Department of Communication Studies

Chair: Patricia Ollry

The Communication Studies department equips students for leadership roles in communication-related careers. Students select one of two emphases - General or Mass Communication - and are encouraged to double major in another discipline or minor to complement the major. Through careful planning, students can complete these options within 4 years. The department offers a varied curriculum that includes both the classical courses associated with the discipline and those that reflect contemporary developments in the field, such as social media.

Communication Studies Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Communication Studies major will be able to:

  • Explain and apply historical and contemporary theories of human communication.
  • Describe and analyze how culture influences the communication process.
  • Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication.
  • Articulate the origins and trends of mediated communication.
  • Analyze arguments and discourse intended to influence beliefs, attitudes, values and practices.
  • Demonstrate competency in systematic inquiry.

Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Communication Studies

Emphases:

  • General Communication Studies
  • Mass Communication

Communication Studies

Core
COM 216Interpersonal Communication3
COM 280Theories of Human Communication3
COM 311Advanced Public Speaking3
COM 321Mass Communication3
COM 324Intercultural Communication3
COM 340Persuasion and Attitude3
COM 485Rhetorical Criticism3
COM 488Communication Research Methods3
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases18
Total Units42

Emphases

General Communication Studies

Choose 6 of the following courses:18
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Theory and Practice of Journalism3
Small Group Communication3
Nonverbal Communication3
Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
Introduction to Social Media3
Writing for the Broadcast Media3
Studies in Public Relations3
Organizational Communication3
Advanced Strategies in Social Media3
Performance Studies and Readers Theatre3
Total Units18

Mass Communication

COM 222Theory and Practice of Journalism3
COM 344Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
COM 371Introduction to Social Media3
or COM 412 Writing for the Broadcast Media
COM 422Studies in Public Relations3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Small Group Communication3
Nonverbal Communication3
Introduction to Social Media *3
Writing for the Broadcast Media
Organizational Communication3
Advanced Strategies in Social Media3
Performance Studies and Readers Theatre3
Total Units18
*

As COM 371 and 412 are also listed above in the emphasis requirements, choose the 1 course not completed in the choice above.

Undergraduate Minor

Communication

Communication Minor

COM 280Theories of Human Communication3
COM 311Advanced Public Speaking3
COM 321Mass Communication3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Interpersonal Communication3
Theory and Practice of Journalism3
Intercultural Communication3
Small Group Communication3
Nonverbal Communication3
Persuasion and Attitude3
Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
Introduction to Social Media3
Writing for the Broadcast Media3
Studies in Public Relations3
Organizational Communication3
Advanced Strategies in Social Media3
Rhetorical Criticism3
Communication Research Methods3
Total Units18