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Communication
College of Arts and Humanities

Communication (COM)
Students majoring or minoring in communication are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including public relations, mass communications, teaching and community affairs.  Any career choice will be enhanced by well-developed skills in oral communication.  The curriculum and activities of the department are designed to integrate the liberal arts and professions, promote effective and responsible leadership, satisfy requirements for entry into graduate school, and improve basic communication skills.  Students may choose majors or minors with a communication concentration.

Major

COM 205

Communication, Media and Society

3

COM 210

Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 230

Communication Theories and Criticism

3

COM 320

Multicultural Communication

3

COM 365

Interviewing

3

COM 370

Advanced Persuasive Speaking

3

COM 470

Seminar in Communication

3

BUS 315

Leadership and Communication

3

GDS 101

Introduction to Graphic Design

3

JRN 211

Journalism

3

SOC 312

Social Science Research Methods

3

 

Elective (select one of the following: 
BUS 371, BUS 373 or SOC 317)

3

 

Total

36

Students in the College of Arts and Humanities must pass two semesters of foreign language. 

Minor

COM 210

Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 230

Communication Theories and Criticism

3

COM 325

Introduction to Mass Communication

3

COM 365

Interviewing

3

COM 370

Advanced Persuasive Speaking

3

 

Electives*

6

 

Total

21

*Electives

BUS 321

Organizational Behavior

3

BUS 371

Marketing

3

BUS 373

Advertising

3

COM 320

Multicultural Communication

3

DRM 369

World Culture in Film

3

POL 352

Political Thought

3

SOC 312

Methods of Social Research

3

WEB 345

Desktop Publishing

3

Other electives selected in consultation with the department.

Course Descriptions
101
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 hours F, S
This course provides practical experience in researching, writing and delivering speeches.  Assignments include speeches to introduce, inform and persuade, as well as participation in a panel discussion.  Critical thinking is addressed through speech criticism and analysis of reasoning, evidence and types of proof.
General Education: Effective Expression – Oral

128/129, 228/229, 328/329, 428/429 Forensics 1-4 hours TBA
This course offers practical experience in campus and intercollegiate speech activities.  Students may enroll for one or two hours every semester for a maximum of eight hours.  Consent of the instructor is required for enrolling in two hours of forensics credit.  Six hours may be used for a major and three hours for a minor.  The level of sophistication and the responsibilities required of students will increase with the degree of participation.  Students will be required to attend intercollegiate events or assume responsibilities for campus forensics programs.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

202/302 Oral Interpretation 3 hours TBA
Students will study the principles of interpretation.  Practical experiences in individual readings, choral reading and reader’s theatre will be available.  Students will prepare a program for public presentation.

205 Communication, Media and Society 3 hours F
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to important concepts and principles of communication in modern society.  Material will cover the basics of communication theory; the history, structure, dynamics, and functions of contemporary mass media; and the ethical implications of communication.  This course will prepare students for courses in all four of the visual and digital communication areas of concentration.

210 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours F
Students study the theories of one-on-one communication and develop practical skills.  Areas of study include perception, individual identity, relationship dynamics, family dynamics, and diversity.  The goal of the course is to make students better communicators in a setting that does not focus on public speaking.

225/325 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 hours TBA
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of media.  Students examine the history of media, theories of mass communication and the impact of the media on culture.  Emphasis is placed on current issues in mass media and communication.

230 Communication Theories and Criticism 3 hours F
The process of communication involves the presentation and interpretation of ideas.  This course presents the theories of how communication has evolved, beginning with Aristotle and continuing through Burke.  The course incorporates the analysis and criticism of persuasive speaking by applying relevant theories.

275 Field Experience 1-2 hours TBA

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

320 Multicultural Communication 3 hours TBA
Students will examine how communication is a major factor in bridging cultural differences.  The operating premise is that communication both shapes and is shaped by culture.  Students will examine the roles of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, age, language, etc., in cross-cultural interaction.  This class will challenge students to think about their own cultural assumptions.

365 Interviewing 3 hours S
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of interviewing.  Students research and develop interview instruments, conduct interviews and examine the ethics of interviewing.  Assignments include information, employment and persuasive interviews.

370 Advanced Persuasive Speaking 3 hours F
Students will investigate the role of persuasion in society, study the theories of argumentation, and prepare and deliver speeches to persuade, including indictment and proposition speeches and policy debates.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

450 Practicum or Internship in Communication 1-3 hours F, S
Students may develop practical learning experiences or internships in consultation with the instructors in such areas as radio and television broadcasting, publicity, promotion and advertising.  Internships are available in management and promotion.  This course is offered Credit/No Credit only.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, junior status and cumulative 3.0 GPA.

460 Independent Study 1-3 hours F, S
Flexible programs may be designed to meet advanced students’ interests.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

470 Seminar in Communication 3 hours F
This course is an advanced seminar and capstone course for Communication majors.  Students select a problem with contemporary communication culture with the aid of the instructor, and draw upon their knowledge and research to develop a solution to the problem.  The approach should reflect the beliefs, attitudes and values of the discipline.  An oral and visual presentation of the problem and solution should reflect a degree of skill and competency as an effective communicator. 
Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA



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