Concentration - 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. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.
This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing. It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.
|Communication Theory and Philosophy||9 credits||Mass Media and Society, Theories of Human Communication , Sociology of Communicat6ion, Communication Ethics, Public Opinion, Introduction to/History or Mass Media, Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, Persuasion Theory, Interpersonal Communication, Semantics, Group Combination (not Psychology)|
|Communication Methods/Approaches||3 credits||Communication Research, Research Design, Research Methods in Psychology/Sociology Essentials of Oral Interpretation, Media Campaigns, Quantitative Methods, Media Criticism, Organizational Communication, Media Literacy (not Business), Research Methods in Psychology/Sociology|
|Applied Communication||6 credits||Advertising, Argumentation, Communication Law, Communication Strategy, Educational Media, Journalism, Print Editing, Public Relations, Radio/TV/Film/Broadcasting, Scriptwriting|
|Elective credits in communication, speech or speech pathology. Up to 9 of these credits can be in appropriate sociology and/or psychology subjects||15 credits|
|Capstone||3 credits||COM 499 (Culminating course in concentration)|
Student Learning OutcomesStudents 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.