Communication

Program Description

The Communication major blends theory with practice, built on a liberal arts education and supplemented with experiential learning opportunities within and outside the classroom. This approach is captured in our program motto: Think. Do.

Communication majors start with a grounding in classes that provide a strong theoretical foundation for understanding a field that traces its roots to Aristotle but is as contemporary as today's Tweet. Students then can pursue tracks in three concentrations:

  • Interpersonal Communication, in which students explore how communication fosters interaction in relationships, families, and organizations; 
  • Media and Journalism, in which students learn to pursue careers in the news media or storytelling in movies, television and online; 
  • Public Relations, in which students learn how organizations and agencies use strategic communication to build relationships and influence the public. 

These concentrations provide the communication knowledge and skills needed for meaningful personal, professional and social relationships.

Students may earn credit for Internships, including unique 1-credit internships that allow first and second year students to earn credit while taking advantage of the opportunities that studying in the nation's 5th largest media market provide.

The major seeks to develop graduates who engage in informed civic participation and progressive leadership in professional and community settings. This goal reflects the Lasallian tradition of providing a practical education in the service of the greater good.

Why take this major?

Think. Do.

In our classes and on-campus experiences, we'll teach you how to think. You'll learn the theory that will help you make good decisions about how to best tell stories, position an organization, improve relationships. You'll be able to judge what works and what doesn't, and then prove it through research.

Our faculty work side by side with students to discuss tough issues, problem-solve, and develop communication strategies and tactics.

From your first few weeks on campus, you can get involved with our student organizations to gain valuable experience. Several of our classes use experiential and service-learning activities to help you gain real-life experience in a classroom setting.

This combination of thinking and doing prepares you to tackle internships in the nation's fifth largest media market (and beyond), which means incredible opportunities to apply what you learn. Our students have interned with the Philadelphia Eagles, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and NBC10, while some internships have taken our thinkers and doers to the White House, the Super Bowl, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and ESPN. And that's just the short list.

We have 40 years worth of alumni ready to provide mentoring, internship opportunities, and a gateway to the careers you might seek.

Even if you're not interested in a career in communication, the major and minors allow you to develop some of job skills most highly desired by employers--writing and speaking, teamwork, problem solving, interpersonal effectivness, and persuasion. The CEO of LinkedIn recently said that interpersonal communication skills represent the biggest "skills gap" in American business today.  

As a La Salle Communication graduate, you'll have the knowledge and the practical experience to launch your career.

Student Learning Outcomes

Aligned with learning outcomes from the National Communication Association (NCA), Communication majors, regardless of track or concentration, will be able to:

  • SLO-C.1: Examine contemporary issues/debates in the communication discipline and related professional fields
  • SLO-C.2: Employ theories, concepts, and principles, through:
    • Explaining communication theories, concepts, and principles
    • Applying communication theories, concepts, and principles to situations and events
    • Critiquing communication theories, concepts, and principles in academic and practical contexts
  • SLO-C.3: Interpret communication research
  • SLO-C.4: Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context, with emphasis on:
    • Locating and using relevant information
    • Selecting an appropriate modality/technology
    • Adapting messages to audience/context/purpose
    • Presenting messages effectively
    • Critically reflecting on one's own messages
  • SLO-C.5: Critically analyze messages

Program Contact Information

Michael Smith
Chair and Associate Professor 
Communication Center, Room 219
msmith@lasalle.edu
(215) 951-1844

Degree Earned

B.A.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 15

Total: 40

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 45

Total: 120

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

COM 150

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 40 courses in total in order to graduate. 15 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

Com 101 Intro Mass Media
Com 102 Interpersonal Com
Com 150 Presentation Skills (meets ILO1-8.1a/12.1)
Com 205 Com Theory & Research
Com 312 Persuasion

