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Communication Minor

Liberal Arts and Education
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 19
The communication minor complements all UMC degree programs by preparing students to be effective communicators in any profession. The minor emphasizes communication theory and practice, as well as the creation, development, presentation, and evaluation of coherent messages. The minor provides students with the flexibility to select courses that enhance their professional career preparations. Program outcomes: students will * demonstrate proficiencies in applying theory, listening, reading, speaking, and writing in the profession * demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, including analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating applied communication * demonstrate proficiencies in interpersonal and group processes, conflict management, collaboration, team building, and leadership * demonstrate understanding of the ethical behavior practiced in the profession * demonstrate awareness and sensitivity required for communicating in culturally diverse groups
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Communication Requirements
Required courses - 12 credits
COMM 3000 - Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
COMM 3001 - Human Relationships and Leadership [HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking (3.0 cr)
Electives
Required courses - 6 credits
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2334 - Communication Topics (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· TH 2434 - Oral Interpretation and Performance Techniques [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3431 - Persuasion (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3537 - Visual Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3610 - Corporate Training (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3710 - Event Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3804 - Individual Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· COMM 3855 - Topics in Communication (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3856 - Editing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3857 - Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3900 - Internship (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4007 - Political Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4703 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4704 - Organizational Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4800 - Crisis Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4850 - Report Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4900 - Public Relations (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3001 - Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Communication Minor (Online)
The Communication Minor complements all UMC degree programs by preparing students to be effective communicators in any profession. The minor emphasizes communication theory and practice as well as the creation, development, presentation, and evaluation of coherent messages.
The Communication Minor Online has the same curriculum as the on-campus Communication Minor with the exception of a one-credit technology requirement.
Technology Requirement
Required course - 1 credit
GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning (1.0 cr)
 
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COMM 3000 - Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identifying, defining, synthesizing, applying, and critiquing communication theories. Focuses on relationship between theory/practice within interpersonal, group, organizational, and social settings. prereq: COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
COMM 3001 - Human Relationships and Leadership (HUMAN DIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anti-relational/relational communication, interpersonal/group processes, conflict management, collaboration, team building, and leadership.
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Comp 1011, 1013
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011, 1013
COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Developing proficiency in communication/presentation skills in business contexts. Preparing, selecting, organizing, designing, and delivering oral messages in business situations. Meeting/group facilitation, interviewing, and professional presentations. prereq: COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts/skills of communication used in social/career contexts. Perception, listening, verbal/nonverbal, climate, conflict.
WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: COMP 1011
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Grammar, grammatical concepts. Processes/structural rules that describe how words combine with each other to form sentences. Practice in sentence diagramming. prereq: COMP 1011
COMM 2334 - Communication Topics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Applying writing process to professional communication situations. Dissemination products containing text/visuals meeting professional community standards. prereq: COMP 1013
WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: COMP 1011
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of creative writing. Basic literary/writing-craft concepts/terminology. Literary works. Practice writing, critiquing prose/poetry. prereq: COMP 1011
TH 2434 - Oral Interpretation and Performance Techniques (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Analyzing prose, poetry, drama. Preparing material for presentation. Giving stimulating oral readings. Critical appreciation of literature. Use of voice/gesture. Critiquing performances.
COMM 3008 - Business Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of writing effective business letters, memos, e-mails, faxes. Tables, other graphics. Informal/formal informational/analytical reports. Professional oral/Web presentations. Development of personal writing style. Practice of appropriate business tone, etiquette. prereq: Comp 1013, Spch 1101
COMM 3431 - Persuasion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Persuasion in interpersonal, organizational, intra-/inter-cultural relationships. Contemporary persuasion with historical segments. Argumentative claims, how to analyze/respond coherently to them. prereq: SPCH 1101
COMM 3537 - Visual Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Visual delivery of end-products in professional communication. Classical/contemporary theories of visual delivery. Designing visual delivery to reflect personal philosophy of communication. Integrating visual delivery system with text to meet professional/client standards. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 3610 - Corporate Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Using training models to create leader led, self study, and on-the-job instructor/participant training materials. Creating job aids. Implementing/evaluating training courses.
COMM 3710 - Event Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Using project management techniques to plan, market, implement, and evaluate small-/large-scale events.
COMM 3804 - Individual Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: Jr or instructor consent
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topic related to student's major, not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Jr or instructor consent
COMM 3855 - Topics in Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Current trends/practices in communication. Editing, training, event planning, political communication. prereq: Jr
WRIT 3856 - Editing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Copy editing for accuracy, completeness, consistency, correctness. Comprehensive editing. Symbols of markup. Electronic editing. Style sheets/manuals. Proofreading. Editing visuals. Team editing tools. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 3857 - Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Creating complex documents such as policies/procedures, manuals, instructions for clients. Team writing. Working with subject matter experts/technical topics. Usability testing/revision. Managing complex writing projects. Creating multiple documents as part of series. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 3900 - Internship
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience at selected sites. Reports/consultation with faculty adviser/employer. prereq: 12 cr of COMM courses
COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of theory/techniques in news/promotional writing. Use of social media. Creating/implementing integrated media plan.
COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interrelationship of cultures/co-cultures. Interpreting diverse communication through literature, popular culture, and academic sources. Cultural values, world views, philosophies, patterns, meanings. Communication strategies across cultures. prereq: 3001
COMM 4007 - Political Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Theory of political ideology. Organizational politics/influences. Campaigns. Social movements. prereq: POL 1001 recommended
COMM 4704 - Organizational Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using communication processes to create/maintain organizations (e.g., meetings, employee assimilation, interpersonal relationships, decision making, leadership). Recognizing/identifying communication issues in organizations and applying organizational communication concepts, models, tools, and theories to resolve them. prereq: 3000, COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
COMM 4800 - Crisis Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Organizational crises, disasters, emergency situations. Existing academic literature, everyday media literature. Focuses on appropriate communication strategies, written composition, and delivery of speeches. prereq: COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Applying project management principles to manage publication from concept to final product. Design principles, desktop publishing software, audience analysis, usability testing, production. Using table presentations to communicate process, final product to clients/guests. prereq: Comp 1013, Spch 1101
COMM 4850 - Report Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Analyzing documents and conducting interviews to develop reports for assessment and other purposes. prereq: 3303
COMM 4900 - Public Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Overview of theory, practice, roles, and techniques in public relations within organizations. Writing news releases. Conducting news conferences, planning/implementing events. Responding to challenging questions from audience members. Conducting public relations audit of organization. prereq: COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
SOC 3001 - Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental concepts/methods involved in conducting social/behavioral science research. Design a research project, collect relevant data, conduct data analysis and report/present research findings.
GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to UMC policies, e-mail, virtual private network, online library resources, writing scholarly reports, APA referencing, netiquette, networking in online environment, group work in online environment.