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Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Fall 2021)

The communication major aims to prepare students to develop intellectual skills to analytically and critically create, design, deliver, and interpret messages. We strive to nurture students in becoming influential leaders and active citizens who contribute to domestic and global communities as effective and ethical communicators. The program offers the study of applied and theoretical aspects of the communication process in interpersonal, professional, organizational, and intercultural contexts. The communication faculty are dedicated to creating a supportive academic environment for students' success and providing guidance for careers with a communication degree. Students will be equipped with strong communication skills and knowledge necessary and relevant in various professions. Students must complete the two communication foundation courses (COM 201 and COM 207) with an overall average of B in order to graduate from the major.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • LOC1. General communication knowledge
    Demonstrate understandings of the different areas and theories in communication.
    Employ communication expertise across a wide range of contexts.
    Understand communication as a transactional process.
    Identify essential components of communication.
  • LOC2. Analytical and critical skills
    Analyze the goals, audiences, purposes and contexts to develop and adapt communication strategies.
    Identify barriers to successful communication in various contexts including interpersonal, intercultural, and professional situations, and address the problems appropriately and effectively.
    Bring communication perspectives to the analysis of domestic and global issues, and offer responses and solutions using communication.
  • LOC3. Communication competence in applied contexts
    Choose and employ verbal and nonverbal skills as effective public communicators.
    Create effective oral and written messages tailored to their audiences.
  • LOC4. Communication ethics
    Identify ethical perspectives of communication.
    Choose to communicate with ethical intention.
    Evaluate ethical issues of communication.
    Propose appropriate solutions to ethical dilemmas in communicative situations.
  • LOC5. Diversity skills
    Demonstrate communication competence, including cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral aspects, in various cultural contexts.

Communication Foundation Core Requirements (10 credits)
    COM 201 - Introduction to Mass Communication Credits: (5)
    COM 207 - Introduction to Human Communication Credits: (5)

Fundamentals of Communication (20 credits)
    COM 250 - Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: (4)
    COM 251 - Small Group Dynamics Credits: (4)
    COM 253 - Interpersonal Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 302 - Intercultural Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 365 - Organizational Communication Credits: (4)

Communication Theory (8 credits)
    COM 340 - Rhetorical Theory Credits: (4)
    COM 401 - Communication Theory Credits: (4)

Research Methods in Communication (4 credits)
Choose one.
    COM 451 - Communication Analysis and Research Credits: (4)
    COM 455 - Rhetorical Criticism Credits: (4)

Applied Communication Contexts (16 credits)
Take at least a total of 16 credits. May take a COM prefix course not listed for the Communication Major, BA program, for up to 4 credits.
    COM 333 - Communication Ethics Credits: (4)
    COM 345 - Business and Professional Speaking Credits: (4)
    COM 350 - Persuasion and Culture Credits: (4)
    COM 362 - Conflict and Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 375 - Interviewing Principles and Techniques Credits: (4)
    COM 380 - Non-Verbal Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 402 - Gender Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 403 - Family Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 407 - Advanced Intercultural Communication Credits: (4)
    COM 450 - Advanced Public Speaking Credits: (4)
    COM 465 - Communication and Organizational Leadership Credits: (4)
    COM 490 - Cooperative Education Credits: (1-12) (Up to 4 credits may be used in the major.)
    COM 494 - Teaching Communication Credits: (1-4)
    COM 495 - Directed Research in Communication (1-4)
    OR May choose a study-abroad option as an alternative to up to 12 credits of coursework.

Communication Capstone (5 credits)
    COM 485 - Senior Seminar Credits: (4)
    COM 489 - Portfolio Assessment Credits: (1)



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