Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Program Description

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Communication Studies teaches the practical skills necessary to be a successful professional in the todayís dynamic market, where speaking and listening expertise is highly valued. From classes in public speaking to interpersonal communication, teamwork, mass communication, social media, and more, students prepare to effectively communicate in speech and on the page, with both small groups and big organizations. Learning these best practices of human communication serves students for a lifetime. This degree is perfect for students with broad interests and diverse talents. A Communication degree can offer professional success in a wide variety of fields, including government, business, industry, and nonprofit sectors.

THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR IN PHOTOS

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Major

Communication Studies Courses:

  • COM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 202 Small Group Communication
  • COM 205 Mass Communications
  • COM 590-594 Field Experiences/Internship
  • COM 601 Capstone

And four more of the following Communication Studies courses:

  • COM 151 Voice and Diction
  • COM 200 Principles of Technological and Social Communication
  • COM 203 Professional Presentations
  • COM 207 Business and Professional Communication
  • COM 225 Communication Ethics
  • COM 230 Social Media and Web Planning
  • COM 301 Applied Social Media
  • COM 303 Sales Communication
  • COM 320 Perspectives on Sports Media and Communication
  • COM 405 Political Communication
  • COM 410 Advanced Topics

Communication studies majors must complete a minor in another field.

Requirements for the Sports Communication Concentration

Communication Studies and Supporting Courses:

  • COM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 202 Small Group Communication
  • COM 205 Mass Communications
  • COM 320 Perspectives on Sports Media and Communication
  • COM 590-594 Field Experiences/Internship
  • COM 601 Capstone
  • BC 101 Radio and TV Fundamentals
  • BC 111 Writing for Electronic Media
  • BC 120 Broadcast Practicum (Experiences should be with WWNW, WCN, or wcn247.com sports departments)
  • BC 251 Single-Camera Video Production
  • BC 303 Remote and Field Production
  • BC 309 Sports Broadcasting
  • MA 110 Design Principles + Practices

And four more of the following Communication Studies courses:

  • COM 200 Principles of Technological and Social Communication
  • COM 203 Professional Presentations
  • COM 207 Business and Professional Communication
  • COM 225 Communication Ethics
  • COM 230 Social Media and Web Planning
  • COM 301 Applied Social Media
  • COM 303 Sales Communication

Students in the Sports Communication Concentration are not required to complete a minor in another field.

Requirements for the Minor

Communication Studies Courses:

  • 24 semester hours of Communication Studies courses.

*Note: Only one of the six courses may be an internship (COM 590).

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEGREE?

Imagine yourself a human resources officer, events planner, speechwriter, sales representative, political campaign worker, public relations specialist, mediator, fundraiser, or communication consultant.

Last updated Feb 2018

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