Minor in Communication Studies

Requirements

Required courses 21 hours

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COM 150 Introduction to Communication 3
COM 280 Group Communication 3
COM 290 Public Presentations 3
COM 340 Business and Professional Communication 3
COM 350 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COM 380 Theories of Human Communication 3
COM 440 Intercultural Communication 3

Elective Courses 3 hours

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  Choose three hours of electives in consultation with the department.

Courses

COM 150 - Introduction to Communication (3)

Introductory survey of the field of communication that includes discussion of the importance of communication in our lives, examination of communication as a uniquely human process of interaction, an overview of the varied contexts in which communication occurs, and investigation of communication as an academic discipline, field of research, and possible career track. This course also provides an introduction to the Communication Studies Department.

COM 280 - Group Communication (3)

This course will focus on the process of thinking and problem solving in committees and small groups; methods of leading and participating in discussions and conferences.

Prerequisite: GSR 102 or permission of the instructor.

COM 290 - Public Presentations (3)

The course emphasizes the principles involved in the selection and organization of ideas and their effective presentation to a group.

Prerequisite: GSR 102 or permission of the instructor.

COM 340 - Business and Professional Communication (3)

This course prepares students to be effective communicators in the workplace and includes interviewing, professional presentations at staff meetings, business writing, and interaction with a variety of professionals.

Prerequisites: COM 280 or 290

COM 350 - Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

This course involves a critical study of the development, scope, influence, and theories of mass communication in America.

Prerequisites: COM 290; junior or senior standing or permission of the department

COM 380 - Theories of Human Communication (3)

This is a survey course that covers conceptual approaches to the study of human communication. There will be a emphasis on theories that focus on speaker and message aspects, and the use of communication strategies in the forming, building, and dissolution of relationships through interdisciplinary perspectives.

Prerequisites: COM 280 or 290

COM 440 - Intercultural Communication (3)

An examination of the role played by communication in the bridging and separating of cultures. How norms, values, and expectations concerning the communication act itself differ from culture to culture, and how these differences affect intercultural encounters.

Prerequisite: COM 150 or permission of the instructor