Degree Essentials
2015-2016

Communication

Faculty

Professor Suzanne Condray, Chair

Professor Suzanne E. Condray; Associate Professors Amanda M. Gunn, Laurel Kennedy, Bill Kirkpatrick, Jeffrey Kurtz, Lisbeth Lipari; Assistant Professors Hollis Griffin, Alina Haliliuc, Sangeet Kumar, Omedi Ochieng, Laura Russell; Visiting Assistant Professor Kristin Cole; Instructor (part-time) Alan D. Miller; Academic Administrative Assistant Sally Scheiderer

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

Courses in the Department of Communication examine the process by which meanings are developed, shaped, and shared in interpersonal, mediated, and speaker-audience contexts across and within cultures. In and out of the classroom, faculty and students study communication processes, how people perceive them, assign meaning to them, and respond in different circumstances.

Courses in the department present opportunities for students who want to gain a deeper insight into the communication process or who are considering careers in teaching, law, government, journalism, radio or television broadcasting, communication management, business and public policy.

Communication Major

A student majoring in Communication must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in the department. All students must declare Communication as their major prior to taking Theorizing Communication (COMM 280) and Research in Communication (COMM 290). Both COMM 280 and COMM 290 must be taken by the end of the sophomore year and before taking upper division (300-and 400-level) courses. In addition to completing these core requirements, students must complete one course at the 100-level, one course at the 200-level, three courses at the 300-level, one course at the 400-level, and one additional course at any level.

Communication Minor

A student minoring in Communication must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in the department. Students must declare Communication as their minor prior to taking Theorizing Communication (COMM 280) and Research in Communication (COMM 290). Both COMM 280 and COMM 290 must be taken by the end of the sophomore year and before taking upper division (300-and 400-level) courses. In addition to completing these core requirements, students must complete one course at the 200-level, one course at the 300-level, one course at the 400-level, and one additional course at any level.