Major and Minor Requirements

Declaration of Major or Minor

Most students declare a major in the spring of their sophomore year and should earn at least fifty-five hours prior to the following fall term.

  • Students will be notified via email by the Department how and when to sign up for the major and advising The Department orientation meeting is required for new majors to become acquainted with the Department’s procedures and programs.
  • Students declaring a major after the two week spring declaration and advising period should secure a declaration of major form by downloading it from the University’s web site or picking it up from the Registrar’s office. Complete and submit to the Department Administrative Coordinator.
  • Students who plan to double major MUST indicate to the Registrar which major is the FIRST major.
  • Communication minors are not required to attend the spring orientation, but attendance is recommended.

Communication Major

    • 30 hours, at least 12 of which must be at the 300-level
    • Students should begin their study of Communication with these required courses for the major:
      • COM 110 Public Speaking OR COM 102 Debate and Advocacy
      • COM 220 Empirical Research in Communication
      • COM 225 Historical/Critical Research in Communication

Overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all communication courses attempted is required for graduation.

Communication majors who want to declare a concentration must successfully complete
five courses within one of the following areas:

Students may also opt to choose courses across the concentration as a general
communication major.
Students declaring a concentration must do so prior to the beginning of their final
Students may declare two concentrations within the department. The major course
requirements remain in effect for those students, and they must take a minimum of
eighteen hours at the 300-level. Students may not count courses used to meet the
required five courses within a particular concentration to fulfill requirements for a second
A list of courses approved to fulfill the concentrations is maintained by the
Communication Department.

No student may take more than a total of six hours in COM 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, and
285 combined and only three hours may count toward a major in communication.

Communication Minor

    • Requires eighteen hours, must complete a minimum of 6 hours, 300-level

      • COM 110 OR COM 102
      • COM 220 OR COM 225

Overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all communication courses
attempted is required for graduation.

Minor in Marketing Communication
(Beginning Fall 2022)

A minor in Marketing Communication requires 18 hours, of which up to 9 credit hours
may be double counted between the COM Major and the MarCom Minor. All minors are
required to take the following:

Either COM 102: Debate and Advocacy or COM 110:Public Speaking
And COM 162: Introduction to Marketing Communication

In addition, students wishing to minor in Marketing Communication will take an
additional 12 hours from the following list of which 6 hours must be at 300 level:

COM 240 Communication in Entrepreneurial Settings (3h) This course examines the
contemporary workplace, including startup organizations, freelance work, and gig work.
We examine how communication underpins organizational culture, teamwork,
mentoring and networking, diversity programming, and more. Reading and discussion
are balanced with opportunities to engage and apply tools for workplace success.

COM 262 Writing for PR and Advertising (3h) (P162) Principles and techniques of
public relations and applied advertising. Students use case studies to develop public
relations and advertising strategies. Also listed as JOU 350. (D)

COM 270 Special Topics: Integrated Communication: Digital & Social Media Marketing (3h)

COM 280 Communication Internship (3h/1.5h) (only if MarCom related) Individual
communication internships to be approved, supervised, and evaluated by an
appropriate faculty adviser. Pass/Fail only. P-POI.

COM 309 Visual Storytelling (3h) The course overviews digital media as well as
studying the meaning of how visual images are used in our society. The course is
designed to look at the changing landscape of visual storytelling.

COM 315 Communication and Technology (3h) An exploration of how communication
technologies influence the social, political, and organizational practices of everyday life.

COM 334: Narrative Approaches to Entrepreneurship (3h) This course uses narrative
theory to examine how myths, stories, and other tropes form the basis on which we
understand entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Attention is given to diverse and
alternative stories and practices. Students will collect and analyze entrepreneur narratives.

COM 336 Organizational Rhetoric (3h) Explores the persuasive nature of
organizational messages–dealing with risk, reputation, image, legitimacy and strategic
communication–including those exchanged between organizational members and those
presented in behalf of the organization as a whole.

COM 346 Sports, Media and Communication (3h) Examines the role of sport in society,
cultural, and institutional practice. Surveys the value represented by interpersonal and
mediated messages regarding key dimensions of sport including competition, ethics,
gender, and race.

COM 353 Persuasion (3h) An examination of theories and research concerning the
process of social influence in contemporary society.

COM 354 International Communication (3h) An in-depth look at the role of mass media
in shaping communication between and about cultures using examples from traditional
and emerging media systems. (CD)

COM 357 Health Communication and Bioethics (3h) Examination of the principles
behind designing, implementing, and evaluation a health campaign, including message
design and application of media theories for behavior change.

COM 362 Advanced Campaign Development (3h) Creation of fully integrated
communication campaigns for major brands, from uncovering target audience insights
to articulating brand strategy and key messaging, through development of the big
campaign idea and activation plans for the market. Culminates with team presentation
pitches to their “client” and is designed for Communication majors who have
demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in marketing communication. P-COM 262 or
JOU 350.

COM 363 Communication and Consumer Behavior (3h) Focuses on understanding the
psychology of consumer purchasing behavior and how marketing communications can
influence that. Examines consumer motivations, influences, decision-making processes,
and behaviors as they relate to the development of a marketing communications
strategy. P-COM 162.

COM 370 Special Topics: Social Media and Marketing (3h)

Students may count ONE of the following Journalism courses towards their
requirements for the Marketing Communication Minor:

JOU 270 Introduction to Journalism (3h) Fundamentals of news reporting, news writing,
and news judgment. Digital skills introduced and practiced. Intensive in-class writing.

JOU 278 News Literacy (3h) Exploring the difference between news and propaganda,
news and opinion, bias and fairness, citizen reporting and professional journalism with a
goal of training more discriminating and thoughtful producers and consumers of news.
Included: historical context of the news industry.

JOU 330 Podcasting (3h) Introduction to audio storytelling. As the world of podcasting
and nonfiction audio grows rapidly, students will learn the building blocks and best
practices of audio journalism, including sound editing, and interviewing, and story, and
will discuss what journalism means in these changing times.

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