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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 three areas of emphasis: strategic communication, media communication or sports 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; B. Paxton

Communication Major (36 Credit Hours)

Students select one of three concentrations (21 hours) to complete the major.

  • Strategic Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students who seek to enter into corporate communication positions or non-profit communication positions
  • Media Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in the consistently changing world of modern mass media
  • Sports Communication -- this concentration is targeted to students interested in pursuing careers in sports management and sports promotion

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

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

Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

  • COMM 200: Perspectives on Human Communication 
  • COMM 205: Mediated Message Production 
  • COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication 
  • COMM 324: Senior Seminar I: Communication Research  
  • COMM 369: Senior Seminar II: Research Applications

Strategic Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 216: Introduction to Health Communication
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 203 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media
  • COMM 210: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 313: Persuasion
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • COMM 350: Gender, Identity and Communication
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • COMM 337: Leadership Communication
  • COMM 325: Internet as Communication
  • COMM 306: Organizational Assessment
  • COMM 209: Small Group Communication

Media Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production
  • COMM 222: Critical Television Studies

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media
  • COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication
  • COMM 321 Electronic Journalism
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • COMM 325 Internet as Communication
  • COMM 305: Television and Film Scriptwriting
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • ART 113: Photo 1: Digital
  • ART 315: Website Art and Design

Sports Communication

Required to complete this concentration:

  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media 
  • COMM 207: Sports Communication
  • COMM 321: Electronic Journalism

Choose four courses from the following:

  • COMM 203 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production
  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production
  • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 335: Organizational Communication
  • COMM 325: Internet as Communication
  • COMM 321: Electronic Journalism
  • COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics
  • COMM 350 Gender and Communication
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing
  • ART 113: Photo 1: Digital
  • ART 315: Website Art and Design
  • ENGL 235: Literature and Sports
  • SOC 140: Sociology of Sports

Communication Minor 

Communication minors must complete Communication 200 OR 211, and four communication electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor.

*All courses for the communication minor are three credit hours.

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