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, media in society, and media law. Students must complete 23-24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of mass communication concentration courses, for a total of 41-42 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 23-24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of interpersonal communication concentration courses, for a total of 41-42 hours. The concentration requires one writing intensive course, an internship and a minimum of six hours at the 300 or 400 levels.

Public Relations Communication concentration
The public relations concentration offers an applied communication curriculum with a focus on theory and process of public relations practice. Students investigate many areas, including public relations writing and techniques, social media strategy, public relations campaigns,  and digital media production. Students must complete 23-24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of public relations concentration courses, for a total of 41-42 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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