Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts - COMM

Program in Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies, Dance & Theatre offers a Bachelor of Arts major in Communication Studies. The department also offers a minor in Public Relations and Advertising.

Major Requirements (33 Hours)

COMM 103Introduction to Communication (with a grade of B- or above)3
COMM 210Mass Media and Society3
COMM 330Critical Issues in Mass Communication3
Senior Comprehensive Sequence
Select one of the following:6
Research in Communication
and Seminar in Advanced Research Methods
Research in Rhetoric
and Seminar in Rhetoric and Criticism
Select two of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Intercultural Communication
Public Communication
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Rhetoric Through Pop Culture
Political Communication
Select two of the following:2-6
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Rhetoric Through Pop Culture
Small Group Communication
Social Media
Magazine Writing
Introduction to Journalism
Digital Video Production
Introduction to New Media
Special Topics
Advertising in Consumer Society
Public Relations
Organizational Communication
Intercultural Communication
Oral Interpretation
Public Communication
Political Communication
Art and Entertainment Law
Mass Communication Law
Non-Profit Public Relations Campaigns and Theory
Marketing Communication
Seminar on Women, Leadership, and Communication
Masculinities in the United States Media
Communication Ethics
Broadcast Media Production
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Credits29-33

Advanced Writing Proficiency 

Students complete this requirement by submitting a portfolio of writing samples from three categories that correspond to the curriculum requirement. The portfolio consists of papers prepared for courses in the major in Communication Studies. The portfolio is submitted for review in the spring of the senior year.

Senior Comprehensive

Students may complete the Senior Comprehensive in one of two sequences of courses reflecting the main intellectual traditions of the communication discipline

  1. research methods (COMM 385 Research in CommunicationCOMM 496 Seminar in Advanced Research Methods), which explores social-scientific and qualitative methods of inquiry, or
  2. rhetorical criticism (COMM 386 Research in Rhetoric, COMM 495 Seminar in Rhetoric and Criticism), focusing on the critical analysis of all types of public communication.

The first course in either sequence must be taken in the spring of the Junior year, the second in the fall of the Senior year.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and explain various communication theories and apply them to understand texts, events, relationships, messages, or settings.
  • Students will be able to explain how communication and media institutions shape selected dimensions of social life (politics, law, ethics, gender, or culture).
  • Students will be able to communicate clearly and ethically in a variety of contexts and formats (written, visual, oral, and mediated).

Faculty/Professional Specialists

C. Fitzpatrick, M. Kramer, S. Mancino, T. Russ