CMST 285 Nonverbal Communication • 5 Cr.


Examines non-verbal behavior and its role in the communication process. Topics include body language, space, touch, dress, and cultural norms. Students analyze their own non-verbal communication techniques.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the transactional model of communication and discuss its relationship to nonverbal communication.

  • Identify the criteria of a competent communicator and be able to self-evaluate one's own nonverbal behavior in terms of personal strengths and challenges in relationship to those criteria in a variety of contexts.

  • Describe the nonverbal factors that shape one's perception and interpretation of people and events.

  • Describe & apply the major codes of nonverbal communication in a variety of contexts.

  • Explain the differences between verbal and nonverbal linguistics. Identify situations in which one has experienced communication failure due to poor nonverbal language skills and discuss methods to improve future interactions.

  • Analyze the influence of sex, gender and culture on nonverbal communication.