The Communication Studies degree prepares students in the four areas most in demand by all employers;
The following courses are examples of how each of these outcomes are met.
Introduction to Communication Technology: Students are introduced to the use of communication technology. This course is an introduction to multimedia composing, including images, video, audio, interactive media, social media, and the theories that help students to understand how these genres and modes operate.
Communication Technology in Use: Students learn about advanced use of communication technology. The use of communication technology to achieve specific communication goals is emphasized. The major course project involves using multiple communication technologies to reach specific audiences.
Skilled Relationship Builders
Interpersonal Communication: Students learn about interpersonal communication theory and practice, including how to communicate in a variety of relationships. Students apply course concepts to analyze and practice dyadic communication to develop more effective and satisfying work and personal relationships.
Small Group and Team Communication: Students learn about how to communicate effectively in small groups, including observing and analyzing their own communication style in relation to others, understanding their own and others’ impact in groups, and learning about the dynamic properties of group behaviors. Students learn to work as part of a team.
Adaptive Speakers and Writers
Argumentation: Students examine argumentation as part of human interaction and inquiry. They learn to argue to gain adherence as a way of reasoning. Students receive advanced practice in public speaking, debate, ethics, and critical thinking.
Journalism: Students produce the weekly student newspaper, The Edge, and learn about journalistic writing, design, layout, and production. Students also write proposals, memos, business correspondence, and recommendation reports.
Managers of Difference
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: Students learn about theories and strategies for conflict resolution and negotiation across contexts. Specifically, the topics of destructive conflict cycles, ways to confront/manage conflict, the social/psychological aspects of conflict, conflict analysis, the causes of conflict, and ways to promote constructive conflict are addressed.
Gender and Communication: Students learn about the basic theories and concepts involved in culturally-derived gendered communication patterns and behaviors. Students will build understanding and skills to analyze those patterns and behaviors in order to develop and practice effective communication strategies with various others.