[COMM] courses help to develop and express ideas beyond the medium of writing. Defined as public speaking; musical expression; interpersonal, intercultural, or visual communication; multi-media authoring; or conversational foreign language, practice with non-written communication helps students develop skills in adapting content and conventions to appropriate contexts, audiences, and purposes, and in the skillful use of credible, relevant sources to communicate ideas appropriate to the medium. Development of communication abilities may involve working with technologies, including interplay between texts, data, and images. It also may involve oral presentations and discourse, such as public speaking, small-group interaction, one-on-one conversation, and active listening.
Communication represents one of three UCORE foundational competencies [QUAN, WRTG, COMM – 9 total credits] intended for completion in a student’s first year of study. Students may complete one [WRTG] course and one [COMM] course, or may choose to complete two [WRTG] courses to fulfill their foundational competency in communication (total 6 credits).
Student Learning Outcomes
Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [COMM] course should be able to:
- Communicate effectively as appropriate to the mode of non-written communication (e.g., public speaking; musical expression; interpersonal, intercultural, or visual communication; multi-media authoring; conversational foreign language). (WSU Learning Goal: Non-written Communication)
- Recognize how the intended audience for a message shapes choices about style, tone, media, and delivery, as well as how those choices in turn shape audience reception. (WSU Learning Goal: Critical Thinking)
- Recognize how the organization of a message impacts both its effectiveness and potential responses. (WSU Learning Goal: Critical Thinking)
- Reflect on and apply feedback to increase the effectiveness of communication. (WSU Learning Goal: Critical Thinking)
- Identify when and what types of supporting materials are necessary, given the chosen delivery mode. (WSU Learning Goal: Information Literacy)
- Communicate information in appropriate written forms to support effective non-written communication. (WSU Learning Goal: Written Communication)
Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.
Available [COMM] Courses
View [COMM] courses in the WSU catalog.
|Course Prefix||Course Number||Course Title||Credits||College||Status|
|COM||102||Public Speaking in the Digital Age||3||Communication||Renewed F20|
|COM||210||Multimedia Content Creation||3||Communication||Renewed S20|
|COM||400||Communicating Science and Technology||3||Communication||Submit for renewal F23
|DTC||202||Internet Revolutions||3||CAS||Approved S22|
|DTC / DA||209||Visualizing Data||3||CAS||Approved F22|
|ENGLISH||106||Communicating in Academic Contexts||3||CAS||Renewed S22|
|FRENCH||361||Advanced French for the Professions||3||CAS||Renewed F22|
|GERMAN||307||Intermediate Speaking and Listening||3||CAS||Approved F20|
|GERMAN||361||German for the Professions||3||CAS||Renewed S23|
|H_D||205||Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills||4||CAHNRS||Renewed F20|
|H_D||305||Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills||3||CAHNRS||Approved F22|
|MKTG||279||Professional Persuasive Communications||3||Business||Submit for renewal S24|
|NEUROSCI / MBIOS||201||Introduction to Communication in the Molecular Life Sciences||3||VetMed||Submit for renewal F23|
|PHARMEDS||315||Biomedical Literature: Communicating Science||3||Pharmacy||Approved S22|
|SOC||103||Social Psychology of Communication||3||CAS||Submit for renewal S24|