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COMMUNICATION STUDIES

 About the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Program 

Communication Studies is a broad-based liberal arts program balancing theory and practice. 

It prepares students to:

  • Be effective communicators, ethical leaders, and innovative media practitioners. 
  • Develop competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, media and message design, oral performance, relational interaction, and cultural communication. 
  • The Communication Studies program has a direct connection to other programs at the College including the Business, English, Criminal Justice, and Political Science programs.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Communication Studies 

This 36-credit major consists of five required "core" courses in the program, including:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Gender Communication
  • Persuasion and Argumentation
  • Communication Theory
  • A three-credit Senior Research Seminar

Majors then have a choice of two tracks as an area of concentration. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits within one of the following tracks:

1. Media Communication-- including Introduction to New Media, Video Production, Communication Technology, Visual Communication, Journalism, Critical Analysis of the Media, Mass Communication, and more.
2. Organizational Communication and Leadership -- including Business and Global Communication, Public Relations, Communicating Change, Crisis Communication, Leadership, and more.

Communication Studies students also are allowed two additional elective courses within the major and are strongly encouraged to apply for an internship, as well as develop a minor in another academic area. 

The Communications Minor 

The Communications minor provides a broad-based, academic experience and supports other programs at the College. 

Communications courses help students to:

  • Become grounded in the liberal arts -- developing the student's ability to speak, think, and write clearly and concisely, and to express themselves critically and creatively in discussions. 
  • Become grounded in the "marketplace of free ideas," the faculty members teaching these courses encourage the freedom of inquiry and expression of all students and will help them develop their full potential.

The minor in Communications meets three main goals: 

  1. Gives students employable skills and knowledge
  2. Gives the community, which we serve, graduates who can contribute to the region's productivity and quality of life
  3. Enhances the current academic programs at Dominican by developing life-long communication skills.

Additionally, because we live in the Information Age, the minor addresses the growing role the media plays in our culture. In today's wired society, communication goes beyond thinking well and speaking well; it includes electronic information management. Students pursuing a minor in Communications are also prepared to manage the interface between information and people.

Summary of Requirements for a Minor 

The Communications minor consists of 18 credits and includes a choice of a wide variety of courses as you tailor your studies toward your specific educational and career goals. Regardless of your academic major, the Communications Minor provides you with a broad-based academic experience that will support your program while allowing you the scheduling flexibility to specialize in your area of choice. 

In addition to two required Core courses, two courses in Media, and two courses in Organizational Communication, the Minor offers two elective courses that, in keeping with the broad relevance of the field, will enhance other academic disciplines such as:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
Many of these disciplines already have cross-listed courses.

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