Communication Studies (B.A.)

A major in Communication Studies offers students an opportunity to develop excellent communication skills and a thorough knowledge of the process of human communication. Communication studies majors take a variety of courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, group communication and communication theory.

Employers in business, government, and education identify excellent communication skills as the most important quality they desire in hiring employees. Communication studies majors find careers in many different fields including business, government, education, law and religion.

 

The degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication studies is offered in two concentrations - Communication Studies, and Communication Studies Education. In addition to the course work below, students must complete all of the department's general degree requirements.

Communication Studies

All majors in this concentration must elect the following core courses:

COM 1010(OC) Oral Communication: Basic Speech3
COM 2000Introduction to Communication Studies3
COM 2110(CT) Argumentation and Debate3
COM 3400(WI) Theories of Communication3
COM 4190Rhetorical Criticism3
or COM 4210 Research Methods in Communication
COM 5900Senior Project in Communication Studies3
Select at least six credits from the following 2000/3000-level courses:6
(PL) Campaigns and Social Movements
Persuasive Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Public Relations
Introduction to Organizational Communication
(WI) Business and Professional Presentations
Select at least six elective credits from the following 4000-level courses:6
Rhetoric and the Body
Studies of Legal Argument
Communication Ethics
Popular and Celebrity Culture
Communication and Conflict
Nonverbal Communication
Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Leadership Communication
Select at least six elective credits from the following 5000-level courses:6
Public Address
Communication and Social Marketing
Senior Seminar in Communication
Health Communication
Rhetoric of Visual Culture
Gender and Communication
Total Credits36
COM 5900 is the senior assessment capstone course and should be taken in the last twenty-one credits of the student's program.

Communication Studies Education

All majors in this concentration must elect the following courses:

Core Courses
COM 1010(OC) Oral Communication: Basic Speech3
COM 2110(CT) Argumentation and Debate3
COM 2170Persuasive Speaking3
COM 2200Interpersonal Communication3
COM 3250Introduction to Organizational Communication3
COM 3400(WI) Theories of Communication3
COM 4270Group Communication 3
COM 4300Intercultural Communication3
COM 5900Senior Project in Communication Studies3
COM 6060Teaching Communication at the Secondary Level3
COM 6070Directing Forensics3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production
(PL) Campaigns and Social Movements
Nonverbal Communication
Family Communication
Gender and Communication
Total Credits36

COM 5900 is the senior assessment capstone course and should be taken in the last twenty-one credits of the student's program.

A strong minor (18-24 credits) in the Department of English is recommended. Consult an advisor in the College of Education regarding requirements for the Michigan Teaching Certificate.

Departmental Honors Program

The Communication Department Honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to  work closely with department faculty members. Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.

Departmental Honors Requirements

In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major at the 2000 level or above, taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one 4000-level seminar offered through the Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Program, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (COM 4996) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.