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CAS 403 - Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research

Professor: Erina MacGeorge
Office: 221 Sparks
Email: elm26@psu.edu 

CAS 403 is an advanced undergraduate course in social scientific theory and research on interpersonal communication. The course may be taught with a focus on contemporary theory and research, or on interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships. It may also incorporate a research practicum, in which students participate in conducting a research study.

Course Objectives

  • Knowledge of contemporary concepts and theories relevant to interpersonal communication, and improved capacity to critique and extend these ideas
  • Knowledge about the ethics and mechanics of interpersonal communication research with human participants, and improved capacity to critique and design research
  • Ability to apply relevant concepts, theories, and research findings to analyzing and explaining interpersonal communication in personal and professional life
  • Improved skill in developing and presenting informative presentations on complex material, including identifying relevant sources, developing an annotated bibliography, creating learning activities and evaluations, and oral delivery with presentation software.