Communications Program

Program Manager: Dr. Joan Erben, (505) 287-6651

Beth Humphreys, (505) 287-6675
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Joan ErbenSomething about the program.

Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.

CCDE-Community College Developmental English

CCDE 105N. Effective Communication Skills 4 cr. (3+2P)
Instruction and practice in basic communication, to include written and oral presentations. Develops thinking, writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills necessary for successful entry to college and university classes. Provides laboratory.

CCDE 110N. General Composition 4 cr. (3+2P)
Instruction and practice in preparation for college-level writing. Students will develop and write short essays. Provides laboratory. Prerequisite: CCDE 105N (C or better) or equivalent.

CCDL-Community College Developmental Language

CCDL 101N. Basic Skills in English as a Second Language I 4 cr. (3+2P)
Developmental studies course for ESL students. Development of basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English as a second language with emphasis on speaking and listening. Pronunciation stressed. Course intended for U.S. citizens and residents who are non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: English language screening or consent of instructor.

CCDL 103N. Basic Skills in English as a Second Language II 4 cr. (3+2P)
Continuation of CCDL 101N for ESL students. Course intended for U.S. citizens or residents who are non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: English language screening or consent of instructor.

CCDL 105N. Intermediate Skills in English as a Second Language I 4 cr. (3+2P)
Intermediate level with emphasis on reading and writing. Grammar and syntax stressed. Course intended for U.S. citizens or residents who are non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: English language screening or consent of instructor.

CCDL 107N. Intermediate Skills in English as a Second Language II 4 cr. (3+2P)
Continuation of CCDL 105N. Course intended for U.S. citizens or residents who are non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: English language screening or consent of instructor.

CCDS-Community College Developmental Studies

CCDS 104N. Comprehensive Reading Development 4 cr. (3+2P)
Integration of basic reading skills, including vocabulary development, text comprehension, and critical reading skills. RR applicable.

CCDS 108N. Effective Reading 4 cr. (3+2P)
Instruction and practice of skills and strategies for effective reading at the college level. Designed to incorporate applied skill practice lab activities. RR applicable.

CCDS 109N. Study Skills for Reading . 1-3 cr.
Individualized reading skill strategies necessary for success in college classroom. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Graded traditional or S/U.

CCDS 113N. Study Skills for English 1-3 cr.
Individualized study skill strategies necessary for success in the composition classroom. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.

COMM-Communication Studies

COMM 253G. Public Speaking 3 cr.
Principles of effective public speaking, with emphasis on preparing and delivering well-organized, logical, and persuasive arguments adapted to different audiences.

COMM 265G. Principles of Human Communication 3 cr.
Study and practice of interpersonal, small group, and presentational skills essential to effective social, business, and professional interaction.

ENGL-English
Credit for ENGL 111G is a prerequisite for every English course numbered 200 or above.

ENGL 111G. Rhetoric and Composition 4 cr.
Skills and methods used in writing university-level essays. Prerequisite(s): ACT standard score in English of 16 or higher or a Compass score 76 or higher; for those scoring 13-15 in English on the ACT or 35-75 on the Compass, successful completion of a developmental writing course; for those scoring 12 or below on the ACT standard score in English or 34 or below on the Compass, successful completion of two developmental writing courses.

ENGL 112. Rhetoric and Composition IIĀ  2 cr.
A continuation of English 111G for those desiring more work in composition. Weekly themes based on outside reading. Prerequisite: successful completion of ENGL 111G or the equivalent.

ENGL 115G. Perspectives on Literature 3 cr.
Examines literature by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds and from different cultural and historical contexts. Explores various strategies of critical reading.

ENGL 203G. Business and Professional Communication 3 cr.
Effective writing for courses and careers in business, law, government, and other professions. Strategies for researching and writing correspondence and reports, with an emphasis on understanding and responding to a variety of communication tasks with a strong purpose, clear organization, and vigorous professional style.

ENGL 211G. Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr.
Theory and practice in interpreting texts from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Strategies for researching, evaluating, constructing, and writing researched arguments. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes.

ENGL 218G. Technical and Scientific Communication 3 cr.
Effective writing for courses and careers in sciences, engineering, and agriculture. Strategies for understanding and presenting technical information for various purposes to various audiences.

ENGL 220G. Introduction to Creative Writing 3 cr.
Examines classic and contemporary literature in three genres. Various forms, terminologies, methods and technical aspects of each genre, and the art and processes of creative writing.

ENGL 240. Introduction to Literature 3 cr.
Intended primarily for non-English majors, courses will introduce poetry, fiction, and drama from a variety of periods. There will be some introduction of critical terminology and some attention to writing about literary works of art.

ENGL 244G. Literature and Culture 3 cr.
Intensive reading of and discussion and writing about selected masterpieces of world literature. Emphasizes cultural and historical contexts of readings to help students appreciate literary traditions. Core texts include works by Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare, a classic novel, an important non-Western work, and modern literature.

ENGL 251. Survey of American Literature I 3 cr.
From the colonial period to the transcendentalists.

ENGL 252. Survey of American Literature II 3 cr.
From Whitman to the present.

ENGL 299. Special Topics . 1-3 cr.
Emphasis on a literary and/or writing subject chosen for the semester. May be repeated under different subtitles.

JOUR-Journalism and MassCommunication

JOUR 105G. Introduction to Mass Communications 3 cr.
Functions and organization of the mass media system in the United States; power of the mass media to affect knowledge, opinions, and social values; and the impact of new technologies.

JOUR 110. Introduction to Mass Media Writing 3 cr. (2+2P)
Covers preparation of copy for print, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations. Introduction to Web applications. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 102, ACT English score above 25 or SAT Verbal above 570.

LING-Linguistics

LING 200G. Introduction to Language 3 cr.
Traditional fields of language study (sound, grammar, meaning) and newer ones (language as social behavior, language and cognition, language variation, animal communication).