Department of Communication

The Department of Communication offers a rewarding curriculum that focuses on the process and effects of communication, the Internet and personal media, in both mediated and face-to-face contexts. The department develops effective communicators who not only are skilled in using communication technologies, but also understand that socially responsible communication is an interaction among people that requires both skill and sensitivity. Building on a foundation in the liberal arts that provides a broad-based general education, the study of communication teaches students how to express their ideas and values in spoken, written and visual messages. Students also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of messages produced by others. Students majoring in communication can select from eight concentrations of study: advertising and public relations, communication studies, corporate communication, electronic media production and writing, health communication, journalism, online communication and sport communication.

Career Opportunities

Each concentration is designed to prepare the student for advanced degree work and/or employment in communication-related and professional fields. Potential career areas include advertising, corporate relations, event planning, health communication, higher education, human resources, journalism, media production, media programming and management, the Internet and personal media, media research, organizational communication, public relations, speech writing, and training and consulting, among other possibilities.

Faculty

B. Mello, Chair; C. Grobmeier, R. Mark, E. McAvoy, R. Robinson, L. Shortell

Requirements for Admission to the Major in Communication

Students must obtain a grade of C or better for any course to be applied to the communication major or minor.

Communication Major (36 Credit Hours)

To fulfill the requirements for a Communication major, students must complete 36 credit hours of course work as described below including 18 credit hours in a communication core and two concentrations of choice. In some instances, one course may apply to more than one concentration requirement; in such cases, students will take other courses from the approved curriculum to reach the 36 credit hours required for the major. Students may wish to consider completing additional concentration areas, beyond the two that are required, to support their particular interests or career plans. 

*All courses for the Communication major are 3 credit hours.

Core Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

*Students completing the Undergraduate Honors Program are not required to complete COMM 369.

Advertising and Public Relations (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 202 OR 244 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose two courses from the following:

Communication Studies (minimum 9 credit hours)

Corporate Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 335 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Electronic Media Production & Writing (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 110 is required to complete this concentration.

Communication 220 OR 221 are required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose one from the following:

Health Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 216 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Journalism (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 110 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Online Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 206 OR 325 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose two from the following:

Sport Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 207 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Communication Minor 

Communication minors must complete Communication 200 OR 211, one concentration from below and two Communication electives.

*All courses for the Communication minor are 3 credit hours.

Advertising and Public Relations (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 202 OR 244 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose two courses from the following:

Communication Studies (minimum 9 credit hours)

Corporate Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 335 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Electronic Media Production & Writing (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 110 is required to complete this concentration.

Communication 220 OR 221 are required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose one from the following:

Health Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 216 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Journalism (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 110 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

Online Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 206 OR 325 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose one from the following:

Choose two from the following:

Sport Communication (minimum 9 credit hours)

Communication 207 is required to complete this concentration.

Choose two from the following:

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