Core Courses

All communication majors are required to take core communication courses designed to provide a solid foundation and a compelling introduction to media, interpersonal communication, communication theories, and research methods, as well as experience communicating in groups and presenting to larger audiences.

The courses outlined below are for freshmen and sophomores. You can also view a full listing of course descriptions.

Introduction to Mass Media (COM 101)

This course offers a focus on today’s robust media landscape and its tremendous impact on society today. Topics include:

  • Emerging online and social media
  • Television
  • Print media, including newspapers and magazines
  • Radio
  • Film
  • Historical, technological, and social developments of the media
  • Internal and external efforts at regulation
  • Media effects

Interpersonal Communication (COM 102)

This is a fun and awakening course focused the role of communication in our interpersonal interactions. Topics include:

  • Basic interpersonal communication concepts and theories
  • Application of interpersonal communication in everyday communication practices
  • Understanding your communication style
  • Developing more meaningful personal and professional relationships
  • Conflict management
  • Communication with individuals from other cultural groups

Presentation Skills (COM 150)

This course is an entrée into learning to effectively research, develop, prepare, and present information or a persuasive pitch in a group setting. Students gain exceptional presentation experience in this course. Topics include:

  • Critical thinking and effectively speaking about a variety of topics
  • Informative, persuasive, special occasion, and group presentations
  • Impromptu speaking exercises
  • Critique of recorded presentations
  • Writing presentation analysis papers

Communication Theory and Research (COM 205)

This is an enlightening course dedicated to helping students understand how to use and apply interpersonal communication, mass communication, and persuasion theories. Topics include:

  • The nature of—and differences between—social scientific and humanistic theories
  • Research methods used to develop and/or test communication theories

Prerequisites: Introduction to Mass Media (COM 101) and Interpersonal and Group Communication (COM 102), listed above