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IMPORTANT: Effective Fall 2015, the Department of Communication Studies has redesigned its major. Below are the major requirements for students who declared after August 1, 2015, and students who declared before August 1, 2015.

 

Major Requirements for students who declared AFTER August 1, 2015

A major in communication studies requires 30 hours of course work. The requirements and options for the major are as follows:

Category 1: Foundations—two courses (6 credit hours):
• Communication Studies 1002: Introduction to Communication Studies
• Communication Studies 1500: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Category 2: Argumentation and Advocacy—one course (3 credit hours):
• Communication Studies 2100: Argumentation and Debate*
• Communication Studies 2110: Persuasion*
• Communication Studies 2120: Organizational and Managerial*
* Prerequisite CMST 1500

Category 3: Public Discourse and Deliberation—three courses (9 credit hours), one of which must be 3000, 3001, or 3002:
• Communication Studies 3000: Rhetoric of the American Experience 1640-1865
• Communication Studies 3001: Rhetoric of the American Experience 1865-1945
• Communication Studies 3002: Rhetoric of the American Experience 1945 to the present
• Communication Studies 3110: Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change
• Communication Studies 3120: Rhetoric of U.S. Religion
• Communication Studies 3600: The Rhetorical Tradition
• Communication Studies 3700: Politics and Mass Media

Category 4: Culture, Theory, and Critique—three courses (9 credit hours):
• Communication Studies 2800: Rhetoric and Civic Life
• Communication Studies 2950: Rhetoric of Mass Media
• Communication Studies 3100: Rhetoric of Social Movements
• Communication Studies 3620: Rhetoric, Culture, and Critique
• Communication Studies 3620W: Rhetoric, Culture, and Critique
• Communication Studies 3710: Cultural Rhetorics of Film
• Communication Studies 3720: Communicating Gender

Category 5: One elective course (3 credit hours):
• Selected from the courses listed in categories 2 through 4, which has not been counted toward those requirements.

Communication Studies 1111 (Freshman Seminar), 3840 (Directed Readings), 3850 (Independent Study in Communication), 3890 (Special Topics in Communication), 4960 (Seminar in Selected Topics), and 4961 (Seminar in Selected Topics) may be counted toward the major in the category corresponding to the topic of the course, with the permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

 

 

Major Requirements for students who declared BEFORE August 1, 2015

A major in communication studies requires 36 hours of course work. The requirements and options for the major are as follows:

Required (3 hours)
Communication Studies 100 (1500): Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

At Least One of the Following Courses in Performance (3 hours)
Communication Studies 200 (2100): Argumentation and Debate*
Communication Studies 201 (2110): Persuasion*
Communication Studies 204 (2120): Organizational and Managerial*
* Prerequisite CMST 100 (1500)

At Least Three of the Following Courses in Criticism and Theory (9 hours)
Communication Studies 210 (2800): Rhetoric and Civic Life
Communication Studies 220 (3000): Rhetoric of the American Experience 1640-1865
Communication Studies 221 (3001): Rhetoric of the American Experience 1865-1945
Communication Studies 225 (3002): Rhetoric of the American Experience 1945 to the present
Communication Studies 222 (3600): The Rhetorical Tradition
Communication Studies 241 (2950): Rhetoric of Mass Media

At Least Three of the Following Courses in Application and Analysis (9 hours)
Communication Studies 115W (1111): Freshman Seminar
Communication Studies 224 (3100): Rhetoric of Social Movements
Communication Studies 226 (3110): Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change
Communication Studies 229 (3120): Rhetoric of U.S. Religion
Communication Studies 235 (3720): Communicating Gender
Communication Studies 243 (3710): Cultural Rhetorics of Film
Communication Studies 244 (3700): Politics and Mass Media
Communication Studies 254 (3620): Rhetoric, Culture, and Critique
Communication Studies 254W (3620W): Rhetoric, Culture, and Critique
Communication Studies 294 (3890): Special Topics in Communication

These courses may also be available for credit in Applications and Analysis. Consent of the instructor is required.
Communication Studies 289 (3850): Independent Study in Communication
Communication Studies 290 (3840): Directed Readings

The remainder of the 36 hours may be selected from the courses listed above or from the following:
Cinema and Media Arts 201 (2300): Film and Media Theory
English 120W (1300W): Intermediate Composition
English 200 (3210): Intermediate Non-fiction Writing
English 201 (3220): Advanced Non-Fiction Writing
Managerial Studies 190 (1200): Principles of Marketing
Managerial Studies 191 (3200): Advanced Marketing
Philosophy 102 (1003): General Logic
Philosophy 202 (3003): Formal Logic
Philosophy 222 (3008): American Philosophy
Philosophy 246 (3617): Philosophy of Language
Political Science 242 (2242): Political Communication
Political Science 245 (2245): The American Presidency
Sociology 248 (3207): Popular Culture Dynamics
Sociology 249 (3604): American Social Movements
Women's and Gender Studies 249 (2249): Women and Humor in the Age of Television
Women's and Gender Studies 250/250W (3250/3250W): Contemporary Women's Movements

Only 9 hours of 100 level courses may be counted toward the major.


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