Communication is the study of human symbolic behavior and combines the study of theory, methods and application. In addition to helping students learn to impart information and ideas more effectively, communication courses teach students how to analyze a wide range of communicative situations that people experience, including interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, instructional, mediated, rhetorical/public, and small group.
1. Communication Theory and Philosophy:
Mass Media and Society
Theories of Human Communication
Sociology of Communication
Introduction to/History of Mass Media
Group Communication (not Psychology)
2. Communication Methods/Approaches:
Essentials of Oral Interpretation
Media Literacy (not Business)
Research Methods in Psychology/Sociology
3. Applied Communication:
Elective credits in communication, speech or speech pathology. Up to 9 of these credits can be in appropriate sociology and/or psychology subjects
Students who wish to specialize within the concentration must complete at least 12 of the required 36 credits in the concentration in one of four areas: print media, visual media, promotional or organizational communication.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Communication will be able to:
- demonstrate clarity of thought in both written and oral communication;
- explain communication events from multiple perspectives;
- understand the multicultural character of communication in contemporary society;
- articulate a broad knowledge of communication theory and research;
- apply their knowledge of communication theory and research within a focused domain of communication;
- demonstrate an advanced level of key communication skills in argumentation and reasoning, and the analysis and use of evidence, persuasion and oral presentations; and
- demonstrate an understanding of ethical responsibility in all forms of communication.