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Minor inCommunication Studies

Minoring in Communication Studies involves exploring the ways humans
create and negotiate meaning through the exchange of messages. How can
cultural differences impact communication? What are the challenges of
new and rapidly changing media? How can group communication be
facilitated? You’ll develop skills in public speaking, digital media
production, research, situation analysis, communication ethics,
intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, interviewing
and seeing multiple perspectives as you take 24 credit hours toward a
communication studies minor.

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Communication Studies Curriculum Overview

Develop skills in public speaking, digital media production, research, situation analysis, communication ethics, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, interviewing and seeing multiple perspectives as you take 24 credit hours toward a
communication studies minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisite from General Education:
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 103 3D Design 3
COM - 309 Intercultural Communication 4

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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Students explore the principles and processes of communication between cultures. Course topics include intercultural communication models, the impact of different cultural patterns on the communication process, the anthropological concept world view and its impact on intercultural communication, detection of communication problems in intercultural situations, gender and diversity issues in intercultural communication, and constructing valid strategies for communicating interculturally. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

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Required ( 24 Credits )
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 205 Small Group Communication 4
COM - 222 Mass Communication 4
COM - 325 Social Media & Public Relation 4
COM - 212 Public Speaking 4
COM - 403 Family Communication 4
COM - 478 Organizational Communication 4

Students study and practice communication in small discussion and task groups. Topics include leadership and facilitation of groups as well as group dynamics. Group activities include problem solving discussions and task completion. Course units include goal setting, cohesion and norms, power, leadership, decision-making and problem solving, conflict and facilitating task and interpersonal relations in face-to-face and virtual groups. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

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Students study and learn to critically appraise various media by exploring the weaknesses and strengths of each. The content of the course includes history of the traditional mass media as well as an exploration of contemporary social media, advertising, public relations, media law and regulation, media ethics, and social responsibility. Video projects develop basic skills of digital image gathering, editing, and distribution. (Prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)

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Students develop an understanding of the theory and strategic management of social media especially in the public relations context. By analyzing history, tactics and current trends, students learn how the public relations process and the goal of relationship building with various stakeholders is impacted by various social media applications. Students also become acquainted with social media tactics in various professional settings. (Required prerequisite: COM103 or COM212)(Suggested prerequisite: COM222)

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Students prepare and deliver various types of public performances including speeches and oral interpretation. The evaluation and criticism of speeches is studied. Videotape helps students adjust to their performance style and improve presentation delivery. Course units include speech construction, presentation and delivery, audience and text analysis, informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches as well as visual aid construction. (COM212 is one of the two choices for the communication general education requirement for all students. It is also a prerequisite for all communication majors.)

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Students examine communication patterns in functional families and interpersonal relationships. Reading and discussion are combined with experiential activities. Course units include diverse family systems, health communication, communicating with aging family members and those with disabilities, communication patterns, family roles, power, decision-making, conflict, stress and coping, ecology, and improving family communication. (Prerequisites: (COM103 or COM212) and COM205)

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Students examine theories of communication systems, processes and assumptions in organization structures. Topics include roles, relationships and responsibilities of individuals within organizations as well as skills in and applications of organizational communication, including communication audits. Interviewing skills in the various demands of organizations will be examined and practiced. Values and ethical communication behaviors are explored through a variety of activities including case studies and self-assessments. Exploration of crisis communication strategies and their effectiveness in organizational image restoration are examined. (Prerequisites: COM103, COM212 and COM205)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Alan Winegarden Department of Communication Studies Chairperson, Professor of Communication Studies
Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries Ph. D. Professor of Communications Studies

Career Potential

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital Media
  • Event Planning
  • Human Relations
  • Management
  • News Writing
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Sales

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