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.
In addition to the course work below, students must complete all of the department's general degree requirements.
All Communication Studies majors must elect the following core courses:
|COM 1010||Oral Communication: Basic Speech||3|
|COM 2000||Introduction to Communication Studies||3|
|COM 2110||Argumentation and Debate||3|
|COM 3400||Theories of Communication||3|
|COM 4190||Rhetorical Criticism||3|
|or COM 4210||Research Methods in Communication|
|COM 5900||Senior Project in Communication Studies||3|
|Select at least six credits from the following 2000/3000-level courses:||6|
|Campaigns and Social Movements|
|Fundamentals of Public Relations|
|Introduction to Organizational Communication|
|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|
|Popular and Celebrity Culture|
|Communication and Conflict|
|Select at least six elective credits from the following 5000-level courses:||6|
|Culture, Communication, and Media|
|Communication and Social Marketing|
|Special Topics in Communication Studies|
|Rhetoric of Visual Culture|
|Gender and Communication|
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.
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 42XX honors seminar offered through the Honors College, 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.
Departmental AGRADE Program
The AGRADE program enables highly qualified seniors majoring in Communication Studies or Public Relations to enroll simultaneously in undergraduate and graduate programs and to apply a maximum of 12 credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The program encourages such students to continue to graduate school at Wayne State by reducing the time to the master's degree. Only AGRADE-approved courses in which the student has earned a B or higher will transfer to the graduate transcript. Once in the master's program, students may be required to repeat an AGRADE course in which they earn less than a B grade.
Eligibility: AGRADE applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in their major, as determined by the major department and reflected in a GPA in the major of at least 3.6 at the time of application.
Application: A student seeking AGRADE status should present to the Department of Communication Graduate Committee all of the materials which that department requires for normal admission to the M.A. program with a concentration in Communication Studies. Specific departmental admission requirements can be found in this bulletin or obtained from the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959).
The earliest date by which a student may apply for the AGRADE program is during the semester in which he/she completes 90 credits toward the undergraduate degree.
AGRADE Credits: Students may elect a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve AGRADE credits. These credits will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. Upon formal admission to a master’s program, AGRADE credits are transferred as if they were graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the conventional manner following formal admission to the graduate program. Formal admission to the graduate program occurs as AGRADE students complete their baccalaureate degree.
Students admitted into an AGRADE program will develop a Plan of Work for the master's program, specifying the courses that will be taken in the AGRADE status as well as the courses required for the balance of the undergraduate degree. Note that COM 7000 must be taken in the first semester of AGRADE coursework . The remaining AGRADE courses must be approved by both the student's undergraduate program advisor and the graduate director of the master's program. In courses permitting both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll, AGRADE students will be held to the graduate standard.
For more details about the AGRADE program, contact the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communication (313-577-2959)