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- This first-year course is a skills-based introduction to critical reading, writing, and critical thinking. Through interdisciplinary reading assignments, in-class work, and a series of papers, students will develop an approach to analyzing and responding to ideas presented in class in writing and orally. In addition, students will develop their research techniques and their ability to understand the mechanics of writing, including punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
- This course examines the principles and contexts of human communication. Some of the principles examined are contemporary human communication models, verbal and nonverbal communication, and perception and identity. Primary contexts studied include interpersonal, group, intercultural, organizational, public, media, and computer-mediated communication. This course also considers the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus.