Communication Studies

The requirements for the major in communication studies will include a minimum of 48 credits, plus 15 credits in a second field of concentration for a Bachelor of Science in Communication and 16 hours in a foreign language for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

 

Communication studies majors may choose from five areas of emphasis: instructional communication and corporate training; intercultural communication and diversity; interpersonal communication and conflict management; organizational communication and leadership; and rhetoric and public culture.

Communication Studies Core Courses (20 hrs.)
SPCH 1310Perspectives in Communication Studies

3 credits

SPCH 2010Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

SPCH 2410Small Group Communication and Leadership

3 credits

SPCH 4510/SPCH 8516Persuasion and Social Influence

3 credits

SPCH 4940Speech Communication Senior Capstone Seminar

3 credits

SPCH 4960/BRCT 4960/JOUR 4960Internship and Career Preparation Seminar

1 credit

And Either

SPCH 4970/BRCT 4970/JOUR 4970Internship experience

1 credit

Or

SPCH 4990Advanced Communication Practicum

1 - 3 credits

Advanced Communication Performance course - 3 hours - Choose from:

SPCH 3120Persuasive Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3130Speech Communication in Business and the Professions

3 credits

SPCH 3140Advanced Public Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3150Intercollegiate Forensic Activities

1 - 3 credits

SPCH 3520Interviewing

3 credits

SPCH 4150/SPCH 8156Corporate Training and Development

3 credits

SPCH 4160/SPCH 8166Communication for Instructional Settings

3 credits

SPCH 4800/SPCH 8806Conflict Mediation

3 credits

Communication Studies Area of Emphasis (18 hrs.)  Students will complete 18 hours of communication studies courses with an emphasis in one of the following areas in consultation with an adviser.

Instructional Communication & Corporate Training

SPCH 4150/SPCH 8156Corporate Training and Development

3 credits

SPCH 4160/SPCH 8166Communication for Instructional Settings

3 credits

SPCH 4560/SPCH 8566Communication, Teamwork, & Facilitation

3 credits

Plus 9 additional hours in SPCH courses

Intercultural Communication & Diversity

SPCH 3750/WGST 3750Gender and Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4530/SPCH 8536Intercultural Communication-US

3 credits

Plus 12 additional hours in SPCH courses

Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Management

SPCH 4140/SPCH 8146Communication and Human Relationships

3 credits

SPCH 4700/SPCH 8706Interpersonal Conflict

3 credits

SPCH 4800/SPCH 8806Conflict Mediation

3 credits

Plus 9 additional hours in SPCH courses

Organizational Communication & Leadership
SPCH 3130Speech Communication in Business and the Professions

3 credits

SPCH 4180/SPCH 8186Communication Leadership and Power and Organizations

3 credits

SPCH 4170/SPCH 8176Organization Communication

3 credits

Plus 9 additional hours in SPCH courses

Rhetoric & Public Culture

SPCH 2120Argumentation and Debate

3 credits

SPCH 4110/SPCH 8116Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

3 credits

BRCT 4310/BRCT 8316Political Broadcasting

3 credits

Plus 9 additional hours in SPCH courses

 

Communication Studies students select from the following SPCH courses to complete the additional hours in their area of emphasis.

SPCH 1310Perspectives in Communication Studies

3 credits

SPCH 1710/THEA 1090Oral Interpretation of Literature

3 credits

SPCH 2120Argumentation and Debate

3 credits

SPCH 2420Parliamentary Procedure and Meeting Management

2 credits

SPCH 3100Presentation & Interview Anxiety Reduction Techniques

3 credits

SPCH 3130Speech Communication in Business and the Professions

3 credits

SPCH 3120Persuasive Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3140Advanced Public Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3150Intercollegiate Forensic Activities

1 - 3 credits

SPCH 3160Intercollegiate Forensic Activities

1 - 3 credits

SPCH 3600Special Topics in Speech Communication

3 credits

SPCH 3750/WGST 3750Gender and Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4110/SPCH 8116Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

3 credits

SPCH 4130Family Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4140/SPCH 8146Communication and Human Relationships

3 credits

SPCH 4150/SPCH 8156Corporate Training and Development

3 credits

SPCH 4160/SPCH 8166Communication for Instructional Settings

3 credits

SPCH 4170/SPCH 8176Organization Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4180/SPCH 8186Communication Leadership and Power and Organizations

3 credits

SPCH 4190/SPCH 8196Computer Mediated Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4220/SPCH 8226Health Communication

3 credits

BRCT 4310/BRCT 8316Political Broadcasting

3 credits

SPCH 4510/SPCH 8516Persuasion and Social Influence

3 credits

SPCH 4520/SPCH 8526Psycholinguistics

3 credits

SPCH 4530/SPCH 8536Intercultural Communication-US

3 credits

SPCH 4540/SPCH 8546Contemporary Systems of Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4550/SPCH 8556Nonverbal Communication

3 credits

SPCH 4560/SPCH 8566Communication, Teamwork, & Facilitation

3 credits

SPCH 4600/SPCH 8606Communication Theory and Application

3 credits

SPCH 4620/SPCH 8626Directing Forensics

3 credits

SPCH 4700/SPCH 8706Interpersonal Conflict

3 credits

SPCH 4800/SPCH 8806Conflict Mediation

3 credits

SPCH 4940Speech Communication Senior Capstone Seminar

3 credits

Additional Requirements include:

Journalism and Media Communication courses (7 credits)

JOUR 2100Media Writing Laboratory

3 credits

JOUR 2104Media Writing Lecture

1 credit

Approved Course - JOUR/BRCT Elective (adviser approved) - 3 credits

 

Research Methods or Statistics (3 credits)

Choose one course:  BRCT 4350 Media Communication Research (or other adviser-approved course)

 

Foreign Language (Bachelor of Arts ONLY) (16 credits)

 

Second Area or Minor (Bachelor of Science ONLY) (15 credits in one subject/or related area outside of major)

 

Electives (as needed to meet the 120-hour minimum for degree)


 

Second Field of Concentration for BSC Degree for Communication Studies Majors

 

The second field of concentration is required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication (BSC) degree. Communication studies majors pursuing the BSC should complete 15 hours of courses (including at least six hours of 3000- to 4000-level courses) in one department or academic program, or inter-related courses from various departments or academic programs other than communication studies. Communication studies majors may have a second field of concentration in journalism and media communication by completing 12 hours of courses in BRCT and/or JOUR (six hours of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level), in addition to the BRCT/JOUR courses already required for the communication studies major.