The Department of Communicology offers nationally-ranked programs focused on human communication processes and functions. The curriculum is organized around four topic areas: relational communication, persuasion/social influence, message processing, and intercultural communication.

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Summer 1 (online)

COMG 385: Culture & Communication
Min-Sun Kimkmin@hawaii.edu
This course is designed to increase students’ familiarity with current theory and research in the area of intercultural communication. Topics include: culture and identity, verbal/nonverbal communication, conflict and stereotypes/prejudices, and multiculturalism. DS (elective course for COMG majors)

COMG 455: Conflict Management
Min-Sun Kimkmin@hawaii.edu
Conflict management skills are essential to personal and professional success. This course looks to theories of communication and conflict to help explain and understand a wide range of conflict environments. Destructive conflict ravages the lives and relationships of individuals in families, organizations, and intimate relationships. The first half of this course will focus on theories of conflict as well as the conflict process and structure. The second half of the course will move toward “effective” and “appropriate” behaviors used in resolving conflict situations, including diverse cultural contexts. DS, WI (elective course for COMG majors)

Summer 2 (online)

COMG 181: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Aki Leslie Kuiokaakuioka@hawaii.edu • Online via Laulima
This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of interaction between two people, with emphasis is on enhancement of skills in a variety of interpersonal contexts. Through activities and assignments, students will be gain the knowledge and skills necessary for quality communication with other people. DS, WI

COMG 301: Introduction to Communicological Theories
Jessica Gasiorekgasiorek@hawaii.edu
This course introduces you to Communicology and a range of well-known communication theories. You’ll learn how theory and research are connected. You will also be introduced to theories of interpersonal communication, culture, social identity, persuasion, media effects, and computer-mediated communication, and how they relate to your life. DS (required course for COMG majors)

COMG 452: Intergroup Communication
Jessica Gasiorekgasiorek@hawaii.edu
This course surveys communication research taking an intergroup perspective, which considers people not only as individuals, but also as members of social groups (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, region, etc.). We’ll investigate the ways in which these social group memberships influence and are influenced by communication. Topics covered will include language attitudes (accent/language choice), intergenerational communication, communication in health care, police-civilian interaction, and computer-mediated communication. DS (elective course for COMG majors)

Updated 12/28/20