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Communication Studies

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Internships and Requirements

What classes do I need to take?

All Communications majors complete a core of 22 credits, then select 24 credits of electives in the department based on student interest. Students will work closely with departments and faculty to select appropriate courses.

Communication Studies Schema

Communication major

The Communication major in the Communication, Theatre and Art Department prepares students to design, adapt, and analyze mediated and interpersonal messages appropriate for specific audiences in a variety of settings. The students enrolled in this program will be able to create and critique persuasive arguments and conduct research. The liberally educated Communication major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators and the historical and contemporary contexts of the field.

The Communication major requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses - CTA 4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA  4445 Persuasion. Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits made up of specific courses and choices made in conjunction with the academic advisor. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communications major (all concentrations)

Students need to apply to the Communications major after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the department chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Communications major outcomes

  1. The Communication major prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Communication major prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Communication major prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Communication major prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).

Communication minor

Twenty credits are required for a minor including CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2240 Intercultural Communication, CTA 3445 Argumentation and two additional 4-credit CTA electives with at least one upper-division course. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes for this minor.

Internships and Requirements

Although an internship isn't required, credit will be given for those interested in a pursing one. Each internship runs between 4 and 16 credits.