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Communication B.A.

Communication
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
At the core of the communication discipline is a concern for the relationship between symbolic action (speaking, writing, etc.) and social change. The B.A. in communication emphasizes the breadth and diversity of the communication field, with an integrated focus that spans social scientific and cultural/historical methodologies. Students develop conceptual and research competence in the areas of interpersonal communication, mass media, and rhetorical theory and practice. Honors Requirements: Candidates must be communication majors with a 3.30 GPA in all communication courses and 3.00 overall. Students write an honors-quality paper sponsored by a communication faculty member and approved by two additional communication faculty. Candidates apply before the end of the first four weeks of their senior year. Contact the department head or academic adviser for more information.
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.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Current students electing to declare the communication major must have a U of M cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students not meeting the GPA requirement will be considered for admission based on their recent academic performance, particularly in COMM courses. 2. A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Core Courses (12 cr)
Students must complete the core with a C or better to be admitted to COMM 5000.
COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1511 - Honors: Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Seven elective courses totaling 21 credits are required. One course is required from each Distributed Elective area.
Distributed Electives (9 cr)
Interpersonal Communication
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 3200 - Interpersonal Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3205 - Relationship Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3210 - Group Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3295 - Special Topics: Interpersonal Communication (Various titles to be assigned) (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3400 - Health Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3700 - Interpersonal Influence (3.0 cr)
· FST 4006 - COMM 4949, Intercultural Hawaiian Experience (4.0 cr)
Media Studies
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3405 - Health Campaigns (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3520 - Media Effects [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3550 - Children and Media (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3560 - Video Game Entertainment (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3595 - Special Topics: Media Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research (3.0 cr)
Rhetoric
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 3115 - Persuasion and Argumentation in Public Speaking (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3510 - Ethics in Human Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3610 - Philosophy and Rhetoric [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3612 - Rhetorical Criticism (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3620 - Controversy in the Boundary Waters [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3695 - Special Topics in Rhetoric Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4500 - History of Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
Other Electives (12 cr)
To satisfy this requirement, students may take up to 6 credits of COMM 1xxx-2xxx level courses. Students must take a minimum of 6 credits of COMM 3xxx or above but have the option to take all 12 credits from COMM 3xxx or above to satisfy this requirement. Additional courses taken within the 'Distributed Electives' may apply.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
COMM 1xxx-2xxx (optional)
Take at most 6 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 1xxx
· COMM 2xxx
· COMM 3xxx or above (required)
Students must take at least 6 credits from COMM 3xxx courses or above. NOTE: COMM 3300, 3310, 4394, 4397, 4399 & 5391 do not apply to the major, but are applicable toward the degree as elective credit(s).
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3xxx
· COMM 4xxx
· FORS 3800 - COMM 3800/GEOG 3800 Grassroots Activism in India (4.0 cr)
Senior Seminar (3 cr)
Students must complete the required core (COMM 1000, 1112 or 1511, 2025, 2030) with a C or better to be admitted to any COMM 5000. This prerequisite is verified by the department prior to the start of every term. Students not satisfying the prerequisite are notified by email. COMM 5000 is not included within the electives area.
COMM 5000 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Students majoring in communication with a journalism minor are exempt from the advanced writing requirement.
WRIT 31xx
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory (LE CAT3, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to fundamental concepts, models, and theories of human communication. Issues concerning verbal and nonverbal symbolic processes, language and meaning, and the relationship between communication and understanding. Communication processes and problems in various contexts. Liberal Education social science credit will be effective fall 2015.
COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Exploration/survey of rhetorical and historical approaches to understanding the role that communication plays in social influence. prereq: Communication major, minimum 30 credits
COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to social scientific inquiry related to the study of communication, and will provide an overview of research methods and an introduction to statistics. prereq: Comm major, minimum 30 credits
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01378 - Comm 1112/1511
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.
COMM 1511 - Honors: Public Speaking (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01378 - Comm 1112/1511
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation. prereq: Honors student
COMM 3200 - Interpersonal Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Role of communication in developing, maintaining, and changing personal relationships. prereq: 1000 or 1222
COMM 3205 - Relationship Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study of advanced interpersonal communication skills in context of family and gender issues. prereq: 1222
COMM 3210 - Group Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Small group approaches to problem management. Useful for anyone intending to participate in decision-making groups. prereq: Minimum 30 credit, communication major or minor or instructor consent
COMM 3295 - Special Topics: Interpersonal Communication (Various titles to be assigned)
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Interpersonal communication topics not included in regular curriculum. prereq: no grad credit
COMM 3400 - Health Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey course examines the critical role communication plays in health promotion, specifically in the area of doctor-patient interaction and health campaigns. Important communicative issues such as the social construction of health, the role of culture in health and healing, health disparities, media literacy, and social support are addressed.
COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a skills course in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for 2929
COMM 3700 - Interpersonal Influence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Review of social scientific theories and research on person-to-person persuasion techniques used to influence attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and behavior of others. Focus is on theoretical processes and effects on individuals and society in a variety of contexts.
FST 4006 - COMM 4949, Intercultural Hawaiian Experience
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02110 - COMM 4949/FST 4006
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Taught on site in Hawaii. Practice of intercultural communication at culturally diverse sites. Students will immerse themselves in Non-European/American cultures and participate in intercultural communication with members of those cultures. Offered at various sites within the U.S. and internationally. prereq: Admitted to an approved Study Abroad Program, required consent from the International Education Office; no grad credit
COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication (LE CAT8, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories, research, regulation, and ethical concerns surrounding contemporary mass media. Identifies U.S. media's role within the international marketplace. Survey of contemporary media content, industry structures, technology, and delivery systems.
COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores communication technologies in the information society; introduces students to new technologies used in contemporary organizations; explores implications of those technologies for human communication; and provides hands-on experience within a theoretical framework.
COMM 3405 - Health Campaigns
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey course examines how individual and community models of health behavior change are used to design, implement, and evaluate campaigns that promote healthy behaviors and reduce high-risk health behaviors.
COMM 3505 - Media Communications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of journalistic, critical, public relations and advertising writing techniques. Students write radio essays, newsletter articles, news stories, press releases. They also prepare communication strategies for a mini advertising campaign, write a movie review and develop a feature article for a newspaper. prereq: WRIT 1120
COMM 3520 - Media Effects (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and research on the effects of media. Topics include media violence effects, sexual media content, fight reactions to media, news and political content effects, the impact of stereotyping, advertising effects, and the impact of new media technologies. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2102
COMM 3550 - Children and Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and research on the impact of media on children.
COMM 3560 - Video Game Entertainment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Research and theory on video games, including work on content, uses, and effects. Overviews of game history, industry economics, design, and policy. Hands-on exposure to game technologies. Information about careers in video games.
COMM 3595 - Special Topics: Media Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Media communication topics not included in regular curriculum
COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical concepts and research perspectives currently used to understand intricacies of a mediated society. Introduction and application of basic research methods to study questions concerning impact of media on society and individuals. prereq: 1500 or 2101, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no Grad credit
COMM 3115 - Persuasion and Argumentation in Public Speaking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced theories. Developing persuasive strategies, carefully managing logical and argumentational structures within the speech, and fostering critical thinking tools in creation, analysis, and evaluation of persuasive speech. prereq: 1112
COMM 3510 - Ethics in Human Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of the recurring ethical questions faced by people as we communicate both in interpersonal/non-professional contexts and as practitioners in communication professions. prereq: 1112; credit will not be granted if already received for CLA 1101
COMM 3610 - Philosophy and Rhetoric (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the philosophy and history of rhetoric from ancient to modern times, including rhetoric's role in reasoning about values, defining the duties and methods of citizenship, and shaping self-awareness. Aims at a philosophical appreciation of the problem of communication from Babel to the Electronic Age. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 1625
COMM 3612 - Rhetorical Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of approaches to rhetorical analysis of communicative acts, events, and artifacts. prereq: 1112, minimum 60 credits
COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Guided historical, critical, and theoretical investigation of public discourse, examining the rhetorical practice manifest in traditional models of public oratory, mass media texts, and messages that address us via new media. Topics and periods vary. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2505
COMM 3620 - Controversy in the Boundary Waters (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Considers the rhetorical and political processes conditioning the debate over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area's wilderness designation. Culminates in a class field trip to the BWCA, and a group project pertaining to contemporary environmental rhetoric.
COMM 3695 - Special Topics in Rhetoric Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Rhetoric topics not included in regular curriculum.
COMM 4500 - History of Rhetoric
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of rhetorical thought as expressed by representative writers. prereq: 1112 or instructor consent; no Grad credit
FORS 3800 - COMM 3800/GEOG 3800 Grassroots Activism in India
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02244 - FORS 3800/COMM 3800/GEOG 3800
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Taught in Bangalore, India where students will examine the process of social change in Bangalore and witness firsthand how disempowered groups such as tribal communities and religious minorities are advocating for their social and economic rights. Bangalore has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, as the city has become the center of India's technology economy; however, the benefits of this growth have not been equally distributed. Students will examine the causes of disenfranchisement (including gender, caste, and colonialism) as well as how city has changed as a result of globalization and the liberalization of the Indian economy. This course has three goals: (1) Students understand the notions of community employment as theorized by scholars such as Paulo Freire, M.K. Gandhi, R.J. Ambedkar, as well as more contemporary Indian thinkers; (2) Students visit and learn about the cultural and historical forces that have shaped India, and (3) Students interact firsthand with activists and disenfranchised communities involved in struggles for human rights/empowerment. prereq: Minimum 2.5 GPA, minimum 30 credits, instructor consent. Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.
COMM 5000 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced study and individual research on a selected topic or theme in communication; senior seminar course for communication majors. prereq: 1000, 1112 or 1115, 2025, 2030 with a C or better; Min 90 cr, Comm major, instructor consent