College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies
Dr. Robert Harrison, Chair
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1111
Courses in the department are designed to provide an important liberal arts perspective on the process and use of communication. Communication is vital to career and to personal and social relationships. Through studies in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, students can increase self-understanding and acquire more effective tools with which to participate in society. These courses are appropriate for all students but are particularly important for those who plan careers in professions that require more than minimal interpersonal and/or group contact.
Academically qualified students may graduate with distinction in the major by satisfying the following requirements for Honors in Communication Studies: successful completion (with grade of "B" or better) of a two-semester independent honors thesis project (through COM 499H) under the supervision of a faculty member plus completion of all requirements for graduation with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall.
Communication studies major and minors are encouraged to strive for membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, established in 1985 as an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to encourage and recognize scholastic achievement, stimulate interest in communication, promote professional development, exchange ideas about the field, foster close relationships among faculty and students, and explore options for graduate study. The department founded the Iota Nu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta in the spring of 2000, joining over 400 colleges and universities with chapters around the world. To achieve the honor of Lambda Pi Eta membership, students must have junior or senior standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, must have completed at least 12 hours in communication studies with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, must be in the upper 35% of their class, and are required to be enrolled full-time in good standing.
For admission to the communication studies major, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. A student majoring in communication studies can have no more than one "D" or "D+" in his or her major courses plus must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
Students planning to minor in journalism must complete either ENG 204 or the equivalent and provide evidence of writing effectiveness (a writing sample) to the English and Communication Studies Department chairs. Courses taken to satisfy major requirements in either communication studies or English cannot be counted toward this minor.