Program Requirements

Requirements for Majors

The Department of Communication offers a major requiring ten courses and several correlative courses. Core courses must be taken in sequence. Students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in courses for communication and have a C- or better in Communication 10100, and Communication 30000. The four core courses are:

  • 10100: Foundations of Public Communication
  • 30000: Human Communication Theory
  • 47000: Communication Research Methodologies
  • 48000: Senior Research

The senior sequence of the three 40000 level courses constitute the capstone sequence. This generally provides the environment for students to move to the level of researcher, a significant step in the production of human knowledge. Several students have had their original research published, and some have continued their research interests in graduate school.

The department offers courses in four areas of concentration:

  1. Relational Communication
  2. Rhetorical Communication
  3. Mediated Communication
  4. Intercultural Communication

Students must also choose a total of five elective courses from three areas of concentration in order to complete their major.

Correlatives

For students entering in the fall 2012 and later: Choose one writing course, as designated above the First Year Seminar (FSEM) level (e.g., COMM 24000, 24600, 33300, 34500; WRIT 23100, 30400, 30500, 30600 etc.). If a communication course is selected as a writing requirement, it cannot also count as a communication elective. Students admitted prior to the fall of 2012 shall choose two writing courses or complete a foreign language through 10300 competency.

Departmental Grade Point Average

The Communication Department calculates the departmental grade point average by considering all courses taken in the department that are used for the major, but not the correlatives.  Students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in courses for communication and have a C- or better in Communication 10100 and 30000.  At the completion of the junior year, each student should perform a self-audit of requirements for completing the communication major with his or her adviser to see if the student has successfully met them all and can continue in the major.  If a student meets the criteria established by the College for departmental honors (please refer to that section of the catalogue), then the additional requirement is participation in a selected “honors” discussion with other honor students and faculty to share scholarly perspectives on a socially significant issue, as determined by the faculty.

Departmental Honors

If a student meets the criteria established by the college for departmental honors (please refer to that section in the catalog), then the additional requirement is participation in a selected honors discussion with other honor students and faculty to share scholarly perspectives on a socially significant issue, as determined by the faculty.

Apprenticeship in Communication

Students are also required to complete an Apprenticeship in Communication, which is an experience for practical application of their oral and written skills. This can be done on or off campus with or without academic credit. Many students choose to do internships or work in one of the many campus organizations that utilize their communication skills. The most traditional manner of fulfilling the practicum off campus is through either internships or field experiences.

On campus opportunities include working Advance, WHRM, The Vision, Student Senate, KCPB Programming Board, Intercultural Forum, or campus jobs with the Alumni, Development, Career, or College Relations Offices. More information on these can be found on the On-Campus Opportunities page.

The Apprenticeship Program is required for all students who are majoring in Communication and is strongly encouraged for those who are minoring.

Additional Options

28000 Seminar *
28100 Independent Study #
29800 Internship Program: Field Experience #
38000 Special Topics in Communication *
48100 Independent Research #
49800 Internship #
62000 Radio Broadcast Techniques
62100 Radio Station Management
63000 Newspaper Techniques
63100 Yearbook Techniques
63200 Print Media Management

* These offerings can be in any of the tracks, so check with departmental faculty for confirmation of 28000 and 38000 course allocations.
# These offerings are not generally counted as part of the nine courses for completion of the major. Only under extenuating circumstances does the Department change this position.

Requirements for Minors

A minor in communication requires five courses, including Communication 10100 and 30000; three courses are selected from two different areas of concentration. These courses, chosen in consultation with a communication department faculty member, should represent a coherent study of communication relative and complementary to the student's major.

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Required Courses

  • Foundations of Public Communication
  • Human Communication Theory
  • Junior Readings
  • Communication Research Methodologies
  • Senior Research