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Communication, Media, and Rhetoric B.A.

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. The mission of the Communication, Media, and Rhetoric (CMR) discipline is to provide an introduction to the breadth of scholarship in communication history, communication theory, and communication contexts. UMM students in the CMR major study the multidimensional nature of various types of communication processes, the activities of message production, and the analysis and evaluation of personal, public, and mass communication. Students develop skills for lifelong learning and refine capabilities for active involvement in a participatory democracy. Objectives--The curriculum is designed to ensure that: 1. Students develop a historical and theoretical understanding of the three areas of communication, media, and rhetoric. 2. Students use a variety of assigned theoretical approaches and research methods appropriate to communication, media, and rhetoric to describe and evaluate assigned or chosen discourse. 3. Students participate in a variety of assignments using informative and persuasive speaking techniques effectively. Program Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will be able to demonstrate historical and theoretical understandings of the three areas of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric. 2. Students will be able to apply a variety of theories and methodologies to describe and evaluate assigned or chosen discourse. 3. Students will be able to demonstrate the application of CMR theories and methodologies to everyday problems. 4. Students will be able to apply and understand accepted ethical standards to conducting research. 5. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced mastery in the use of both technological and other mediums for the construction and distribution of messages.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. Courses may not be taken S/N, unless offered S/N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
CMR 1101 - Introduction to Theories of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric [HUM] (4.0 cr)
CMR 3432 - Research Methods & Analysis (4.0 cr)
CMR 4900 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar I (1.0 cr)
CMR 4901 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar II (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 24 or more credits(s) from the following. At least 12 credits must be in courses 3xxx or above.
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take at most 12 credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 2062 - Interpersonal and Group Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2102 - Communication and the Environment: Analysis and Criticism [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· CMR 2311 - Media History and Society [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2321 - Digital Media Production [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2411 - Health Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2421 - Business and Professional Communication [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2xxx
· Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 3121 - Rhetorical Criticism and Cinema [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3123 - Rhetorical Criticism and Speeches that Changed the World [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3124 - Rhetoric of Comic Art: Analysis and Creation [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3311 - Social Uses of the Media [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3312 - Media Literacy (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3342 - Visual Journalism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3421 - Organizational Communication Theory and Research [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3433 - Communication, Power, and Identity [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3434 - Communication, Nature, and Belonging [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3xxx
· CMR 4123 - Rhetoric of Advertising [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4152 - Advanced Public Speaking [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4201 - Rhetoric and Persuasion: Receiver Analysis [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4341 - New Media Technologies [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· CMR 4xxx
 
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CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: CMR 1042/CMR 1052
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Public address theories, practices, and analysis.
CMR 1101 - Introduction to Theories of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A survey of the field of study. Students learn the history, theories, and contexts of communication study that prepare them for upper-division courses.
CMR 3432 - Research Methods & Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Elements/methods of communication research. Use of quantitative/qualitative research methodologies, basic research design, and data collection methods to inform decision making. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 4900 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Familiarizes students with the literature of the field, including ethical and social implications of communication studies. Students analyze various articles and similarly published works, synthesize contents, and construct a research proposal for a project to be completed as a senior capstone experience. prereq: 1042, 1062, 1101 or sr status with instr consent
CMR 4901 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Completion of capstone experience for majors. Students conduct a project of original study and present their findings in written and oral form. prereq: 4900, or sr status in the major, instr consent
CMR 2062 - Interpersonal and Group Communication (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Activities, assignments, and exercises related to interpersonal and group communication in private and public settings including dating, family, and work. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for CMR 1062]
CMR 2102 - Communication and the Environment: Analysis and Criticism (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Analyzes and critiques the communication of mediated information about the environment. Students examine what makes (and what has made) the environmental stories we tell about ourselves. Special emphasis on communicating about food and agriculture. Examine news stories about how and what we eat, advertising that helps us decide what food to buy, and labeling that informs us of what we are consuming. prereq: Engl 1601, soph or higher status or instr consent
CMR 2311 - Media History and Society (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines the historical and on-going development of the relationship of media, culture, and the public. Traces and explores the developments of various communication technologies, their impacts and consequences, and their relationships to notions of "the public."
CMR 2321 - Digital Media Production (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Basic theories and practice: equipment, procedures, and skills associated with planning, writing for, and producing mediated messages. Lectures, studio projects, class critiques.
CMR 2411 - Health Communication (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A survey of the critical role communication plays in health promotion, specifically in the area of doctor-patient interaction and health campaigns. Communicative issues include the social construction of health, the role of culture in health and healing, and social support.
CMR 2421 - Business and Professional Communication (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Developing proficiency in communication skills in business and professional contexts. Preparing, selecting, organizing, designing, and delivering messages in business situations. Analyzing meeting/group facilitation, interviewing, and professional presentations. prereq: 1042, 1062 or instr consent
CMR 3121 - Rhetorical Criticism and Cinema (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Investigation and analysis of film. Learn how films make meaning with their audiences. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3123 - Rhetorical Criticism and Speeches that Changed the World (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Human beings create and maintain their cultures through rhetoric, the art of being persuasive. This course explores the rhetorical nature of the speeches that have changed the world from Moses and Mohammed to Elie Wiesel and George W. Bush. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3124 - Rhetoric of Comic Art: Analysis and Creation (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Explores and analyzes the rhetorical, persuasive features of comic art. Examines the rhetorical construction of comic art in comic strips, comic books, and political cartoons by exploring the persuasive synergy created between picture and text. Students are required to both analyze and create comic art. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3311 - Social Uses of the Media (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Participation in the planning, production, and performance of media projects designed to serve various publics, such as campus units or the community.
CMR 3312 - Media Literacy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examining ways people decode media images and messages. Topics include principles of literacy, media content/industries, media and identity, and media effects. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3342 - Visual Journalism (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
This course may have a maximum of 12 students. (We are limited by the number of computer workstations and software licenses in the HFA Digital Media Studio.)
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Both a theoretical and a hands-on course that immerses students in all aspects of the visual side of journalism, as well as in design principles and techniques for the web and print.
CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3421 - Organizational Communication Theory and Research (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Study of organizational communication, including small group perspectives. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
CMR 3433 - Communication, Power, and Identity (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of the relationship between communication, culture, and social identities. The focus is negotiation of meaning and social identity in face-to-face interaction and intercultural contexts. Surveyed are theories and texts within intercultural communication, environmental communication, ethnic and racial identity, power in discourse. prereq: 1101
CMR 3434 - Communication, Nature, and Belonging (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explore how various cross cultural means of communication are active in and about our worlds and allow for better insights about communication, environment, people, and the ways they are related. Overview research that links communication and the ways knowledge and understanding of our environment are situated in local historical contexts. prereq: 1101
CMR 4123 - Rhetoric of Advertising (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of the rhetorical dimensions of advertising by examining current theory and practice. Students are asked to both analyze and create print advertising campaigns. prereq: 1101
CMR 4152 - Advanced Public Speaking (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A study of rhetorical argument design and evaluation. Students analyze and critique arguments, as well as plan and present formal speeches. prereq: 1042 or instr consent
CMR 4201 - Rhetoric and Persuasion: Receiver Analysis (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Investigation of persuasion theory and research from rhetorical and social science perspectives. Students analyze particular instances of persuasive attempts. prereq 1101 or instr consent
CMR 4341 - New Media Technologies (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of the impact of "new media" on current/future cultures; the structure/processes of media and global society in a comparative context; ways new media change how people communicate, distribute, and process information. prereq: 1101 or instr consent