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2014-2015 Catalogue 
    
2014-2015 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication


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Communication is fundamentally about message-sending and meaning-making. Students, therefore, will seek to understand the way in which both verbal and nonverbal symbols are used to shape the world. At its essence, the study of communication is anchored in language use and study; it is highly compatible with the literary emphases of the Department of English. While the field embraces technical and social science dimensions, its content is philosophically rooted in the humanities. While some courses attend to the communication process, most focus on other dimensions of human activity and endeavor. A major would provide a comprehensive, grounded program for consistent study and research. Communication study, by its nature, is interdisciplinary and will enhance student ability to relate concepts and principles they encounter as they pursue the core curriculum and any electives they select.

Major requirements include:


Course Requirements:


Students in the Communication major must take a minimum of 10 courses, as specified below.

Foundational Courses


Students must complete the courses listed below.

Oral Communication Requirement


Students must complete one of the following classes related to oral communication.

Written Communication Requirement


Students must complete one of the following classes related to written communication.

Visual Communication Requirement


Students must complete one of the following classes related to visual communication.

Special Topics Classes:


  • EN 333 - Medieval Literature
  • EN 334 - Sixteenth Century
  • EN 335 - Seventeenth Century
  • EN 336 - Eighteenth Century
  • EN 337 - Romantic Period
  • EN 338 - Victorian Period
  • EN 339 - Twentieth Century
  • EN 340 - Postmodern British Literature
  • EN 341 - Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • EN 342 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • EN 370 - Irish Literature
  • EN 373 - Literary Genres

Theory Requirement


Students must complete one of the following classes related to the theories of communication.

Elective Requirement


Students must complete four of the courses listed below. No more than 2 from any single department recommended, though students may petition the Coordinator of the Communication program to allow electives not listed below or to exceed the 2 course maximum from a single department.

Capstone Requirement


As a requirement for graduation, Communication majors must write and defend a senior thesis (done within the Senior Seminar course) and take a written comprehensive examination which tests aspects related to oral, written, verbal and visual communication, as well as communication theory. Students must successfully complete the Communication Senior Seminar.

Course Sequence Outline


Recommended Course Sequence for Communication majors:

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Fall


  • Core
  • Core/Elective
  • Oral or Written Requirement
  • Visual or Textual Requirement

Spring


  • Core
  • Core/Elective
  • Oral or Written Requirement
  • Visual or Textual Requirement

Junior Year


Fall


  • Core
  • Core/Elective
  • Theory Requirement/Major
  • Elective/Major Elective

Spring


  • Core
  • Core/Elective
  • Theory Requirement/Major Elective
  • Elective/Major Elective

Senior Year


Fall


Spring


  • Core/Elective
  • Core/Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

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