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Communication Faculty

                              (click on names for faculty websites)

♦  Jamie Foster, M.A.  (

♦  Cora Leighton, Ph.D.  (

♦  Evelyn J. Pine, M.A. (

♦  Mariela Thaning, M.A.  (

♦  Matthew Woods, M.A.  (


Communication Course Descriptions

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

COMM 1A, 3 Units

Introduction to Speech

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Rhetorical and argumentative analysis of significant contemporary political and social issues: Developing, stating, organizing, and researching ideas; critical thought and evaluative listening.


COMM 3, 3 Units

Introduction to Human Communication

3 Hours Lecture, (GR/PNP). Acceptable for credit: CSU

Study of human communication: Focus on verbal and nonverbal participation and effective listening in interpersonal contexts, group dynamics, and public speaking.


COMM 4, 3 Units

The Dynamics of Group Discussion

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Study of communication in a group setting: Emphasis on listening, leadership, and teamwork; theoretical and experiential learning to build on individual communication skills with the goal of understanding and practicing successful group relations.


COMM 5, 3 Units

Persuasion and Critical Thinking

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ENGL 1A. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Critical thinking skills: Principles of reasoning and persuasion, and analysis and evaluation of communication; emphasis on structure of arguments, quality of evidence, formal and informal fallacies, and effect of media on argumentation.


COMM 6, 3 Units

Intercultural Communication

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Dynamics of intercultural communication as it applies to the diversity of American cultures: Cultural concepts, language style, content, ethnic perspectives, perceptions and stereotypes, symbols, and roles as they facilitate or hinder effective verbal and nonverbal interaction across cultures; analysis of multiple intercultural communication theories.


COMM 19, 3 Units

Survey of Mass Media

3 Hours Lecture, (GR/PNP) Acceptable for credit: CSU

Survey of traditional and non-traditional mass media in America: Impact of mass media trends and technology into the 21st century; critical analysis of media messages and examination of mass media from historical, political, social, and cultural perspectives.


COMM 20, 3 Units

Interpersonal Communication Skills

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Analysis of communication needs and improvement of skills: Listening, perception, nonverbal communication, semantics, and conflict management.


COMM 45, 3 Units

Public Speaking

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Principles of public speaking: Oral presentations based on political and social issues; critical thinking, organization, and research.



(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

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