Department News

  • NEW COMM Course!


    Course Prerequisites: COMM 1000; COMM 3200; open to juniors or higher.

    Primary Instructor: Dr. Shardé Davis

    Course Description & Objectives

    We live in a society where questions of difference, culture, and diversity play an increasingly central role in our
    day to day activities and interactions with others. This course will explore issues related to the communication
    values, styles, patterns, behaviors, and relationships of communities of color in the U.S. We will focus on the
    categories of race and ethnicity; however, our discussions will intersect other social identities based on class,
    gender, religion, age, sexuality, region, etc.

    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • describe how racial and ethnic identities impact communication across a variety of relationship contexts including family, romantic, friend, and stranger
    • make connections between course material and communication in everyday settings.
    • recognize and appreciate constructive interactions between people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups within the U.S.

    Course Text(s)
    Required:  Orbe, M., & Harris, T. (2015). Interracial Communication: Theory into Practice (3rd edition). SAGE
                     Supplemental readings are also assigned for this course. Readings will be available on HuskyCT.

    Recommended: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) (2010).
                             Washington, DC; American Psychological Association.

    Next Available: This Summer!

    For more information, contact: Dr. Shardé Davis at

If you have any questions, please contact Jose (Joel) Nebres at 860-486-6316.