We communicate to produce an effect on one another or on large groups of people. The Communication Science major explores how people use messages to inform, persuade and entertain.
Students apply social science theory and research to contemporary issues in media and professional communications. For instance, media effects research can focus on public opinion, political communication, media and social change, and the framing of public policy issues. Communication Science also can probe the practices, processes and effects that influence attitude and behavior change.
Communication Science students are prepared to launch creative and meaningful careers in roles involving communication research, organizational development, information resources, communications strategy, or going directly to graduate school or law school.
The Communication Science major requires 52 credit hours in the School of Communications, plus completion of GST 115 Public Speaking and a minor designed to integrate learning across disciplines. Here is the curriculum for the Communication Science major:
COM 100 Communications in a Global Age (4)
COM 110 Media Writing (4)
COM 220 Digital Media Convergence (4)
COM 225 The Process of Communication (4)
COM 230 Media History, Media Today (4)
COM 300 Persuasion (4)
COM 362 Communication Research (4)
COM 381 Communications Internship (1-2)
COM 400 Media Law and Ethics (4)
COM 460 Communication Inquiry (4)
COM 495 Great Ideas: Capstone in Communications (2)
Choice of electives in the School of Communications to total at least 52 COM hours, including the option of pursuing an emphasis in writing, advertising, photojournalism, documentary, sports communications, audio recording or international communications.
Eight hours of COM electives are waived for any student completing a double major outside the School of Communications.