Buena Vista University

Communications Studies

The ability to effectively communicate is among the most widely applicable life and career skills you can develop. It can help you land a job and keep it. It can help you advance your career and maintain personal relationships. All that we do conveys important information about ourselves to others.  It isn’t just professional mediums like newspapers and websites that carefully focus their messages to reach specific audiences. The way you speak with your friends, for example, is different than the way you speak to your family or your teachers. Learning to carefully consider and craft the messages we send is of paramount importance in the information age.

The communication studies program provides a base for furthering your understanding of human interaction and how to shape the messages you convey when you speak and write. It offers classes that focus on specialized aspects of communication, such as communication in groups, leadership, public speaking, and organizational communication. Whether you get a thrill from a good debate or want to sharpen your listening ear, the communication studies program can help you develop your interpersonal communication skills.

Key Personality Traits:

Courses of study

Major in Communication Studies: 42 credit hours

COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 180 Communication Perspectives
COMM 225 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking or COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
COMM 442 Communication Theory
COMM 462 Communication Research Methods
COMM 495 Internship

Plus 18 credit hours of COMM courses to include:

COMM 300 Argumentation or COMM 355 Conflict Management
COMM 340 Civic Communication or COMM 350 Organizational Communication Theory and Practice
COMM 370 Leadership Communication or COMM 374 Interviewing
And 9 additional credits from COMM coursework

Recommended support work:

DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
DIGI 230 Introduction to Integrated Communications
DIGI 330 Integrated Media Campaigns
GDES 223 Graphic Design Foundations
MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 110 Ethics
PHIL 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
A business minor is highly recommended

Minor in Communication Studies: 21 credit hours

COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 180 Communication Perspectives
COMM 225 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
  or COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
An additional 6 hours of COMM courses 300 or above (one course must be from among COMM 350 Organizational Communication Theory and Practice, COMM 370 Leadership Communication, or COMM 442 Communication Theory)

Major Communication Studies & Theatre with teaching licensure (5-12): 30 credit hours

COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 300 Argumentation
COMM 355 Conflict Management
DIGI 210 Media and Society
THEA 110 Introduction to the Theatre
THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 260 Oral Interpretation of Literature
THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
THEA 411 Dramatic Literature
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

*Note: Because of limited placement options for secondary communication studies/theatre student
teachers, the candidate must complete a second teaching major.

Minor in Communication Studies & Theatre With Teaching Licensure (5-12): 24 credit hours

COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 300 Argumentation
DIGI 210 Media and Society
THEA 110 Introduction to the Theatre
THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 260 Oral Interpretation of Literature
THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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