Concentrations

WE HAVE THREE CONCENTRATIONS

*Concentration: Interpersonal Communication
Com 215 - Group and Team Com (F)
Com 220 - Com and Culture (S) (meets ILO1-11.1)
Com 315 - Adv. Interpersonal (S)
Com 316 - Com Research and Analysis
Com 317 - Organizational Com
Choose (1)  from:  Com 203 - Media Writing (S); or Com 206 - News Writing; or Com 357 - PR Writing
Choose (1) from: Com 267 - Conflict; Com 325 - Nonverbal Com; Com 345 - Sex, Gender, and Communication; Com - 365 Communication in Relationships
Com 415 - Capstone in Applied Interpersonal Communication (F)
Two COM electives outside of concentration

*Concentration: Public Relations
Com 206- News Writing & Reporting
Com 207 - Principles of PR
Com 316 - Com Research and Analysis
Com 317 - Organizational Com
Com 357 - PR Writing
Com 338 - Social Media (F)
Com 387 - PR Cases and Campaigns
Com 407 - Public Relations Management
Two COM electives outside of concentration

*Concentration: Media and Journalism
Com 204 - Media Criticism (F)
Com 208 - Intro to Digital Video
Com 301 - Media Industries
Com 358 - Adv. Media Production
Com 308 - Com Law and Ethics
Choose (1) from: Com 203 - Media Writing (S); OR Com 206 - News Writing
Choose (1) from: Com 306 - Feature Writing (F); OR Com 368 - Video Editing (S)
Com 408 - Media andJournalism Practicum
Two COM electives outside of concentration

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Dual Major Requirements

Dual majors must complete the Communication Major core requirements plus the requirements for at least one concentration and two Communication elective courses. Depending on the second major, adjustments to the required number of electives may be permitted.   The plan of study is developed in consultation with the department Chair.

Minor Requirements

Please see the Communication Department Chair to declare a Minor.

Interpersonal Skills Minor

COM 150 - Presentation Skills
COM 102 - Interpersonal Communication
COM 215 - Group and Team Communication
COM 220 - Intercultural Communication
COM 312 - Persuasion, Power and Influence
COM 317 - Organizational Communication

Media Studies Minor

COM 101 - Mass Media and Society
COM 204 - Media Criticism
COM 205 - Com Theory and Research
COM 300 - Communication Ethics
COM 301 - Media Industries
COM 308 - Communication Law and Ethics

Media Skills Minor

COM 101 - Mass Media and Society
COM 150 - Presentation Skills
COM 208 - Introduction to Digital Video
COM 338 - Social Media
COM 358 - Advanced Media Production
Choose (1) from: COM 206 - News Writing and Reporting or COM 203 - Media Writing

Public Relations

COM 101 - Mass Media and Society
COM 150 - Presentation Skills
COM 207 - Principles of Public Relations
COM 312 - Persuasion, Power and Influence
COM 357 - Public Relations Writing
COM 387 - PR Cases and Campaigns

General Communication Minor

COM 150 - Presentation Skills
Choose (1) from:  COM 101 - Mass Media and Society or COM 102 - Interpersonal Communication
One or two 200-level courses
Two or three 300-level courses

Students in the General Communication Minor may enroll in a 400-level course, assuming they have completed the pre-requisites, with permission of the Department Chair.

The chart below illustrates the recommended sequence of courses for Communication majors. Transfer students should also follow this sequence, although their sequence depend on whether the student has transferred in any Communication courses.

  Communication Core Interpersonal Communication Media and 
Journalism
Public Relations
First Year Students

COM 101
COM 102
COM 150

     
Sophomores COM 205
COM 312

COM 215 (F)
COM 220 (S)
COM 203(S)/206/357

COM 203(S)/206
COM 204(F)
COM 208

COM 206
COM 207
COM 317
Juniors   COM 315(S)
COM 316
COM 317
COM 301
COM 358
COM 306(F)/COM 356 (S)
COM 316
COM 357
COM 387
Seniors   COM 415 COM 408 COM 407
Anytime  

COM 267/325/3345/365
COM elective 1
COM elective 2

COM 308
COM elective 1
COM elective 2
COM 338(F)
COM elective 1
COM elective 2

F=Fall Semester, S=Spring Semester

 

