Speech Communication (Minor)
Introduction to OSU-Cascades Speech Communication
Speech Communication (COMM) at OSU-Cascades emphasizes the study of communication in interpersonal, community, group and intercultural contexts. Students taking COMM courses can expect to learn how to use communication concepts and theories as analytical and critical thinking frameworks for exploring and understanding their everyday and unique communication experiences.
COMM courses can be taken to fulfill requirements in the Baccalaureate (BACC) Core, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Core, Liberal Studies major, Communication minor and other OSU-Cascades majors and minors. COMM courses can not be "double counted" in the major , BACC, or CLA Core.
Cascades COMM courses
Fall 2012 - COMM 321: Introduction to Communication Theory
Winter 2013 - COMM 322: Small Group Problem Solving & COMM 399: Community Dialogue
Spring 2013 - COMM 326: Intercultural Communication & COMM 440: Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management
Current OSU-Cascades students studying COMM or
minoring in Speech Communication (and recent graduates) have....
- Won OSU (including Corvallis campus) Writing Awards.
- Completed an internship in India during which the student created a documentary on women (Fall 2009).
- Completed an independent study on Native American approaches to education (Fall 2009).
- Completed an independent study in cultural communication in Jamaica (Fall 2009).
- Completed a year of study and internship in France (Winter 2008 through Fall 2009).
- Been selected as the 2008-2009 OSU-Cascades Liberal Studies Distinguished Student.
- Completed an internship with NBC Dateline (Winter 2008).
- Been selected to lead a two-month German youth wilderness therapy program and will earn COMM credits for her project and focused examination of the field experience (Fall 2007 & Winter 2008).
- Been selected for an OSU-Cascades/German business exchange program (Spring & Summer 2007 & 2008).
- Been accepted to graduate programs in Education, Counseling, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Been hired in a variety of fields including but not limited to local environmental and sustainability non-profits, financial management, video on demand, city planning, human relations, and education.
- Been selected as the 2006 Cascades Liberal Studies Social Science Distinguished Student.
- Participated as a research assistant resulting in an academic conference presentation and publication with Dr. Natalie Dollar (Mapping the Social Science Deadhead Trip, Dead Letters, 3)
Presented at an academic conference with Dr. Natalie Dollar (Bridging the communication gap: Dialogue, the campus, and the local community. Continuums of Service Annual Conference, Portland, OR, April 2005)
- Served as facilitators for the Community Dialogue Workshops
- Completed an independent study on computer-mediated decision-making software
- Served as research assistants for an upcoming study of community rebuilding along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
The minor in Speech Communication requires three lower division courses and one upper division course. The remaining upper division courses are electives and can be taken in a combination relevant to your major. The upper division classes utilize theories, ideas and concepts of communication in an exploration of new ways of communicating. Critical thinking, written and oral communication, and collaboration are applicable skills to any major area of study, career field and your personal communication.
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