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Communication

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.

Concentration Requirements:

1. Communication Theory and Philosophy:

Communication Theory

Mass Media and Society

Theories of Human Communication

Sociology of Communication

Communication Ethics

Public Opinion

Introduction to/History of Mass Media

Public Speaking

Intercultural Communication

Persuasion Theory

Interpersonal Communication

Semantics

Group Communication (not Psychology)

9cr

2. Communication Methods/Approaches:

Communication Research

Research Design

Essentials of Oral Interpretation

Media Campaigns

Quantitative Methods

Media Criticism

Organizational Communication

Media Literacy (not Business)

Research Methods in Psychology/Sociology

3cr

3. Applied Communication:

Advertising

Argumentation

Communication Law

Communication Strategy

Educational Media

Journalism

Print Editing

Public Relations

Radio/TV/Film/Broadcasting

Scriptwriting

6cr

Elective credits in communication, speech or speech pathology. Up to 9 of these credits can be in appropriate sociology and/or psychology subjects

15cr
Capstone 3cr

 

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:

  1. demonstrate clarity of thought in both written and oral communication;
  2. explain communication events from multiple perspectives;
  3. understand the multicultural character of communication in contemporary society;
  4. articulate a broad knowledge of communication theory and research;
  5. apply their knowledge of communication theory and research within a focused domain of communication;
  6. demonstrate an advanced level of key communication skills in argumentation and reasoning, and the analysis and use of evidence, persuasion and oral presentations; and
  7. demonstrate an understanding of ethical responsibility in all forms of communication.