Course Descriptions

COM 101 - Mass Media and Society

This course is an introduction to the mass media and their impact on society. Students will investigate the historical, technological, and social developments of a variety of media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, and emerging technologies. Students will be asked to consider evidence, assumptions, and assertions about the effects of media in order to draw conclusions about the responsibility of media professionals and the public when creating, sharing, and consuming content. The course will also examine legal and ethical issues of the media and how politics and economics affect the form, function, and content of media.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 4.1 - Critical Analysis and Reasoning

COM 102 - Interpersonal Communication

This course examines the factors that influence interpersonal communication, effective and ineffective interpersonal communication practices, and the effects of interpersonal communication on our personal and professional lives. Specific topics include how culture influences communication, conflict management, the power of language, and the influence of communication on relationship development, maintenance, and deterioration.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 150 - Presentation Skills

The presentation skills course teaches students how to research, structure, and deliver effective oral presentations. It requires active student participation in order to build both skills and confidence. Among the topics covered in the course are: analyzing the audience; identifying, selecting, and critically evaluating content; organizing content in a logical manner; matching presentation content to presentation goals; using visual aids effectively; dealing with speaking anxiety; and effective, respectful collaboration in preparing presentations.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 8.1.a - Oral Communication/ILO 12.1 - Collaborative Engagement

COM 203 - Media Writing

In this course, students will learn a variety of creative writing techniques for visual media projects. Students will work with various written formats including creative concepts, dual column and master scene scripts, treatments, and storyboards. Students will work within an interactive writers' room to craft effective advertisements/public service announcements, documentary concepts, original film and television scripts, and projects for emerging and interactive media forms. This course also meets ILO 8a.2 (effective written communication within the major).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 204 - Media Criticism

In this gateway course to the Media & Journalism track, students will learn the language of mediated storytelling by describing and analyzing the ways in which stories are creatively and artistically crafted for various formats and purposes, including television, film, online video, documentary, and news. Students will be exposed to various types of contemporary visual media, and discuss the ways in which production techniques play a role in creative expression and telling effective stories.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 9.1 - Creative and Artistic Expression

COM 205 - Communication Theory and Research

This course introduces students to significant theories of communication, including interpersonal communication, mass media, and persuasion theories. Students will be introduced to the humanistic, social scientific, and critical traditions. A focus of the course is on practical application of theory to real world problems and situations. The course is geared toward sophomore or early junior-year students.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 101 and COM 102

COM 206 - News Writing and Reporting

This course teaches students how to report and write news stories that are accurate, fair and complete. Students will learn the basic elements of reporting—how to observe events, how to interview people, and how to use other research tools. Students will also learn how to write and structure news stories for different media platforms including print, broadcast and online. This course also meets ILO 8a.2 (effective written communication within the major).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 207 - Principles of Public Relations

Public relations has been called "the unseen power" that influences culture, business, politics, and society. This class introduces students to the wide-ranging field of public relations, the role it plays in managing organizational relationships of all kinds, and the skills required to succeed in one of the fastest-growing communication professions.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 208 - Introduction to Digital Video

This course introduces students to the fundamental theories and practices of audio and video production. Students will learn how the preproduction, production, and postproduction stages apply to media. Emphasis is on storytelling, the importance of audience research and planning, scheduling, and selecting and employing proper resources. Students will experience the process using fundamental production techniques of audio and video through hands-on projects.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 215 - Group and Team Communication

Successfully working within a group or team setting is important for our academic, professional, and personal lives. This course blends the theory and practice of successful group communication. Through experiential activities, students will learn about group roles, collaboration, and effective and ineffective decision-making and problem solving.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 220 - Intercultural Communication

Communication between members of different cultural groups is complex and challenging, and can lead to misunderstanding and a lack of trust. This course focuses on uncovering historical patterns that influence values, beliefs, and behaviors within cultural groups, and how these issues influence communication practices. A particular focus is on increasing knowledge and skills to improve communication between races and other ethnic and cultural groups.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 11.1 - Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

COM 267 - Communication and Conflict Management

Communication can be the source of conflict, can reflect conflict, or can be a tool to resolve conflict. This course focuses on productive and unproductive conflict management processes, with a particular focus on the techniques associated with negotiation and dispute resolution.

