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Communication & Media > Major

Major in Communication Studies - 40 credits

The major in Communication Studies emphasizes an understanding of communication principles and humanistic approaches to communication studies as well as the development of skills in political, organizational, and interpersonal contexts. The major provides a foundation for graduate work or for a career in any profession that deals with the public, such as politics, law, business, social work, or teaching. Students majoring in Communication Studies may focus their course work by choosing one of two concentrations: Organizational Communication or Interpersonal-Intercultural Communication.

Required introductory courses..........................6 credits
CMM102 Introduction to Communication (3)
CMM104 Public Speaking (3)

Required intermediate courses.........................6 credits
Choose two:
CMM202 Interpersonal Communication (3)
CMM204 Small Group Communication (3)
CMM214 Storytelling and Culture (3)
CMM357 Argumentation (3)

Required theory courses....................................4 credits
Choose one:
CMM353 Theories of Persuasion (4)
CMM354 Communication Research Methods (4)

Elective courses.................................................12 credits, including at least 6 upper-division credits

Concentrations...................................................12 credits
Majors must complete one concentration, including a seminar that is considered the capstone course.

    Concentration 1: Organizational Communication
   Select 3 courses in addition to the seminar:
   JRN315 Public Relations 1 (3)
   PSY315 Basics of Organizational Psychology (3)
   CMM359 Communication Among Cultures (3)
   CMM360 Organizational Communication I (3)
   CMM430 Training & Development (4)
   CMM450 Negotiation (3)
   CMM454 Organizational Communication Seminar (3)
   DMJ221 Introduction to Advertising (3)
   DMJ431 Advertising Sales (3)

    Concentration 2: Interpersonal-Intercultural Communication
   Select 3 courses in addition to the seminar:

   PSY330 Crisis Intervention (3)
   SOC379 Social Interaction (3)
   CMM355 Non-verbal Communication (3)
   CMM358 Conflict Management (3)
   CMM359 Communication Among Cultures (3)
   CMM452 Communication and Gender (3)
   CMM455 Interpersonal Communication Seminar (3)


Public Relations Concentration - 41-42 credits

Required lower-division courses.......................10 credits
DMJ230 Journalism I (4)
DMJ101 Media and Society (3)
DMJ221 Introduction to Advertising (3)

Required upper-division courses....................22-23 credits
JRN315 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
JRN316 Advanced Public Relations (3)
JRN317 Public Relations Publishing (3)
DMJ347 Media Ethics (3)
CMM353 Theories of Persuasion (4)
CMM360 Organizational Communication I (3)

One of the following:
DMJ314 Feature Writing (4)
DMJ332 Journalism II (4)
DMJ319 Writing for Digital Media (3)

Electives.........................................................9 credits
BUS325 Marketing (3)
DMJ464 The Press in America (3)
CMM104 Public Speaking (3)
DMJ350 Media Research Methods (4)
CMM354 Communication Research Methods (4)
CMM357 Argumentation
CMM359 Communication Among Cultures (3)
DMJ431 Advertising Sales (3)
CMM450 Negotiation (3)
CMM451 Political Communication (3)
DMJ432 Television in American Culture (3)