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Communication / Program of Study

Students in the communication program learn to critically examine the format, content, meaning and production of messages distributed across a variety of media. The core curriculum equips students with knowledge of communication theories and practices, while the mass and interpersonal concentrations allow them to delve deeper in their area of academic interest. Majors develop the skills to analyze and interpret contemporary media; influence attitudes, beliefs and values through written and oral communication; solve problems; and are prepared to practice communications legally and ethically.

Mass Communication concentration
The mass communication concentration offers a liberal arts curriculum focusing on the functions and effects of the mass media. Students investigate many areas, including journalism, video production and public relations. Students must complete 24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of mass communication concentration courses, for a total of 42 hours. The concentration requires one writing intensive course, an internship and a minimum of six hours at the 300 or 400 levels.

Interpersonal Communication concentration
The interpersonal communication concentration focuses on theories of relational communication and methods of improving an individual’s success in social interactions. The curriculum emphasizes social relationships, genders and cultures, nonverbal communication and communication in business settings. Students must complete 24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of interpersonal communication concentration courses, for a total of 42 hours. The concentration requires one writing intensive course, an internship and a minimum of six hours at the 300 or 400 levels.

Minor in Communication
Students minoring in communication are required to complete 18 hours of communication courses.

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