About CDAE 1240 A

Provides the foundation for understanding communication components, processes, contexts, and applications and introduces research and theory through critique and case study.


Open to Degree and PACE students

Section Description

This course is an introductory survey of the theories, practices, and professional applications associated with public communication. As such, it places equal emphases on theory and application. This course aims to help students develop the basic PCOM skills and sensibilities needed to be relevant, responsible, and creative communicators in their communities. Specifically, this course explores communication theories and skills related to interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, workplace, nonprofit, mediated, and strategic interactions. Successful completion of this course will serve as a foundation for students interested in advanced studies in PCOM. The words "communication" and "community" share the same Latin root, communis, which means something in common. Well-trained communicators are essential to healthy, vibrant, democratic, and just communities. As such, this course will serve as a helpful primer for the types of issues and experiences all CDAE students will encounter in the coursework. After completing this course, you should have accomplished the following objectives: 1. Define, explain, and apply PCOM theories that support responsible, creative, and relevant messages.  2. Identify and analyze real-world applications of PCOM concepts, theories, and skills and their ability to support sustainable and ethical communities. 3. Describe how communication shapes and is shaped by our unique identities and lived-experiences, including, but not limited to those related to race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, religion, as well as career goals, academic pursuits, health conditions, (dis)ability, and political orientation. 4. Identify how communication competence can help you as a citizen, family member, student, and professional. 5. Identify how communication competence can help professionals in PCOM, CENT, CCD, and CID careers. 6. Display competent communication behaviors while using small group, written, and oral communication.

Section Expectation

In-person attendance for class unless there is an excusable need for an absence.

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L207 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday and Wednesday

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