this class, and you will find out!