Number of Credits: 3

COM 300 - Communication Ethics

This course provides students with an overview of ethical standards relevant to social behavior and an in-depth study of contemporary ethical issues facing communicators. Students will apply ethical perspectives such as virtue, universalism, utilitarianism, egalitarianism, dialogic ethics, postmodernism, and the feminist ethic of care to contemporary ethical issues in interpersonal, organizational, public, and mass mediated communication contexts. Concepts of truth, confidentiality, conflict of interest, social justice, and other issues will be addressed.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 10.1 - Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

COM 301 - Media Industries

This course explores how the media industries of television, radio, and the web have grown and changed through exploration of the economics, regulation, and effects of current entertainment and news media. Students will analyze how media companies make decisions based on research, discuss up to the minute news related to the business practices of media conglomerates, and learn the impact of media business decisions on society and culture.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 101

COM 306 - News Writing and Reporting

In this course, students will learn how to report and write feature stories making use of storytelling techniques such as scene-setting, descriptive language, the narrative arc, character development, use of dialogue, explication, and literary devices such as metaphors, flashbacks, foreshadowing and parallel construction. The techniques learned in this class will be applicable to print, broadcast and online presentation.

 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 206

COM 308 - Communication Law and Ethics

The course is designed to review the history, development, and interpretation of the First Amendment in the U.S. by our court system and its impact upon journalists, professional communicators, and citizens, along with the ethical principles that underpin effective communication practices. Topics include privacy, defamation, press freedom, media regulations, and the law of emerging technologies. Students will learn to apply statutes, case law, and ethical theories to First Amendment issues and disputes. This course also meets ILO 10.2 (ethical understanding and reasoning within the discipline)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 310 - Communication Portfolio

The portfolio assists students with synthesizing and applying what they have learned in Communication courses to the task of bridging from undergraduate studies to post-graduation. Students will build a portfolio that can be used to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Number of Credits: 1

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

COM 312 - Persuasion, Power, and Influence

This course emphasizes theory-based analysis of persuasive messages across a variety of contexts and situations, ranging from interpersonal settings to mass mediated-campaigns. Students will also be taught techniques of presenting and selecting evidence with the goal of enhancing the student's abilities to strategically analyze and create persuasive messages. Students will be asked to consider assumptions and draw conclusions about the persuasive efficacy of messages by applying concepts from theory and research. This course also meets ILO 4.2 (critical analysis and reasoning in the discipline).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 315 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Through reading and reflection, students will assess their own interpersonal communication skills. Students will also explore interpersonal programs of research, such as: forgiveness, jealousy, distance relationships, and bullying.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 102

COM 316 - Communication Research and Analysis

This course introduces students to the strategic process of collecting and analyzing information in professional settings. The practical focus of course assignments will be on using research to solve problems. Students will be introduced to situation analysis, designing and implementing surveys, interviewing, focus groups, and content analysis.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 317 - Organizational Communication

This course surveys classic concepts and theories associated with organizational communication such as leadership, organizational culture, and the role of organizations in society. Contemporary issues such as globalization, technology, and ethical decision making in organizations are also featured, as well as a focus on the practical skills necessary for successful organizational encounters and socialization. This course meets ILO 10.2 (ethical understanding & reasoning within the discipline).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 319 - Advanced Personal and Professional Presentations

This advanced course is designed to maximize professional success through an in-depth focus on achieving presentation goals. Students will learn how to effectively present themselves as skilled content experts in professional settings.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 150

COM 325 - Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal communication refers to the many ways that we send messages without relying on words. This course focuses on specific nonverbal structures (e.g., touch, gesture, facial expression, appearance), the functions of nonverbal communication (e.g., impression formation, deception, etc.), and cultural variations in nonverbal communication rules and interpretations.

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 337 - Advertising Copywriting

This course provides experience with writing for advertising. Students will explore the theoretical and research basis for communication and will examine the role of both strategy and creativity in the development and implementation of communication campaigns. Students will write for print, broadcast, and other media.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 338 - Social Media

This course addresses the many positive and negative implications associated with society's reliance on social media platforms. Using a perspective rooted in digital literacy, the course examines how social media is used in both personal and professional contexts, and how me might use social media to communicate competently, ethically, and strategically.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 345 - Communication and Sex, Gender, And Sexuality

This course focuses on the influence of sex, gender, and sexuality on communication in a variety of contexts. The course will review the recent theories and research literature on communication and sex, gender, and sexuality. The course will present information on communication and sex, gender, and sexuality as it relates to individual identity development, personal relationships, and social relationships.

