The Department of Communication offers a major which seeks to produce theoretically informed graduates with the necessary practical and analytical skills for successful professional careers, including the ability to: think critically and express ideas clearly and creatively; perform close textual analysis of various forms of communication (written, visual, nonverbal); analyze historical and contemporary forces behind cultural identities and relationships; and, finally, analyze the structures and institutions that inform the relationship between media, technology and society.
The major consists of ten courses with a minimum of 30 credits.
|COMM 2900||Communication Studies 1||3|
|Required Core Courses 2|
|Identities and Relationships:|
|COMM 3140||Cross-Cultural Analysis||3|
|or COMM 3240||Interaction Analysis|
|Texts and Representation:|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|New Media Analysis|
|Structures and Institutions:|
|COMM 3160||Technology Analysis||3|
|or COMM 3260||Media Analysis|
|Select six elective courses in consultation with the Communication advisor 3||18|
|Total Credit Hours||30-31|
Must be taken before any of the required core courses.
Majors must complete three core courses, one in each area of the curriculum, preferably by the end of junior year.
At least two of these courses must be 3000-level or above, and two must be 4000-level or above. In general, 1000- and 2000-level courses are introductory courses. 3000-level courses encourage applications of communication theory through research methods and service learning. Most 4000-level classes are courses that stress writing, creative production, or service learning. Students wishing to graduate with honors in Communication must take either the graduate seminar (COMM 6210 Seminar In Comm Studies (3 c.h.) or COMM 6220 Seminar In Comm Studies (3 c.h.)) or another 4000-level honors course and complete an honors project. Majors planning to study abroad should seek departmental advice as early as possible.