Undergrad Catalog 2010


Department of Communication Studies

Pam Parry (chair), Suzanne Lindsey, Bonnie Riechert, Michelle Murray Yang, Jason Stahl, and Mary Vaughn

Vision:

The study of human communication is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest disciplines in academia. Grounded in rhetoric (ancient Greek and Roman oratory), Communication Studies stresses traditional forms of communication while adapting them to diverse contemporary communication situations. These different arenas of communication include the interpersonal realm of group dynamics; corporate communication and complex campaigns; and the rhetorical realm of political, social and religious discourse.

Purpose:

The department offers courses which fall into two basic categories: 1) courses which enhance personal oral interaction and skills, and 2) courses which develop a more complete understanding of the nature of communication and how it shapes society. The ultimate goal is to develop sophistication in the formulation, presentation and consumption of communication.

Students are able to sharpen their skills for whatever career in professional communications they pursue, be it politics, business, entertainment, public relations, teaching, or the health industry. Many students choose to continue the learning process in graduate studies, including law, theology, and education.

Major in Communication Studies (B.A. or B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements   56-58
Major Requirements   30
COM 1930, Interpersonal Communication 3  
COM 2200, Persuasion 3  
COM 2340, Business & Professional Communication 3  
COM 3150, Intercultural Communication 3  
COM 3920, Theories of Public Communication 3  
COM 4000, Communication Studies Advanced Seminar 0  
 
COM Electives (6 hours may be at lower division courses at 1000 or 2000 level and at least 9 hours must be at 3000 or 4000 level) 15  


 
Minor Requirements   18
Electives   28
Total   128
 
Minor in Communication Studies Hours
COM 1930, Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 2200, Persuasion 3  
COM 2340, Business and Professional Communication 3  
COM 3150, Intercultural Communication 3  
COM Electives (must be 3000 or 4000 level) 6  
Total   18