CMST& 230 Small Group Communication • 5 Cr.


Explores effective communication in small groups. Students examine aspects of group process, including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, conformity, and critical thinking. Students work in groups to test theories and practice skills. Fulfills social science course requirement at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the language, listening, and nonverbal communication skills that are needed to promote a positive communication climate in a group setting.
  • Analyze the influence of culture on group interaction.
  • Identify the actions needed to conduct an effective meeting and promote group productivity.
  • Analyze the methods of decision making used by a group.
  • Evaluate how theoretical group problem-solving models can be used to help a group accomplish a task.
  • Identify methods groups can use to stimulate critical and creative thinking while problem-solving.
  • Evaluate how leadership theory can be used to help a group accomplish its goals.
  • Identify different methods for managing conflict within a group.