COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The communication studies program educates students in the history and theory of speech communication.  The program develops articulate speakers and prepares students to compete in a job market that demands effective communication skills.

In the liberal arts tradition, our program emphasizes classic texts of rhetoric, modern communication theory, and the latest developments in mass media and communication technology. The major will enhance your understanding of argument, evidence, and persuasion; intercultural communication; techniques of small group leadership; and the craft of researching, writing and delivering a successful speech.

Our mass communication curriculum focuses on the effects of mass media to accurately transmit information. We provide a balanced program of theory and practice and attempt to produce what employers are looking for: liberally educated men and women who speak and write clearly, think critically, and have a strong capacity to learn.

 

For more information, contact Dr. Nick Backus, HSS 115, 838-8851, backusj@wou.edu

Faculty: Nick Backus, Paula Baldwin, Claire Ferraris, Molly Mayhead, Frank Nevius, Emily Plec, Dana Schowalter

 

Communication Studies Major……………. 66

 

  • Interpersonal & Organization
  • Rhetoric & Critical Thinking
  • Media, Culture & Society
  • Electives

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication

Choose six: …………………………………………………………. 18

COM 112 Interpersonal Communication

COM 312(W) Public Relations Communication

COM 323 Group Discussion and Leadership

COM 324 Business and Professional Communication

COM 331(W) Nonverbal Communication

COM 340 Conflict Management

COM 351(W) Foundations of Health Communication

COM 361 Health Literacy

COM 410 Communication and Event Planning

COM 420 Communication in Organizations

COM 440 Relational Communication

COM 450 Crisis Communication Management

COM 461 Family Communication

Rhetoric and Critical Thinking

Choose six: …………………………………………………………. 18

COM 321 Influencing Through Argument

COM 326 Communication And Controversy

COM 327 Communication in the Legal Field

COM 412 Criticism of Public Discourse

COM 422 Persuasion

COM 432 Rhetoric in the Western Tradition

COM 435(D) Rhetoric of the Women’s Movement

COM 439(W) Contemporary U.S. Public Address

COM 442 Communication and Social Change

Media, Culture and Society

Choose six: …………………………………………………………. 18

COM 211 Introduction to Mass Communication

COM 236 Contemporary Issues in Media

COM 325(D) Intercultural Communication

COM 335(D) Communication and Gender

COM 342 Media Literacy

COM 343 Communication in the Information Age

COM 380 Environmental Communication

COM 416 Communication and Politics

COM 426(W) Language of the Mass Media

Communication Studies Electives

Choose four: ………………………………………………… 12

Choose from any COM courses not used to fulfill

another requirement in the major. Courses from other

disciplines such as WR and LING may be substituted,

in consultation with a communication studies adviser,

for COM electives.

 

Communication Studies Minor……….. 27

In consultation with an advisor, students select at least 12 credit hours of any COM courses 100-level through 400-level, and at least 15 credit hours from 300 and 400-level COM courses.