Research and methods of communicating change into existing social systems.


The IOC department has identified a series of goals and objectives students should meet. This course should help you begin to meet the following goals:

-To name, explain, and recognize different methods used in the discipline to study communication phenomena.

-Name and explain theoretical concepts central to the discipline, including those applicable to interpersonal, public, and organizational communications contexts and recognize the communication behaviors that reflect those concepts.

-Assess the ethical implications of a given communication behavior in a given context.

-Assess message strategies in interpersonal, public and organizational contexts.

-Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and public communication skills.

-Select and apply communications strategies to establish mutually rewarding social and professional relationships.

From the College Catalog: “Applications of theories and principles underlying attitude change.”


The ability to recognize and utilize persuasive communication and critically analyze persuasive message strategies is important in a wide variety of professional, organizational, social and mediated contexts. This course examines the application of persuasive theories and principles underlying attitude change in various communication situations. 

This course is an investigation into the principle of small group communication. this study provides theoretical material and practical experiences in which to practice and analyze communication in small groups. Small groups communication within many situations will be discussed and analyzed.

IOC 320 focuses on how values, attitudes and beliefs influence communication among people from different cultural backgrounds through a study of principles and processes of communication. 

The theory, research, and practical application for managing conflicts through communication is studied. The class focuses on conflict between people in the contexts of family, group and organizations.

This course is about conflict, which could be defined as those instances when accomplishing our own needs is so incompatible with or inhibited by others accomplishing their needs that we have to expend time and energy on the matter. Although we are always trying to work out minor problems of different interests, we tend to say we are “in conflict” when the problems are so difficult that they disrupt smooth system functioning. In this class we will study how people get to states of conflict, what they usually do about conflict and how they might manage conflict better.