The structure of the Communication major allows students to select a specialized emphasis area but also allows enough electives to create a broad career path. The structure reflects career opportunities that increasingly call for flexibility, adaptability, and a wide range of communication skills. Undergraduate courses range from 100 level through 700 level courses.
The Core Requirements (15 credit hours)
The core for all majors includes courses that provide a theoretical and historical summary of the communication field while enhancing written and oral communication skills. There is also a strong emphasis on career development and understanding the integrated nature of the various communication disciplines. Advanced courses such as COMM 629 Theories of Human Communicaiton are required of all students. In addition, all students are required to take a senior capstone course, COMM 699 Communication Careers, in which they prepare a portfolio that is assessed by a faculty committee. The core requirements help students prepare for entry-level positions while developing a comprehensive understanding of the role communication plays in our society.
Professional Career Emphases (12 credit hours)
This section provides a 4-course block in one of 6 career tracks -- advertising, broadcasting, journalism, photojournalism, public relations, or theatre. A seventh emphasis area, communication education, follows separate curriculum requirements leading to the B.S.Ed.
Applied Communication (6 credit hours)
Two courses selected from an extensive list of applied, experiential classes designed to enhance students' skills in specific areas of communication.
Communication Management (3 credit hours)
One course, from a list of 16, designed to introduce students to management-oriented careers within specific communication fields.
Communication and Society (3 credit hours)
One course, selected from a list of 11, designed to increase students' awareness about the effect our discipline has on society.
Communication Practices (3 credit hours)
Practical experience in either on-campus department activities such as theatre, student publications, and radio/television, or off-campus internship programs. Students are highly encouraged to seek an internship experience prior to their senior year.
Free Elective (3 credit hours)
Students are urged to consult with their advisors to select an additional course that would strengthen their career preparation.
Department of Communication in the University Catalog
Visit the Department of Communication section in the current University Catalog for a description of courses and major requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees.