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Communication Studies B.A.

Communication Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 34
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This program examines human communication using humanistic and social scientific methods. Fields of study include speech writing, rhetorical criticism, ethics, interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and electronic (broadcasting, cable, satellite, internet) forms of communication. Students are strongly encouraged to declare their major during the first or second year. Students intending to declare a communication studies major must first meet with an a communication studies advisor in 274 Ford Hall.
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 in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 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.
Students may earn a bachelor of arts or a minor in communication studies, but not both. CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. All CLA BA degrees require 18 upper division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Communication Studies BA is COMM. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the first year experience course sequence.
Introductory Courses
Take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits.
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument [WI] (3.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (3.0 cr)
Performative Electives
Required Performance Elective
Note: in order for COMM 3990 to count as a performative elective, it must be taken for at least 3 credits.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3990 - Research Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
Upper Division Elective
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 4xxx
· COMM 5xxx
Additional Communications Studies Electives
In addition to the above requirements and the senior project, take as many COMM 1xxx-5xxx credits as needed to reach the 34-credit graduation requirement.
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 1xxx
· COMM 3xxx
· COMM 4xxx
· COMM 5xxx
Senior Project
The senior project is fulfilled by completing a senior paper. The senior paper can be written in any COMM 4xxx or 5xxx course. COMM 3995W, an S-N only, senior paper course, must be taken during the same semester in which the senior paper is written.
COMM 3995W - Major Project [WI] (1.0-3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· COMM 3263W - Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3452W - Communication and the Intercultural Reentry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3635W - Famous Speeches [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3645W - How Pictures Persuade [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3681W - Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts [LITR, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3682W - Communicating War [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3995W - Major Project [WI] (1.0-3.0 cr)
· COMM 4404W - Language Borderlands [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4602W - Contemporary Political Persuasion [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.
COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670 - Comm 1101H, PSTL 1461, GC 1461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation. prereq: Honors
COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Strategies for analyzing, evaluating, generating arguments. Problems in listening/responding to argument.
COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.
COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Social scientific theory in human communication. Logic of scientific communication theories in interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and mediated communication.
COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theoretical systems to explain/direct creation of public discourse. Traditional rhetoric to contemporary perspectives. Using theory to explain practice of public discourse.
COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work as a team to plan, script, and shoot video productions in a hands-on multi-camera television studio. By creating their own productions and reviewing the productions of others, students learn how media aesthetics shape the presentation of themes and messages.
COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cooperative thinking in task-oriented groups. Planning, preparing for, and participating in small groups in private and public contexts.
COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of communication concepts in information interview. Planning, conducting, and evaluating informational, journalistic/elite, helping, persuasive, appraisal, and employment interviews. Class training, field experience.
COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Performance/composition with critical inquiry into rhetoric theories. Writing, thinking, and speaking skills. prereq: 1101, soph
COMM 3990 - Research Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How communication research is designed, implemented, and published. Focus is on working with senior faculty on their current research projects.
COMM 3995W - Major Project (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individualized instruction leading to completion of senior project. prereq: Comm major, instr consent
COMM 3263W - Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of media images/messages. Principles of literacy. Media content/industries. Media and identity. Media effects. Textbook/packet readings, videos, small groups of peer writing workshops, media analyses.
COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories of and factors influencing intercultural communication. Development of effective intercultural communication skills. prereq: Planning an intercultural experience
COMM 3452W - Communication and the Intercultural Reentry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intercultural experience explored through stories and story telling, participant observation, and social scientific theory. Constructs include identity, learning styles, cultural adaptation, values, ethics. prereq: Return from an intercultural experience
COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Performance/composition with critical inquiry into rhetoric theories. Writing, thinking, and speaking skills. prereq: 1101, soph
COMM 3635W - Famous Speeches (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speeches that became famous because of the occasion, issue, or speaker. Students analyze texts, research the issue┐s history and the speaker┐s biography/opposition, and evaluate the speech's artistry, ethical principles, effects on society, and contribution to history of ideas.
COMM 3645W - How Pictures Persuade (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How words/pictures interact in graphic memoirs, political cartoons, and science to create/communicate meaning. How this interaction bears on public advocacy. Reading examples of comprehensive cognitive model of visual communication.
COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Terrorism as an ethical and international problem. Different cultures' historical trajectories for terrorism. Contrasts between Algerian, Irish, and Arab terrorism.
COMM 3681W - Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts (LITR, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of selected 20th-century documentary novels. Nature of artistic truth in relation to historical truth. Cross-cultural comparisons of responses to impact of Anglo-American policies.
COMM 3682W - Communicating War (AH, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Claim: if ethics (right/wrong) exists in war, then right/wrong exist everywhere. Students experience this claim through its expression in various arts/humanities media of history, memoir, philosophical meditation, and film.
COMM 3995W - Major Project (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individualized instruction leading to completion of senior project. prereq: Comm major, instr consent
COMM 4404W - Language Borderlands (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Effect of multilingualism on self identity/sense of community. Subjective/social dimensions of being multilingual. Experience of language loss.
COMM 4602W - Contemporary Political Persuasion (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Contemporary political speech. Ideologies in political persuasion. prereq: 1101, 3431 or instr consent
COMM 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01972 - Comm 4621W/GWSS 5105W
Typically offered: Every Fall
History/criticism of rhetoric of feminism from 19th century to present.
COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory and research on cultural differences in values, norms, behaviors, and perceptions that affect communication across cultures internationally and domestically.
COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of public discourse using various theoretical perspectives. prereq: 1101; 3601 recommended