Basic Course Program

Basic Course Program

Our Basic Course in communication, Communication Fundamentals (COM100/100H/), surveys the contemporary field of Communication Studies and teaches students the necessary skills and abilities to become effective communicators and critical consumers of discourse.

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Although offered through the Department of Communication Studies, our Basic Course is one of the largest course offerings in URI’s General Education Program, and it plays a critical role in our Grand Challenge Program, Freshman Learning Communities, and the Honors Program, as well as serving as a prerequisite for Communication Studies majors and for many other departments, programs, and colleges at URI.

Our Basic Course in communication enrolls 3400–3600 students each year in 140–160 sections delivered on two campuses. taught by a 45-member teaching faculty. In addition to the standard curriculum, we also offer Honors Program sections (COM100H) and a large lecture (COM110).

Our Basic Course in communication participates in the national Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) initiative to support and promote the teaching and practice of communication across and within all academic disciplines.

As part of this initiative, the Speaking Center and Writing Center are available to assist students in developing their communication skills and gaining helpful advice from our speaking and writing tutors.


For general curricular inquiries and student and instructor issues, including submitting an application to be considered for adjunct teaching, please contact:

Jerry Jalette, Ph.D.
Lecturer and Acting Basic Course Director
Department of Communication Studies
Harrington School of Communication and Media