COM1000EN - Intro to Communication Theory

Course description

This course provides an introductory survey to the major theoretical approaches to and applications of the communication discipline.

How this course benefits students

Students become familiar with the basic theories that encompass the various areas of studies (e.g. interpersonal, organizational, media, intercultural, and rhetoric) within the communication discipline.

Why this course is important

As students explore the philosophical foundations of the human communication process, it helps them become competent communicators in their service to God and others.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Kay Coryn, Professor of Communication

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Integrating our Christian faith with our educational endeavors involves acknowledging that Christ is the foundation for all that we think, do, and communicate. Students in this course become acquainted with the philosophical underpinnings of human communication and are guided to recognize their strengths and weaknesses in light of biblical principles.

Missionally driven

To effectively engage with those in need of Christ's redemption, we must identify the best approaches for communicating so that our communication will resonate with people. This course offers students a close look at the principles of human communication and in which contexts to apply them.

Contextually informed

There are many contexts of study within the communication discipline. This course introduces theories that can be applied in various contexts, whether interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, or through the media.

Interculturally focused

This course offers students human communication theories that can be used in intercultural settings.

Practically minded

Daily human interactions are ripe with communication theories. By learning about various theories, students become more aware of which approaches are in play at any given time, and they are likely to be able to participate more fully and constructively in communication processes.

Experientially transformed

The coursework is designed to give students the opportunity to consider how theory fits within the communication discipline and how they can easily apply communication theories to their everyday interactions.