Communication Majors

There are two majors offered by the Department of Communication:


Communication Major

Students major in communication as preparation for careers in business, law, teaching, and the ministry, among others. Communication is the only way to exercise leadership, and oral communication is our main method for communicating with one another.  Thus, the communication major proves useful to students with a wide array of career aspirations.

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-seven hours of coursework which relates to their academic or professional focus

 

Option 1: Corporate Communication Track

  • Twenty-one hours from the following courses: CSS 1305*, 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4305, 4306, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4336, 4380
  • Six Hours from courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

 

Option 2: Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

  • Twenty-one hours from the following courses: CSS 2264, 2265, 3247, 3248, 3305, 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4350, 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 1305*, 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4303, 4304, 4305, 4311, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4336
  • Twelve hours from the following classes: CSS 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4350, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4394, 4395, 4396
  • Engaged Communication Experience: Six additional hours from CSS 4304, 4312, 4380, 4V85
  • Requirements in other areas: Admission to the Honors Program and completion of upper-division Honors Program Requirements including HON 4088 (Honors Exit Review); see Honors Program Handbook or the Honors Program section of the catalog for specific requirements.

* NOTE:  CSS 1305 is a New Student Experience course, taught in Fall semester only, and is strongly recommended for all incoming, first-time freshmen only.

Special Note: For students wishing to double major in Communication, 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 visit with the Chair of each department.


Communication Specialist Major

The communication specialist major combines courses in communication 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 communication 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.

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, 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 visit with the Chair of each department.