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Upcoming Course Offerings

Foundations of Communication, COMM 201, Reticent Communicator Program

The Reticent Communicator Program is an extension of Introduction to Communication (COMM 201), which is a requirement for all students at Western Carolina University.  This program has been established to assist students who have special communication needs; it is designed to work directly on specific challenges in communication within academic and social settings.   In the Reticent Communicator Program, students are expected to set individual goals to accomplish communication tasks which they have been reluctant to try or unable to do.  Do any of the following kinds of communicative concerns apply to you?

  • You may have difficulty asking questions in class and participating in class discussions.
  • You may be reluctant to strike up acquaintances with classmates.
  • You may shy away from speaking to professors after class and avoid office conferences.
  • You may feel apprehensive at employment interviews and uncertain about how to communicate on the job with your boss and fellow employees.
  • You may be uneasy about committee work and feel that you don't contribute your fair share in group problem-solving discussions.
  • You may have difficulty meeting strangers and opening up new friendships.  In social situations, you may find yourself a non-participant on the fringe of the group.
  • You may be unusually troubled, feel physically ill, shake, or sweat when you have to present formal reports in public situations.
  • You may experience difficulty with shyness.

If you feel that any or all of these communications concerns are yours and if you want to work specifically on solving them, you are eligible to meet with the director of the Reticent Program.  There is no obligation to enter the program; it is entirely voluntary.  Every semester there is at least one section of COMM 201 designated for reticent students (usually 2:05 TR).  If you are interested, please contact Suzon Hawley, Assistant Director of Oral Communication Competency at 227-2256 or visit her office Stillwell 270 or you can e-mail her at,.

Class size is limited to 15 students and the course tends to fill quickly each semester.


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