Requirements

  • Major and Minor in Communication

    The Major and Minor in Communication were redesigned in 2012 (see left navigation bar for requirements before Fall 2012).  All students must follow this set of requirements if they matriculated in the fall semester of 2012 or after.  The Major in Communication requires at least ten credits, while the Minor in Communication requires at least six credits.

    Requirements for the Major:

    At least 10 credits

    • COMM 110: Introduction to Communication
    • COMM 255: Rhetorical Criticism
    • 1 additional 200-level Rhetoric course
    • 2 200-level Media Studies courses
    • COMM 301: Communication Research Methods
    • 2 additional 300-level Communication seminars
    • COMM 390: Internship. Junior status required
    • Completion of the Senior Studies Requirement in one of the following ways:
      • COMM 420: Senior Seminar
      • COMM 492: Creative Project or COMM 493: Research Project (Senior Status Required for Senior Studies Requirement)
      • COMM 494: Senior Thesis in Communication

    The minimum grade for each course to count toward the major is C. Courses taken Credit-D-Fail (with the exception of internships) will not count toward the major or minor.

    Requirements for the Minor:

    At least 6 credits

    • COMM 110: Introduction to Communication
    • 1 200-level Rhetoric course (not COMM 212)
    • 1 200-level Media Studies course (not COMM 275)
    • COMM 255: Rhetorical Criticism
    • 2 300-level Communication seminars

    Groups of Communication Courses

    200-level Rhetoric Courses

    • COMM 212: Visual Rhetoric
    • COMM 250: The Classical Rhetorical Tradition
    • COMM 251: Rhetorical History of the United States
    • COMM 253: Argumentation and Advocacy
    • COMM 255: Rhetorical Criticism

    200-level Media Studies Courses

    • COMM 275: Film Studies
    • COMM 281: Theories of Mass Communication
    • COMM 283: Race, Culture and Media
    • COMM 285: Modern Media History
    • COMM 287: Media Systems and Institutions

    300-level Seminars

    • COMM 301: Communication Research Methods
    • PHIL 310: Communication Ethics
    • PSYC 325: Persuasion and Truth in Sales Communication
    • COMM 350: Topics in Communication
    • COMM 372: Rhetoric of Economics and the Market
    • COMM 373: Cultural Theory and Media Studies
    • COMM 374: Rhetorical Chicago
    • COMM 375: Documentary Production
    • COMM 376: Queer Cinema
    • COMM 380: Black Cinema
    • COMM 381: History and Theory of Freedom of Expression
    • COMM 382: Women’s Rhetoric and the Feminist Critique
    • COMM 383: New Media and Society
    • COMM 384: The Rhetorical Presidency
    • COMM 385: Public Sphere
    • COMM 386: Reading Popular Culture
    • COMM 387: Rhetoric of Law
    • COMM 388: Rhetoric and Public Memory
    • COMM 389: Political Economy of Media