Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ACOM 1300 Introduction to Communication
This course focuses on the development of effective and ethical communication skills needed to foster positive communication in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the basic principles of communication related to perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Students have the opportunity to learn through service, writing, reading, discussing, listening, and participating in critical thinking and problem-solving activities. Three credit hours.

ACOM 2310 Human Communication Concepts
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of instructor; majors/minors should take in their first year in the program. An introduction to the field of communication by an overview of communication theories and concepts, emphasizing how humans communicate to co-construct a social world with others. Students engage in practical and ethical application of concepts to their professional and personal lives. Three credit hours. munication. Three credit hours.

ACOM 2311 Introduction to Communication Research
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300; Pre-or co-requisite ACOM 2310 or consent of the instructor; majors should take in their first year in the program. Introduction to applied research methods, increasing students’ awareness of how such research is developed, conducted, and communicated. Topics include developing research questions, research ethics, types of research done in the field, and the role of case studies in applied communication research. Students will complete a case study analysis of a particular event or place. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3300 Interpersonal Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Enhances the student’s ability to understand and participate in effective interpersonal communication with a focus on positive communication as a way to encourage strong social relationships. Focus on using major interpersonal theories and concepts to develop a heightened awareness of relationship issues, as well as communication competence in relationships. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3301 Honors Interpersonal Communication
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 with a grade of ”C” or better or consent of instructor; admission to UA Little Rock Honors College. Enhances the student’s ability to understand and participate in effective interpersonal communication with a focus on positive communication as a way to encourage strong social relationships. Focus on using major interpersonal theories and concepts to develop a heightened awareness of relationship issues, as well as communication competence in relationships. This course replaces ACOM 3300 in the Applied Communication major for honors students. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3315 Gender Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300, or declared minor in Gender Studies, or consent of the instructor. An examination of gender constructs as they influence verbal and nonverbal interaction. Topics include the ways communication in families, schools, media, and society creates and perpetuates gender roles, and how socially-created gender differences in public and private setting affect success, satisfaction, and self-esteem. Focus on using major gender communication theories and concepts to develop a heightened awareness of gender issues that relate to human interaction. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3316 Interviewing
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. This course develops the student’s ability to effectively prepare for and participate in a variety of interview situations. Topics include impression management, rapport building, interview organization, effective questions and answers, and effective listening. The focus is on using in-class activities to develop effective interviewing skills. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3320 Persuasive Presentations
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor; majors/ minors should take in their first year in the program. This course develops the student’s ability to prepare and deliver an effective persuasive presentation. Topics include audience analysis, critical thinking and listening, the use of supporting materials and presentational aids, ethical implications of public presentations, and the development of a communication orientation to public speaking. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3321 Honors Persuasive Presentations 
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 with a grade of “C” or better or consent of the instructor; admissions to UA Little Rock Honors College; majors/ minors should take in their first year in the program. This course develops the student’s ability to prepare and deliver an effective persuasive presentation. Topics include audience analysis, critical thinking and listening, the use of supporting materials and presentational aids, ethical implications of public presentations, and the development of a communication orientation to public speaking. This course replaces ACOM 3320 in the Applied Communication major for honors students. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3322 Group Communication
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. The principles of group/team interaction are studied and applied in a series of group discussions dealing with information gathering, problem solving, and decision making. Activities identify the effects ofan individual’s characteristics on the group and of group action on the individual. The focus is on using in-class and group activities to develop effective group interaction skills and presentation skills. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3323 Conflict Management
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Development of the student’s ability to manage conflict in organizations, groups, and personal relationships effectively. Topics include theories, styles, patterns, and systems of conflict as well as conflict management techniques of negotiation and mediation. The course uses in-class activities to understand the factors and dynamics of conflict resolution better and to develop effective conflict management skills that include forgiveness and reconciliation. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3324 Honors Conflict Management
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 with a grade of “C” or better or consent of the instructor; admission to UA Little Rock Honors College. Development of the student’s ability to manage conflict in organizations, groups, and personal relationships effectively. Topics include theories, styles, patterns, and systems of conflict as well as conflict management techniques of negotiation and mediation. The course uses in-class activities to understand the factors and dynamics of contlict resolution better and to develop effective conflict management skills that include forgiveness and reconciliation. This course replaces ACOM 3323 in the Applied Communication major for honors students. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3330 Professional Communication
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. This course focuses on building positive relationships in organizations. Topics include effective leadership, coaching/mentoring, dealing with difficult people, and civility in the workplace. In-class activities, presentations and case studies are used to develop effective professional communication skills. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3340 Communication Ethics
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. This course explores the relationship between positive communication, personal character, and the common ethical questions encountered in communication. These questions look at what principles should guide human behavior, what it takes to communicate wisely and ethically, and what the relational, cultural, social and organizational consequences of ethical and unethical communicative behaviors are. The focus is on illustrating the importance of ethics through practical applications of communication-based principles. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3341 Honors Communication Ethics
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor, and admission to UA Little Rock Honors College. This course explores the relationship between positive communication, personal character, and the common ethical questions encountered in communication. These questions look at what principles should guide human behavior, what it takes to communicate wisely and ethically, and what the relational, cultural, social and organizational consequences of ethical and unethical communicative behaviors are. The focus is on illustrating the importance of ethics through practical applications of communication – based principles. This course replaces ACOM 3340 in the Applied Communication major for honors students. Three credit hours.

