Communication - Requirements

The Major

Printable summary of the requirements for the Communication major

Requirements

To earn a 30-credit major in communication, students follow a program of study designed to develop breadth and depth of knowledge about communication processes in a variety of contexts. The communication major consists of ten three-credit courses. All communication majors complete a set of five (three-credit) required courses known as communication foundations. With the aid of the communication faculty, students have the ability to focus their studies in several areas of interest and to develop a personalized trajectory that best suits their theoretical and applied interests. Communication majors are strongly encouraged to complete minors related to their areas of interest, to continue their foreign language beyond the intermediate level, to study abroad, and to pursue internships that allow for applied learning of theoretical material. The requirements of the communication foundations and the areas of interest are detailed below.

Required for all communication majors

Communication Foundations (15 credits)

CO 100 Human Communication Theories
CO 101 Argument and Advocacy
CO 130 Mass Media and Society
CO 200 Interpersonal Communication Theories (Prerequisite: CO 100)
CO 309 Research Projects in Communication: 
The Capstone (senior majors only)

  • CO 100 and CO 101 are the foundational courses in the communication major. Students should plan to take both courses during the same semester,preferably during their first or second year. CO 100 and CO 101 should be taken before taking the 200- and 300-level communication courses.
  • Students should plan to enroll in CO 200 and CO 130 after successful completion of CO 100 and CO 101. CO 200 and CO 130 need not be taken during the same semester.
  • Students complete CO 309 - the required capstone course - during their senior year.

Communication Interests (15 credits)

All majors must also select five additional CO courses, at least one of which must be a 300-level course (that does not include internships, independent studies or capstone experiences). Provided below are several suggestions for possible areas of interest, but ultimately students should work with their faculty advisor to create their own academic plan that satisfies their intellectual and professional interests. Since courses are not available every semester, flexibility is key.

  • No course that counts toward the communication major can be applied to "double count" for the University core.
  • With the approval from the Department Chair, double majors can "double count" up to two courses from their second major as communication electives. Somesecond major and minor programs may also choose to "double count" communication courses to satisfy the second major or minor requirements. Students should check with those second major or minor chairs for approval.
  • Internships (CO 399) can be counted toward the major one time only. Although two internships can be completed for academic credit (up to 6 credits) only 3 credits will count toward the CO major.
  • Independent studies do not count toward the communication major.
  • Special topics courses (CO 329, CO 339 and CO 349) can each be taken twice for credit if the titles of the courses are different.
  • Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors to design a comprehensive academic plan that takes advantage of the varied offerings in the Communication Department as well as from complimentary majors, minors and programs across the University.
  • Possible interest areas that can be pursued through a major in communication include media studies, organizational communication, communication and the human condition, intercultural communication, critical and cultural studies, interpersonal communication and other interest areas determined in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students should note that course offerings vary from semester to semester. Additionally special topics courses as well as new course offerings may be developed from semester to semester that would complement particular areas of interest. The Communication Department Handbook for Majors, available on the University website, provides more specific suggestions regarding courses relevant to specific areas of interest.

Communication Intrests:

Critical Media Studies
CO 231: Media Institutions
CO 236: Gender, Sexuality and Media
CO 238: Sports, Media and Culture
CO 238: Communication and Popular Culture
CO 239: Consumer Culture
CO 331: American Media/American History
CO 334: Comparative Media Systems
CO 335: Globalization, Media and Culture
CO 337: Visual Communication
CO 339: Topics in Media Theory and Criticism
CO 342: Technoculture and Information Society

Organizational Communication
CO 202: Group Communication
CO 220: Introduction to Organizational Communication
CO 248: Health Communication
CO 321: Communication Processes in Organizations: Negotiation 
CO 322: Leadership Communication 
CO 323: Gender and Organizing
CO 325: Organizational Communication and Advertising
CO 329: Contemporary Topics in Organizational Communication
CO 347: Communication in Healthcare Organizations
CO 348: Risk Communication

Interpersonal Communication
CO 201: Persuasion
CO 240: Intercultural Communication
CO 241: Communication and Culture: East and West
CO 246: Family Communication
CO 346: Spirituality and Communication

Technology And Digital Culture
CO 231: Media Institutions
CO 220: Intro to Organizational Communication
CO 335: Globalization, Media and Culture 
CO 342: Technoculture and Information Society
CO 339: Topics in Media Theory and Criticism

Health Communication
CO 220: Introduction to Organizational Communication
CO 246: Family Communication
CO 248: Health Communication
CO 321: Communication Processes in Organizations: Negotiation 
CO 342: End of Life Communication
CO 347: Communication in Healthcare Organizations
CO 348: Risk Communication

Advertising, Marketing and Consumer Culture
CO 201: Persuasion
CO 236: Gender, Sexuality and Media
CO 238: Communication and Popular Culture
CO 239: Consumer Culture
CO 325: Organizational Communication and Advertising
CO 337: Visual Communication

Communication and Diversity
CO 236: Gender, Sexuality and Media
CO 239: Consumer Culture
CO 240: Intercultural Communication
CO 241: Communication and Culture: East and West
CO 246: Family Communication
CO 323: Gender and Organizing

Media Systems and Institutions
CO 231: Media Institutions
CO 236: Gender, Sexuality and Media
CO 331: American Media/American History
CO 334: Comparative Media Systems
CO 335: Globalization, Media and Culture
CO 342: Technoculture and Information Society

Gender and Communication
CO 236: Gender, Sexuality and Media
CO 239: Consumer Culture
CO 240: Intercultural Communication
CO 246: Family Communication
CO 323: Gender and Organizing
CO 337: Visual Communication

 

The Minor

Printable summary of the requirements for the Communication minor

To earn a 15-credit minor in communication, students are required to complete the following five three-credit courses:

CO 100 Human Communication Theories
CO 101 Argument and Advocacy
CO 130 Mass Media and Society
CO 200 Interpersonal Communication Theories 
(Prerequisite: CO 100)

Any other 200- or 300-level course offered by the Department of Communication except CO 397 Independent Study and CO 399 Internship. Communication minors may not enroll in CO 397 or CO 399. Communication majors receive priority registration for all CO courses.

 

Independent Study and Internship Policies

The Department of Communication offers credit for independent study - CO 397 - to highly self-motivated communication majors in their junior or senior year of studies. Interested students must discuss and document their independent study proposals with a member of the communication faculty before registering for credit. As an elective course recommended only for the most motivated students, CO 397 does not satisfy any requirements in the communication major (or minor), but counts towards graduation.

The Department of Communication also sponsors an active internship program for qualified (2.8 overall GPA) junior and senior majors. Students may earn no more than six internship credits. One three-credit internship course - CO 399 - can be used in fulfillment of the final elective requirement in any of the three areas of concentrated study within the communication major. Communication majors interested in applying for an internship complete the departmental internship application form before registering for CO 399.