Communication (CM)

CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 (4 credits)

Communication Seminar I focuses on the separate communication modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and information technological literacy as methods of making meaning. As the student explores ideas from print and online resources, personal experience, and active learning situations, she recognizes the impact on meaning of language elements such as audience, context, focus, purpose, and structure. Individually and in small and large group activities, she expands her understanding of complex topics and her critical thinking skills. She develops awareness of self-management strategies such as time management, study skills, vocabulary acquisition, and independent research, and learns to employ self assessment and feedback to evaluate her progress in this course and across the curriculum.

CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 (3 credits)

The student works to refine her communication abilities (listening, reading, speaking, writing and information technology literacy) for academic purposes so she becomes more effective in her performances and processes as well as in her self-assessment ability in relation to her development as a communicator.

Prerequisite(s): CM-120 completed.

CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 (3 credits)

The student works to communicate at an increasingly sophisticated level, using multiple communication abilities (listening, reading, speaking, writing and information technology literacy) to develop persuasive and well-researched integrated performances in preparation for advanced communication in disciplinary contexts.

Prerequisite(s): CM-125 completed.

CM-301 Analyzing Critical Connections (0 credits)

This course, an integrated communication seminar for students enrolled in the Alverno Advantage Program, focuses on the analytical reading and expository writing necessary for upper division coursework. The curriculum aims to enhance the student's critical thinking abilities as she engages with language concepts such as audience, context, focus, purpose, and structure. She further develops her ability to paraphrase ideas from the readings and identify relationships used by authors to develop their viewpoints and perspectives. The student will explore complex topics, incorporating ideas from various sources and applying theoretical concepts, as she develops her receptive and expressive communication abilities.