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2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies Minor

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Denise Bostdorff, Chair
Ahmet Atay
Michelle Johnson
Rohini Singh

Communication is the study of the innate human ability to use symbols and create meaning. The Department of Communication contains within it two tracks: Communication Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Communication Studies

Research and instruction in Communication Studies focus on the study of how messages in various media (spoken, written, printed, photographic, electronic, digital) are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures. Communication Studies focuses on how people arrive at shared meanings through an interchange of messages or, in other words, the symbolic processes through which meanings and social realities are created and performed. The origin of Communication Studies goes back to the ancient Greeks and, in its infancy, the discipline emphasized public speaking alone. Today the discipline studies symbolic processes - whether oral, written, nonverbal, or mediated/visual - in a variety of contexts: interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, public address, intercultural communication, media, digital communication, and globalization. The department encourages students to engage in the complex relations between communication and culture. Majors in the track of Communication Studies learn how to be more effective communicators and how to be critical analysts of communication, thereby preparing them for life as enlightened citizens and professionals in a variety of career paths in business, politics, media, education, law, healthcare, religion, and the nonprofit sector.

Minor in Communication Studies

Consists of six courses.  No more than 2 courses (including 11100) at the 100-level may be taken to fulfill the minimum requirements of the minor:

Special Notes

  • Majors in the Communication Studies track must complete the first of their two methods courses (COMM 35100 COMM 35200 COMM 35300  or GMDS 30000) no later than the spring of their junior year. Majors should also complete the theory course (COMM 31100 ) prior to the first semester of Senior Independent Study (COMM 45100 ); normally, this will entail registration in COMM 31100  in the fall of the junior year.
  • In addition to demonstrating proficiency in research and writing through Independent Study, a major in the Communication Studies track must demonstrate proficiency in public speaking, as certified by all faculty members in the Department of Communication, based upon the student’s oral presentation of their Senior Independent Study proposal. These public presentations will typically be scheduled for the early spring semester, and students will be provided with specific guidelines to follow. The faculty also encourages majors to seek the help of their advisers in preparing their presentations.
  • No more than two Communication Studies and/or Communication Sciences and Disorders courses can be applied toward the general education requirements.
  • No courses may be taken for the major on a S/NC basis.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

Cross-listed Courses Accepted for Communication Studies Credit

Africana Studies

AFST 24200. Martin, Malcolm & Mandela [C, HSS, AH, D, SJ]

AFST 24600.  Africana Popular Culture [AH, C, D]


ENGL 29901.  Serials and Social Justice/ Digital Age [AH, C]


HIST 20101.  History of the News [HSS, W]

Political Science

PSCI 21200.  Presidential Leadership in Am Politics [HSS]

PSCI 21501.  Topics in Constitutional Law andAppellate Advocacy [W]

PSCI 21900.  Voice of the People, Opn & Voting [HSS, QL]


PSYC 11000. Child & Adolescent Development [HSS]

PSYC 21200.  Abnormal Psychology [HSS]

PSYC 21500.  Psychology of Women & Gender [HSS]

PSYC 22000.  Stereotypes & Prejudice [C, HSS, D]

PSYC 23000.  Human Neuropsychology [HSS]

PSYC 32200.  Memory & Cognition [W]

PSYC 32200L. Memory & Cognition Lab

PSYC 33500.  Perception and Action [W]

PSYC 33500L. Perception & Action Lab

Sociology and Anthropology

SOCI 20900.  Inequality in America [HSS]



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