ACOM 3350 Nonverbal 
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Examination of codes of nonverbal communication within personal, interpersonal, and professional contexts. Topics include the role of appearance, body language, space, touch, paralanguage, artifacts, and time in communication; interpersonal attractiveness; credibility; dominance; and impression management. rocus on using major nonverbal communication theories and concepts to develop a heightened awareness of the role of nonverbal communication in human interaction. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4110 Senior Portfolio Presentation
Prerequisite or corequisite: ACOM 4300. Students will create and present a career portfolio of their college work, representing the learning goals of the major, to faculty and potential employers. Multiple assignment options will be provided for the portfolio presentation requirement. Credit/no-credit.

ACOM 4101 Independent Study
Prerequisite: ACOM 2301 and 2311 or consent of the instructor. Students will read and do research in a selected area of communication. Projects and papers must be approved by the instructor and department chair prior to registration. One credit hour. This may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

ACOM 4201, 4301 Independent Study
Prerequisite: ACOM 2310 and 2311 or consent of the instructor. Students will read and do research in a selected area of communication. Projects and papers must be approved by the instructor and department chair prior to registration. Two credit hours. This may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

ACOM 4300 Senior Capstone Project
Prerequisites: ACOM 2310, 2311, 3320, and I 5 hours in Applied Communication or department chair approval. Integration
of learning about human communication in various contexts, culminating in an applied qualitative research project and presentation. Intended to be taken in last semester before graduation. Credit/no-credit.

ACOM 4310 Applied Communication Research
Prerequisite: ACOM 2311 or consent of the instructor. Examination of the applied role of communication research in a variety of contemporary organizations using quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. Focus on identifying the practical applications of research for organizational members by completing a quantitative or qualitative research study. Dual- listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5310. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4311 Organizational Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Students develop an ability to understand and apply major theories and concepts from communication theories to varied organizational contexts. Topics such as leadership, motivation, planned change, conflict, diversity, and decision making are explored through practical application to cases and during class activities. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5311. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4312 Intercultural Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 or declared major/minor in International Studies or consent of the instructor. An exploration ol’the relationship between communication and varied ethnic and national cultures across multiple contexts, including work, community, medical, and interpersonal. Topics such as culture shock, language, conflict, and cultural identity arc explored. Class activities and case studies focused on developing competent and ethical application of major intercultural theories and concepts. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5312. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4313 Seminar: Studies in Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Investigation of specific communication theories, skills, and practices. Focus is on an in-depth treatment of a content area not typically represented in other courses in the major. May be repeated for credit. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5313. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4314 Communication Skill Center Internship
Prerequisite: ACOM 3320 or consent of the Communication Skill Center director. An opportunity to apply communication concepts and skills in a professional setting within the department. Interns gain experience working in the Communication Skill Center, assisting in its daily operation. Focus is on experiencing and analyzing communication in real-world situations. An application and interview process must be completed before enrolling in this course. Three credit hours. May be repealed for up lo 12 hours credit: 6 hours toward fulfillment of the major (3 hours for the minor) and 6 hours toward fulfillment of general electives.

ACOM 4315 Internship in Communication
Prerequisites: junior standing; 2.50 overall GPA and 3.00 within the department, minimum of 18 hours in the program and approval of the internship director. An opportunity to apply communication concepts and skills in a professional setting outside the department. Focus on experiencing and analyzing communication in real-world situations. An application and interview process must be completed before enrolling in this course. One hundred fifty hours minimum of work for three credit hours. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit. May be repeated up to 12 hours credit: 6 hours toward fulfillment of the major (3 hours for the minor) and 6 hours toward fulfillment of general electives.

ACOM 4317 Honors Intercultural Communication
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 with a grade of “C” or better, or declared major/minor in International Studies, or consent of the instructor; admission to UA Little Rock Honors College. An exploration of the relationship between communication and varied ethnic and national cultures across multiple contexts, including work, community, medical, and interpersonal. Topics such as culture shock, language, connict, and cultural identity are explored. Class activities and case studies focused on developing competent and ethical application of major intereultural theories and concepts. This course replaces ACOM 4312 in the applied communication major for honors students. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4323 Family Communication
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. Study of communication phenomena in the family setting. Examination of how communication creates and influences the development, maintenance, and enhancement of family relationships. Case analysis and course activities focus on co- constructing family relationships with effective communication skills. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4324 Organizational Communication Seminar
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300. Special topics in organizational communication including but not limited to organizational identification, risk and issue management, organizational change, or critical approaches to organizational communication. Focus on giving students an in-depth understanding of a specialized aspect of organizational communication. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5324. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4350 Effective Crisis Communication
Prerequisite: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. This course investigates and analyzes instances of effective and ineffective crisis communication. Students will examine the internal organizational processes and the larger environment within which various organizations exist focusing on issues such as stakeholders, legal environments, and the larger social and cultural contexts. Focus on media, image, and resiliency theories of crisis communication, and their practical implications for organizations. Three credit hours.

ACOM 4357 Communication and Managing Difference
Prerequisites: ACOM 1300 or consent of the instructor. This course explores communication and difference in such areas as race and ethnicity, social class, age, sexual orientation, and disability. Through applying communication theories and ideas to our experiences in each of the targeted areas, we can emerge with tools to manage communication across lines of difference and create more positive social worlds. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as ACOM 5357. Three credit hours.