Communication Majors

There are two majors under the Communication Studies area of the Department of Communication:


Communication Studies Major

Communication Studies majors are usually preparing for professional careers in corporate communication, law, teaching or the ministry. Instruction is offered in the areas of rhetoric and public discourse, organizational communication, and argumentation and debate.

Thirty-six semester hours including the following required courses:

  • One three-hour course from: CSS 1301, 1302, or 1304 (Public Speaking)
  • CSS 1305- Introduction to Commmunication Studies
  • CSS 3302- Introduction to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • CSS 3310- Communication Theory
  • Students will select a track from the four options below for the remaining twenty-four hours of coursework which relates to their academic or professional focus

 

Option 1: Corporate Communication Track

  • Eighteen hours from the following courses: CSS 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4306, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4336, 4380
  • Six Hours from courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

 

Option 2: Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

  • Eighteen hours from the following courses: CSS 2264, 2265, 3247, 3248, 3305, 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4380, 4394, 4395, 4396, 4397, BIC 1323, BIC 1413
  • Six hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track

 

Option 3: Generalist Track

  • Twelve hours from the courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track
  • Twelve hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track

 

Option 4: Honors Track

  • Nine hours from the following classes: CSS 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4303, 4311, 4313, 4314, 4336
  • Nine hours from the following classes: CSS 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4394, 4395, 4396
  • Engaged Communication Experience: Six hours from CSS 4304, 4312, 4380, 4V85
  • Requirements in other areas: Admission to the Honors Program and completion of upper-division Honors Program Requirements. See Honors Program Handbook or the Honors Program section of the catalog for specific requirements.
Special Note: For students wishing to double major in Communication Studies, Communication Specialist, and/or Film and Digital Media, the requirements for each major must be met independently. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing a double major within the department visit with the Chair of Department of Communication.
Communication Specialist Major

The Communication Specialist Major combines courses in speech and Film and Digital Media. This program of study blends a leadership/management/organizational communication focus with the development of expertise in digital media production. Like the speech major, it is appropriate for students with a wide array of career aspirations, but is most appropriate for those intending to take advantage of communication expertise in a corporate career track. The focus of the Communication Specialist major is to prepare students for professional communication positions in business and industry.

Thirty-six semester hours including the following required courses:

  • CSS 1301, 1302 or 1304
  • FDM 1304
  • FDM 2360 or 3361
  • FDM 3372 or 3373 or 3374
  • Twelve additional hours of any CSS courses
  • Six additional hours of any FDM electives
  • The remaining six semester hours may be taken with either division (CSS or FDM)
  • NOTE: At least fifteen of the total thirty-six semester hours must be at the "3000" or "4000" level

Special Note: For students wishing to double major in Communication Studies, Communication Specialist, and/or Film and Digital Media, the requirements for each major must be met independently. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing a double major with the department visit with the Chair of Department of Communication.