The bachelor of arts major combines a core of required courses, providing a solid foundation in the study of communication, with an area of emphasis, allowing the student to pursue a particular area of interest within the discipline. See the Undergraduate Bulletin degree map for information on completing this degree. Go to General Information to find out how to obtain an advisor and see an Advising Checklist for this major.
Public Speaking or Performance and Everyday Life
Introduction to Theories of Communication
Ethics of Communication
1. Relational: In the relational communication emphasis the student will study communication in the personal, social & professional relationships that are the building blocks of our lives. The student will learn about such topics as conversation management, conflict management, listening, and gender in such contexts as the family, friendship, romance, and employment. The knowledge and practical application students will gain will be relevant to positions in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors as well as graduate school. Students wanting to work in human resource management, conflict management, event planning as well as many other professions will find this emphasis beneficial.
2. Intercultural: The Intercultural Emphasis is designed to prepare students to work and communicate effectively in our culturally diverse and increasingly interdependent world. It introduces students to the dynamics, opportunities and challenges when communicating with diverse individuals. This emphasis provides a knowledge of major intercultural communication principles, and encourages application of these principles in multiple contexts within the United States and abroad.
3. Persuasion and Advocacy: Want to make a difference in your world? The Persuasion and Advocacy emphasis teaches core communication concepts and skills related to social influence and advocacy. Students who complete this emphasis will (1) understand how individuals, businesses, and communities use communication to accomplish their goals and to shape their own and others’ identities, and (2) develop and improve communication skills essential for success in personal, professional, and public settings. Majors in this emphasis will learn how to assess situations that call for rhetorical intervention, to plan suitable responses, and to communicate ethically with various publics in speech, in writing, and in performance. The Persuasion and Advocacy emphasis is relevant to a broad range of careers, including management, marketing, mass communication, public relations, social and human services, community psychology, community studies, political science, criminal justice, government, law, or international relations.
4. Leadership and Organizational Communication: The leadership and organizational communication emphasis focuses on communication in the workplace. This emphasis is designed for students who plan to become leaders and managers in business, governmental, or non-profit organizations, and who want to begin their careers well-prepared for the complexities of workplace communication. Courses in this emphasis address contemporary theories of organizational communication and leadership, as well as applications to specific contexts such as small group dynamics, motivational techniques, interviewing skills and conflict management.
5. General Communication: This emphasis provides a broad background to the discipline of Communication Studies. Students who select this emphasis will have the opportunity to explore many dimensions of communication across a variety of contexts, and will have developed skills in both presentation and relational communication.
The Communication Arts and Literature Major is designed to meet certification requirements of prospective public school teachers of Communication Arts and Literature. See the Undergraduate Bulletin degree map for information on completing this degree.
This major complements many different major programs of study and is intended for students who desire a double major and who have filed a major in another department. This major provides a broad exposure to the study of communication in a variety of contexts, while providing more depth than a CMST minor. A supplementary major or minor in Communication Studies better prepares the student to address communication as important to career, community, and relationships. See the Undergraduate Bulletin degree map for information on completing this degree. Go to General Information to find out how to obtain an advisor and to see an Advising Checklist for this major.
The Communication Studies Interdepartmental Major is for students who have specific occupational goals in mind—e.g., legal/governmental, events planning, hospitality, non-profit, human services, human resource management, etc. The major combines a Communication Studies core with an elective program drawn from at least two other departments. See the Undergraduate Bulletin degree map for information on completing this degree. Go to General Information to find out how to obtain an advisor and to see an Advising Checklist for this major.
For further information and requirements to complete these academic programs see the: Undergraduate Bulletin.
The Communication Studies Department revised their programs and courses Fall of 2009. Course Descriptions for these revised courses are located in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
While thinking about your academic program, don't forget extracurricular activities are an important part of your collegiate experience. See student organizations for more information on organizations through the Communication Studies Department.