Communication Studies Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

CST 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING (3)

Development of basic skills for creation and delivery of oral messages in public and in small groups. Emphasizes organization and reasoning. Letter grade only. Course fee required. SPW

 

CST 112 EFFECTIVE LISTENING (1)

Study and application of components for effective listening; emphasis placed on improving individual listening skills. Letter grade only.

 

CST 116 FORENSIC WORKSHOP (1-4)

Preparation to participate in intercollegiate forensic activities: debate, platform speaking, and oral interpretation. For first- and second-year students only. Total hours in CST 116 and 316 may not exceed 8. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 4 units of credit.

 

CST 151 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Analysis of communication concepts, processes, and practices in interpersonal contexts, including situational management and behavioral repertoire development, verbal/nonverbal code in structuring conversation and relationships, functional relational systems, and intercultural/interethnic factors. Letter grade only. SPW

 

CST 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

CST 201 RESEARCH IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3)

Surveys primary research areas, methods, and perspectives in speech communication. Emphasizes basic undergraduate research techniques and writing in speech communication. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: COM 101 or COM 200 or CST 111 or instructor's consent.

 

CST 217 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE (3)

Decision making through argumentation, with special emphasis on the analysis of issues, reasoning, and refutation. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CST 111 

 

CST 271 GROUP COMMUNICATION (3)

Theory and practice of communication as applied to various large and small group contexts. Letter grade only.

 

CST 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

CST 300W RHETORICAL CRITICISM (3)

Examines classical and contemporary methods of analyzing public discourse. Emphasizes applying critical methods to a variety of persuasive texts. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: (COM 200 or CST 201) and Junior Status or higher JWRT

 

CST 311 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING (3)

Preparing and presenting speeches with special emphasis on contemporary presentation techniques. Emphasizes audience analysis, research, organizational style, presentation aids, and speech writing and delivery in a variety of contexts. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisite: CST 111 or CST 116 and Junior Status or higher 

 

CST 312 METHODS OF INTERVIEWING (3)

Theoretical and practical application of communication principles for effective interviews from the perspectives of the interviewer and interviewee in various contexts including selection, probing, persuasive, and survey interviews. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CST 111 or CST 315 and Junior Status or higher 

 

CST 314 COMMUNICATING IN INSTRUCTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS (3)

Investigates theories and practices of oral communication as they relate to pedagogical contexts within traditional and nontraditional classroom environments, organizations, and professions. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher 

 

CST 315 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING (3)

Communication principles, procedures, and practices in organizations. Emphasizes effective oral presentation techniques in a variety of contexts including informative, persuasive, and group presentations. For non-majors only. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisite: Junior Status  

 

CST 316 ADVANCED FORENSIC WORKSHOP (1-4)

Advanced preparation for participation in forensic activities, with emphasis on research, judging, and coaching of events. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 4 units of credit. Prerequisite: CST 116 and Junior Status or higher 

 

CST 318 ORAL ARGUMENTATION IN LAW (3)

Decision making and presenting proofs in legal settings. Emphasizes effective oral communication, critical reasoning, ethical reasoning, and effective writing. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisite: Junior Status SPW

 

CST 321 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Theory and practice of the principles of nonverbal communication, their applications to communication processes, and their effect on everyday life. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher 

 

CST 321H NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION - HONORS (3)

Theory and practice of the principles of nonverbal communication, their applications to communication processes, and their effect on everyday life. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group and Sophomore Status or higher 

 

CST 323 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Examines central concepts, issues, and dynamics involved in communication between cultures. Emphasizes developing a critical sensitivity appropriate to a multicultural society. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher CU

 

CST 351 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY (3)

Theoretical and critical examination of how individuals manage relationships through human communication, especially in personal and familial situations. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher 

 

CST 361 PERSUASION (3)

Theory and practice of public persuasive communication that is designed to influence people to change their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 365 COMMUNICATION IN CONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS (3)

Examines the effect of communication on historical and contemporary events. Particular attention given to how communication has been employed as an instrument of social change, order, and control. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher SPW

 

CST 370 RHETORICS OF NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTALISM (3)

This course explores the intersection of rhetoric and nature: symbolic constructions of nature via verbal and nonverbal media, environmental debates, and environmental social movement. Includes theoretical perspectives, research, and applications. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher SPW

 

CST 389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. No repeat limit. Fee required.

 

CST 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

CST 408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Department consent required. Pass/Fail only except for students in the Pre-Law Emphasis, who may elect a letter grade option. May be repeated for credit. Course fee required. Prerequisite: approval of a speech communication faculty member.

 

CST 414 METHODS FOR TEACHING SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3)

Pedagogical methods, including course design and planning, materials selection, evaluation, and in-class teaching practices, appropriate to communication skills courses. 2 hrs. lecture, 4 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: senior status, major or minor in Communication Studies, and instructor consent.

 

CST 424 GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (3)

Surveys communication theories related to the construction of gender, the relationship between gender and contemporary social issues, and research on gender differences in various communication contexts. Co-convenes with CST 524. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 424H GENDER AND COMMUNICATION - HONORS (3)

Surveys communication theories related to the construction of gender, the relationship between gender and contemporary social issues, and research on gender differences in various communication contexts. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group and Junior Status or higher 

 

CST 460 RHETORICAL THEORY (3)

Traditional and contemporary theories about public communication. Emphasizes evolution and critical analysis of theories. Co-convenes with CST 560. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CST 300W and Junior Status or higher 

 

CST 465 AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Historical and critical study of the role communication has played in American history. Co-convenes with CST 565. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

CST 472 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Explores theoretical and practical foundations of organizational communication including culture, networks, ethics, and crisis communication. Co-convenes with CST 572. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 475 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)

Theoretical and practical study of communication strategies used to influence individuals and communities. Focuses on physician-patient communication, health campaigns, risk communication, health in media, and telemedicine. Co-convenes with CST 575. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 477 MEDIATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3)

Communication strategies in the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution, including interpersonal conflict, mediation, and negotiation. Co-convenes with CST 577. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status 

 

CST 485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. (CST students in Pre-Law may choose a graded option.) May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

CST 497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. (CST students in Pre-Law may choose a graded option.) May be repeated for credit.

 

CST 498C SENIOR SEMINAR IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION (3)

Surveys recent research and conceptual trends in speech communication. During the course, you prepare a substantive research project and publicly present and defend your conclusions. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Prerequisite: 15 hours of CST-Speech Communication or COM-Communication course work and Senior Status or higher CAP

 

CST 499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only.