DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The Department of Communication Studies offers a major in Communication Studies (COS)


COMMUNICATION STUDIES - Dept. Code: COS
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INTRODUCTION

The major in Communication Studies empowers students to acquire advanced skills in many areas involving human interaction, cross-cultural and international communication, advocacy, argumentation, relationship building, leadership, presentation (oral and written), critical thinking, research and writing. Students become familiar with the rich tradition of communication theory and research, investigate emerging knowledge about communication, and contribute to the growth of new understanding by developing and applying their research capabilities. Students also are challenged to employ their communication understanding and skills in meaningful ways through experiential learning, professional and community involvement. Communication Studies blends a broad-based theoretical understanding of communication principles with specific and concrete application for particular contexts. Students are prepared for a variety of career options in health communication, business and the professions, politics and public advocacy, education, training and media, as well as further graduate and professional study in communication, law and other areas.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The educational objectives of the Communication Studies program require that:

• Students demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the human communication process in a diverse society and application of communication skills through examinations, written and multimedia assignments, class discussions, group problem solving, presentations, speeches, debates, and service learning activities.

• Students demonstrate an understanding of communication contexts such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural, small group, organizational, political, and public communication.

• Students demonstrate skill development and application of communication processes including message design, message delivery, critical thinking, creative thinking, and argumentation.

• Students demonstrate the effects of communication and social interaction based on perceptions, construction of reality, relationship development, persuasion, and conflict resolution.

• Students demonstrate an understanding of generating knowledge relating to the human communication process and social interaction using appropriate methods such as qualitative analysis (observations, case studies, interviews, focus groups), quantitative analysis (survey, experimental design, content analysis) or critical approaches (rhetorical criticism, discourse analysis, textual analysis).


DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Bachelor of Science in Communication degree is offered in Communication Studies.


MAJOR

A major is offered in Communication Studies.

Each candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication will complete School of Communication requirements including courses in the School’s General Education Required Areas of Study. Communication Studies majors must also complete a separate minor or a second major in either a second Program of Study within the School or in an academic program outside the School.

Admission to the Communication Studies major

Before admission as a Communication Studies (COS) major, a student must:

A) Achieve sophomore standing;

B) Complete the four Core courses listed below, in residence at the University, all with grades of C or higher (C- is not acceptable.)

Students who have obtained the written approval of the Chair of Communication Studies to use transfer credit to satisfy one or more requirements of that major may be required to complete additional courses in residence at the University before being admitted to that major.

Upon completion of a student’s first 45 University credits while enrolled in the School of
Communication, all University credits earned toward the major will be used in computing a student’s major cumulative grade point average; only those students with a cumulative average of 2.5 or higher will be admitted to a major.

A student who has completed 45 credits while enrolled in the School of Communication but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors may be dismissed from the School. A student who has completed 60 University credits while enrolled in the School but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors will be dismissed from the School. See PROBATION AND DISMISSAL.

THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR

All majors are required to complete Core Courses (12 credits), Area of Concentration (15 credits), and Other Required Courses (9 credits).  A minimum of 15 credits at the 300-level or above is required within the 36-credit major.

CORE COURSES

Students majoring in Communication Studies must complete the following courses (12 credits):

COM 110 Communication Theory
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics
COS 112 Interpersonal Communication
COS 210 Writing for Communication Studies

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Students majoring in Communication Studies are required to choose one of the following areas of concentration (15 credits): General Communication Studies, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, or Public Advocacy.

CONCENTRATION IN GENERAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES

15 elective credits in Communication Studies chosen with prior approval of a COS faculty advisor.

CONCENTRATION IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

COS 316 Small Group Communication
COS 318 Nonverbal Communication
COS 343 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
COS 545 Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
COS 546 Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives

CONCENTRATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

COS 316 Small Group Communication
COS 333 Business Communication
COS 343 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
COS 418 Organizational Communication
COS 498 Communication Studies Internship

CONCENTRATION IN PUBLIC ADVOCACY

COS 211 Public Speaking
COS 472 Persuasion
COS 560 The Executive Communicator

Select one of the following courses:

COS 304 Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (complete 3 credits)
COS 377 Argumentation and Debate

Select one of the following courses:

COS 316 Small Group Communication
COS 318 Nonverbal Communication
COS 336 American Political Campaign Communication
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES

Students majoring in Communication Studies must complete the following courses (9 credits):

COS 351 Qualitative Research Methods
COS 353 Quantitative Communication Research Methods and Analyses
COS 479 Capstone for Communication Studies


MINOR

The minor in Communication Studies requires COM 110, plus twelve additional credits in Communication Studies, at least six of which must be at the 300-level or above. The additional credits must be chosen with prior approval of a Communication Studies faculty advisor. A grade of C or better is required in all courses (a C- is not acceptable.)


DEPARTMENT HONORS

School of Communication students may graduate with School Honors in Communication noted upon their diplomas and transcripts. Students should contact the School’s Office of Admissions, Academic & Alumni Services (2037 Wolfson Building) for details.

Students may receive recognition as graduates cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude if they meet the requirements set forth under GRADUATION HONORS in this Bulletin.