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Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Develop essential communication skills necessary for success in our society. Central to the communication discipline is the understanding and application of theory required for effective oral and written discourse. Your Communication Arts degree provides a firm foundation to further your career that requires strong communication skills.

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Courses in the major include:

This course will help the student develop and apply the skills necessary to design and deliver an effective and well-organized speech. The course provides instruction in the preparation and delivery of various speech types while developing competencies in the areas of critical thinking, organization of thought, creativity, planning, and public speaking.
This course introduces augmentation as a model of critical thinking. Arguments are analyzed and critiqued to develop skills in reasoning, using evidence, finding fallacious reasoning, and developing counterarguments and rebuttals.
This course provides a wide range of communication theories with a special emphasis on direct application through the introduction of models/concepts designed to improve communication skills in a variety of contexts and communication environments. Competencies in the areas of relationship development, listening, socialization, cognitive processing, and dealing with conflict are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course explores the profound influences of digital communications on our professional and personal lives. Emphasis is placed on how communication technologies have developed, grown, and converged as well as an overview of wide-ranging disruptions caused by emerging devices, methods, channels, and platforms.
This course requires students to reflect on and synthesize the knowledge and skills they have developed in Communication Studies courses. Emphasis is given to the nature and significance of Communication Studies as an academic discipline, the role of communication in civic life, and preparation for careers in communication. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Communication Studies core (CA 109, CA 208, CA 309, CA 351) and senior standing.

Major with emphasis in Mass Media (36 credit hours):

  • CA 203 Understanding Mass Media
  • CA 228 Writing for Media
  • CA 310 Communication and Popular Culture
Major with emphasis in Organizational and Strategic Communication (36 credit hours):
  • CA 305 Conflict and Communication
  • CA 308 Business Communication
  • CA 323 Public Relations
  • CA 325 Organizational Communication
Select seven additional Communication Arts courses or Course Clusters (21 credit hours) to complete the major requirements. At least 12 of these hours must be upper-level.

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