Cheri J. Simonds and Joseph Valenzano, III

26Teaching Communication to College and University Students: The Basic Course in Higher Education

Abstract: The basic course is an entry-level communication course that is required or recommended for undergraduate students and serves as an introduction to fundamental communication knowledge, skills, and theory. In this chapter, we describe the presence of the basic communication course in American general education programs. We illustrate the specific contributions of the course that can benefit curricula around the globe, as higher learning and vocational institutions continue their efforts to reshape their systems of education. We first provide a brief history of the basic communication course and ...

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