Number of Credits: 3

COM 350/450 - Cooperative Education

This experience is normally a full-time, paid employment in a cooperating firm to provide on-the-job training (part-time positions at least six months in duration may qualify). The course requires meetings with the faculty supervisor, reflection papers, and interaction and evaluation by the site supervisors. Position must be approved by Department Chair.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Hybrid

Restrictions: Junior or Senior status, 2.75 GPA, approval of Department Chair

COM 357 - Public Relations Writing

Writing is one of the top-rated skills for public relations professionals. This writing intensive course introduces students to the principles of planning and pre-writing as the basis for successful writing efforts. Students will learn how to produce a variety of pieces for print and electronic media, including press releases, backgrounders, brochures, newsletter articles, and public service announcements, as well as other tools designed to engage an organization's key stakeholders. This course meets ILO 8b.2 (effective writing in the discipline)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

COM 358 - Advanced Media Production

In this course students learn to apply more advanced audio and video production techniques. Students will develop and strengthen their production skills through hands-on projects both in the field, and utilizing the tools of the television studio, for both news and creative productions that can be distributed across various media platforms.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 208

COM 365 - Communication in Relationships

This course focuses on contemporary research and theories associated with communication in close relationships. We will address cultural norms regarding "good" communication and "good" relationships, as well as what research suggests are the realities associated with communication and relationships.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 102

COM 368 - Video Editing

Combining the study and critique of media examples with hands-on experience, this course examines the techniques, equipment, and theories involved in achieving structure in film and video through editing. Students will strengthen and expand their editing skills through class exercises and outside projects, while also studying past and present film and video productions.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: Com 208

COM 387 - Public Relations Cases and Campaigns

Public relations (PR) practitioners face a daunting range of choices when trying to manage key relationships. This course is designed to help students approach public relations strategically and to apply public relations techniques and theories to communication programs and campaigns. The course will also explore current trends in PR practice and how they influence planning.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COM 207

COM 407 - Public Relations Management

This capstone in Public Relations uses a combination of case studies and service-learning to provide students with an in-depth study of public relations theory and practice. In addition to exploring a particular practice area in greater depth, students work with community organizations on public relations projects to apply what they have learned. Students complete journal assignments throughout the semester that ask them to reflect on both their professional development and understanding of the needs addressed by the community partners with which they work. This course meets ILO 2.2 (reflective thinking and valuing in the discipline)

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Senior Standing

Prerequisites: COM 207, 357, 387

COM 408 - Media and Journalism Practicum

This capstone in Media and Journalism builds upon the skills students have developed throughout their coursework, including planning, writing, production, and editing. Students will synthesize various skills and work as a team to produce multimedia storytelling projects within the local community. Students will have the opportunity to create advanced-level work, cooperate as a team, and reflect on their role as media storytellers. This course meets ILO 2.2 (reflective thinking and valuing in the discipline).

 

 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Senior standing

Prerequisites: COM 306 or 358

COM 415 - Capstone in Applied Interpersonal Communication

With an emphasis on developing communication competence, this capstone in Applied Interpersonal Communication challenges students to apply theoretical and practical understanding of interpersonal communication to professional situations. Students will use problem-based learning to address communication needs. As part of the course, students will reflect on their own communication patterns and will actively develop competencies to increase professional success. This course meets ILO 2.2 (reflective thinking and valuing in the discipline).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Senior standing

Prerequisites: COM 102, 205

COM 461/462/463 - Internship

Students may intern in communication industries. Working approximately 15 hours a week under professional supervision, students learn how to apply their education to the everyday demands of professional positions. The course requires meetings with the faculty supervisor, reflection papers, and interaction and evaluation by the site supervisors.

Number of Credits: 3 credits

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Hybrid

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, 2.75 GPA, and recommendation of the Chair.