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Communication Studies

Major Requirements

Students who major in Communication Studies are expected to take at least 28 credits in Communication Studies distributed in the following fashion.

REQUIRED COURSES

At least one presentational skills course from among the following:

COMM 104 Public Speaking (1st and 2nd years only)

COMM 204 Argumentation and Oral Advocacy

COMM 301 Performance Studies

COMM 401 Business & Professional Communication

At least two of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:

COMM 210 Communication and Social Relationships

COMM 211 Communication, Politics and Citizenship

COMM 212 Advertising and Social Influence

At least one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:

COMM 320 CommunicationTheory I: Rhetorical

COMM 321 Communication Theory II: Social Science

COMM 322 Communication Theory III: Media

Take at least 3, but no more than 6, courses in Inquiry, at least one course in each category, from:

Artifact Inquiry:

COMM 371 Historiography of Communication

COMM 372 Rhetorical Criticism (language and form)

COMM 374 Media Content Analysis (quantitative)

COMM 375 Critical Media Analysis (semiotics, visual communication, representation)

Human Inquiry:

COMM 381 Survey Research (quantitative focus)

COMM 382 Qualitative Interviewing

COMM 383 Experiments and Controlled Observations

COMM 384 Social Action Research

Senior Inquiry Requirement

Traditional Research

COMM 451 Inquiry into Communication Research

COMM 452 Communication Research Discovery

Or choose:

Civic Engagement

COMM 453 Inquiry into Civic Engagement

COMM 454 Civic Engagement Application

Note:  Students with a second major may seek approval for a waiver of 451 - 452 if they complete SI in the second major and take a second theory course from among 320,321 and 322.

PLUS additional COMM courses to equal or exceed 28 credits.

Other Popular Communication Studies Electives

COMM 220 Radio Production

COMM 206 Small Group Communication

COMM 250 Critical Analysis of Messages

COMM 330 Intercultural Communication

COMM 340 Propaganda

COMM 345 Cultural History of Broadcasting

COMM 350 Issues in Broadcasting

COMM 360 Comm and Emerging Technologies

COMM 380 Quantitative Tools for Communication Research

COMM 402 Organizational Communication

COMM 403 Public Relations

COMM 410 Seminar in Communication

COMM INTR Communication Internship

 

Minor Requirements

Students who minor in Communication Studies are expected to take at least 18 credits in Communication Studies distributed in the following fashion:

REQUIRED COURSES

Students must take at least two of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:

COMM 210 Communication and Social Relationships

COMM 211 Communication, Politics and Citizenship

COMM 212 Advertising and Social Influence

Students must take at least one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:

COMM 104 Public Speaking (1st and 2nd years only)

COMM 204 Argumentation and Oral Advocacy (1st and 2nd years only)

COMM 301 Performance Studies

COMM 401 Business & Professional Communication

Students must take at least one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:

COMM 320 Communication Theory I: Rhetoric

COMM 321 Communication Theory II: Social Science

COMM 322 Communication Theory III: Media

Take: At least six additional credits three of which must be earned at the 300-400 level.