Communication Course Descriptions

305: Women's Voices Before 1920. (4) 

A critical and historical study of rhetorical discourse from a variety of women in North America prior to 1920. Women from diverse cultures (Native American, Mexican American, Asian American, European American and African American) as well as movements (abolition, women's rights, moral reform, progressivism, anarchism and labor) will be studied and their rhetorical efforts critically discussed.

306: Contemporary Women's Voices. (4)

This course focuses on a range of issues confronting women from 1920 to the present including: sexuality, civil rights, reproductive rights and sexual violence. Students will analyze the rhetorical acts of women from diverse cultural backgrounds and study their involvement in a variety of movements such as Civil Rights, feminist, La Raza, Red Power and others. The course will examine existing rhetorical theories to uncover how and why women's voices have been silenced.

351: Gender and Communication. (4)  

Examines the impact of socialization on gender roles and the influence of gender roles on communication. Looks at the communication behaviors of women and men in same sex or gender and mixed sex or gender contexts. Introduces students to current theories of gender communication. Examines the function of communication in gender role development. Topics may include language, perception, nonverbal cues, communicative style, gender in intimate contexts, gender in public contexts and gender in the media.