The Communication Major is designed to help you develop competencies you need for a career in mass communication and/or organizational communication. The curriculum for the Communication Major features those concentrations within the broad discipline of communication that are most commonly pursued by undergraduates in the U.S. higher education system. To accommodate the broadest set of communication competencies, our curriculum is organized into two tracks, or concentrations.
As a Communication Major, you will be required to complete a suite of core courses and then to complement those courses with a series of advanced courses. The core courses are designed to help you better understand common communication theories, principles, and practices. The advanced courses will allow you to investigate subjects that will assist you in achieving your career goals.
The Communication Studies track combines approaches from the social sciences and humanities to focus on communication at intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, team, and organizational levels. This track will introduce you to the theories, rhetoric, symbolism, media, and effects of human communication. To complete the Communication Studies track, you will complete the core courses (COMM001, COMM101, COMM102, COMM201, and COMM202) and the 6 courses listed beneath the Advanced Coursework section of the Communication Studies track.
The Mass Communication track emphasizes the technology and techniques through which significant numbers of people are exposed to messages created by professional and quasi-professional communicators. To complete the Mass Communication track, you will complete the core courses (COMM002, COMM103, COMM104, COMM203, and COMM204) and the 6 courses listed beneath the Advanced Coursework section of the Mass Communication track.
Since communication is a critical component of successful business operations, you will see that a number of Business Administration courses are included in the electives to this major. This curriculum mirrors the content of a number of curricula from accredited communication programs in the United States.
You will be required to take 11 courses (5 core courses and 6 advanced coursework courses) to complete this major.
NOTE: At present, we do not yet have enough courses available or in development to make Communication a full area of study. We will in the future offer additional courses such that you may elect to become a “Communication Major.”