COM 231

Introduction to Communication Theory and Research
COM 231

“There is nothing as practical as a good theory.”
—Kurt Lewin

Have you ever wondered how to make sense of either a difficult long-term relationship or of yesterday’s argument with your new roommate? Or how much confidence you can have that the person you’re conversing with is telling you the truth?  These are just a few of the important questions about your everyday communication with others that this course addresses.

Contrary to what you might think, good theories are not “pie in the sky” abstractions with little to no relevance.  SCM 231 shows you what good communication theories are made of, and how they can be applied to the key communication issues that make up your everyday life.  In this course, we strive to understand better a number of our communication concerns:  how the ways we use words influence our views of self and others (symbolic interactionist theory), how best to persuade those who are most difficult to persuade (social judgment theory), how the context of our communication makes it easier or harder for us to understand one another (coordinated management of meaning theory), and much more.  Uncover the “why” behind the “what” of your communication.  Come join us in SCM 231 and discover what all the buzz is about!

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