Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue


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. The Communication major provides 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 the following:

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.

Textual Analysis Requirement

Students must complete one literature course offered by the English Department at the 200 level or above.

Theory Requirement

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

Elective Requirement

Students must complete two of the courses listed below or as approved by the Communication Program Coordinator:

Capstone Requirement

As a requirement for graduation, each Communication major 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.

Recommended Course Sequence for Communication Majors:

Communication majors should take CM110 or CM115 in the fall semester of their freshman year or as soon as they have declared Communication as their major. Students should then take both their oral and written communication courses during the second year of their major. Visual and theory requirements will typically be taken in the third year of the major. The sequence in which students take major courses and fulfill core requirements may vary depending upon the various choices a student makes (i.e. minor(s), a second major, study abroad, internships). Students should work closely with their academic advisors in planning their course schedules and longer range plans.

Double Major in Communication and English

Students may elect to double-major in English and Communication. In completing the requirements for each the two majors, students are permitted to count two of their courses as fulfilling requirements for both majors. Students completing the double major must enroll in each major’s senior seminar and will typically complete two separate thesis projects. A single, interdisciplinary thesis to count for both majors is possible with the approval of the Department Chair and the respective seminar leaders. All double majors must pass the comprehensive exam in each major.