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CNM Communications Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I take a communication class?

None of us communicate as effectively as we could. There's always room for improvement! Employers are looking for people with strong communications skills...people who can get along with others.

If I can only take one communication class, which one would you recommend?

Communication Studies 2221: Interpersonal Communication. This is the course which lays the foundation for all the other communication courses. It covers topics like self-concept, perception, emotions, language, nonverbal communication, listening, relationships, defensiveness and conflict.

Will I have to give speeches in this class?

Graded or non graded presentations MAY be required by the instructor in ANY Communication Studies course. Speak with the individual instructor. However, the following courses MUST require presentations:

  • Comm 1130 Public Speaking
  • Comm 2225 Small Group
  • Comm 2232 Business and Professional Communication
  • Comm 2270 Communication for Teachers

Will I be required to talk about personal information in your class?

You will not be required to talk about anything you choose not to.

Will I have to speak informally in class?

All Communication Studies courses have informal in-class discussions.

Why are you so strict on attendance in your classes?

We follow the CNM attendance policy. In addition, much of the learning in communication courses comes from participation in class discussion and exercises. Work is frequently based on a collaborative learning approach and involves working with others in small groups or pairs. Learning comes from participation in these activities.

Generally, what types of assignments should I expect in Communication Studies courses?

All courses contain Final Exams, some written component and in-class discussions. Instructors may also choose from the following additional activities:

  • Oral Reports
  • Oral/Written Projects
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Written essays
  • Panel Presentations
  • Journals
  • Video Projects
  • Case Studies
  • Outside Speakers
  • Service-Learning
  • Role plays/simulations
  • Community Speeches
  • Homework Assignments

Will I need to write a paper?

Most Communication Studies courses require formal papers. ENG 1101 is strongly recommended.

Is ENG 1011 required as a prerequisite?

ENG 1101 is a prerequisite for Comm 2221 and it is strongly recommended for all Communication courses. In addition to classroom work, exams, etc. most Communication Studies courses require some of these: essay exams, term papers, application papers, analysis papers, essays.

Will I need to do research?

Communication Studies courses require research for papers, presentations or discussions.

Will I be required to do a Group Project?

Graded or non graded Group Projects MAY be required by the instructor in ANY Communication Studies course. Speak with the individual instructor. The following courses require Group Projects:

  • Comm 2225 Small Group

What are Assessment Projects?

In Comm 2221 Interpersonal Communication each instructor assesses each student's ability to perform three important communication skills. The assessment has and oral and a written component in which students are asked to role play a situation demonstrating their ability to deliver a clear message, respond non-defensively to criticism, and offer a perception check.

Do any of the courses study computer-mediated communication?

Most courses touch on technologically mediated communication and many offer an opportunity to do research on a topic of interest to the student.

Are there prerequisites for any Communications Studies courses?

All Communication Studies courses have RDG(Reading)1100 or equivalent as a prerequisite. College level reading is necessary for all courses. ENG 1101 is a prerequisite for Comm 2221.

Why do some Communication Studies courses Recommend Comm 2221?

The following courses recommend Comm 2221:

  • Comm 2289 Listening
  • Comm 2290 Gender
  • Comm 2291 Intercultural
  • Comm 2292 Family
  • Comm 2293 Topics courses

These courses build on the Interpersonal foundations of Comm 2221. Instructors do not re-teach the concepts from Comm 2221. The knowledge from 2221 allows students to achieve at a higher level in these courses.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is an opportunity for students to earn classroom credit while serving in the Albuquerque community. Students commit to 15 hours (in addition to any training time) outside the classroom at an Albuquerque Service-Learning Agency. Students "learn by doing" and by reflecting on their experience. During the course of this hands-on, practical experience, the Service-Learning Program provides for creative reflection concerning the student's service and academic applications. (adapted from "CNM Service-Learning Program" Garcia & Prentice)

Why is Service-Learning required in some courses and not others?

Service-Learning is never REQUIRED. Most often, it is offered to students as one of two or three options. It is up to the individual instructor whether or not to participate in Service-Learning. Since it requires a special commitment from the instructor, not all choose to participate with every class or every semester.

How is Communication Studies different from SPEECH?

Speech is ONLY the study of creating, presenting and listening to prepared messages. Communication Studies includes public speaking in addition to the study of media, small groups, nonverbal, gender, family, intercultural, listening, teaching, intra personal and interpersonal communication.

What other names is Communication Studies known by at other colleges?

Communication and Journalism, Speech, Speech Communication, Human Communication Studies and Communication and Mass Media.

What kinds of career opportunities are available in the field of Communication?