Areas of Study

Communication Studies

We offer a bachelor of arts, as well as a minor in communication. Coursework encourages intellectual development and emphasizes the importance of theory and research. You can mix and match courses that fit your interests and career goals from three areas:

Interpersonal studies
Examines the art and science of constructing messages we use to initiate, negotiate and maintain relationships

Rhetoric
The study of the language and arguments used in public discourse, and how they influence people and communities

Media and cultural studies
Relates to the formation of cultural identity through and resistance to power inherent in cultural industries and media narratives.

You’ll also learn how to be more skilled and ethical producers of messages, both as professionals and as citizens in a democratic society. Areas of study also include an examination of politics, social policy and ethics.

Students majoring in communication studies who complete all requirements earn the degree of BA, communication.

Core

  • COMM 201 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 211 - Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 222 - Media, Culture and Technology
  • COMM 249 - Introduction to Rhetoric
  • COMM 352W - Philosophy and Communication
  • COMM 452W - Senior Research in Communication
  • Select one:
    • COMM 316 - Principles of Interviewing
    • COMM 318 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
    • COMM 333W - Rhetorical Criticism
    • COMM 350W - Media Criticism
    • COMM 370 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
  • Select one:
    • COMM 411 - Interpersonal Theory
    • COMM 433 - Rhetorical Theory
    • COMM 455 - Critical Cultural Theory

Electives (15 credits)

At least twelve hours must be at the 300-400 level.

  • COMM 195 - Special Topics
  • COMM 210 - Communicating Identity [Formerly COMM 410, not equivalent]
  • COMM 221 - Media History
  • COMM 232 - Communicating through Digital Technology
  • COMM 239 - Argumentation
  • COMM 295 - Special Topics (a film studies topic)
  • COMM 301 - Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 305 - The First Amendment, Culture and Communication
  • COMM 311 - Family Communication
  • COMM 312 - Media Aesthetics
  • COMM 320 - Media and Society
  • COMM 321W - Communication and Film
  • COMM 322 - Communication and Social Media
  • COMM 325 - Persuasion
  • COMM 326 - Media Audiences
  • COMM 330 - Gender Communication
  • COMM 335 - Rhetoric and Politics
  • COMM 340 - Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 341 - Rhetoric and Social Movements
  • COMM 360 - Health and Medical Communication
  • COMM 365 - Stress, Health and Human Interaction
  • COMM 395 - Special Topics
  • COMM 414 - Advanced Relational Communication
  • COMM 415 - Rhetoric and Religion
  • COMM 430W - Sex, Sexuality and Communication
  • COMM 490 - Study Abroad in Communication
  • COMM 491 - Practicum in Communication
  • COMM 495 - Special Topics
  • COMM 499 - Independent Study

  • COMM 201 - Public Speaking
  • Select two:
    • COMM 211 - Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 222 - Media, Culture and Technology
    • COMM 249 - Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Select twelve additional credits in 300-400 level communication courses in consultation with a departmental academic adviser:
    • COMM 301 - Nonverbal Communication
    • COMM 305 - The First Amendment, Culture and Communication
    • COMM 311 - Family Communication
    • COMM 312 - Media Aesthetics
    • COMM 316 - Principles of Interviewing
    • COMM 318 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
    • COMM 320 - Media and Society
    • COMM 321W - Communication and Film
    • COMM 322 - Communication and Social Media
    • COMM 325 - Persuasion
    • COMM 326 - Media Audiences
    • COMM 330 - Gender Communication
    • COMM 333W - Rhetorical Criticism
    • COMM 335 - Rhetoric and Politics
    • COMM 340 - Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 341 - Rhetoric and Social Movements
    • COMM 350W - Media Criticism
    • COMM 352W - Philosophy and Communication
    • COMM 360 - Health and Medical Communication
    • COMM 365 - Stress, Health and Human Interaction
    • COMM 370 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
    • COMM 395 - Special Topics
    • COMM 411 - Interpersonal Theory
    • COMM 414 - Advanced Relational Communication
    • COMM 415 - Rhetoric and Religion
    • COMM 430W - Sex, Sexuality and Communication
    • COMM 433 - Rhetorical Theory
    • COMM 452W - Senior Research in Communication
    • COMM 455 - Critical Cultural Theory
    • COMM 490 - Study Abroad in Communication
    • COMM 491 - Practicum in Communication
    • COMM 495 - Special Topics
    • COMM 499 - Independent Study
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