Speech Communication- Bachelor of Arts

At the time of publication, the Department of Communication was involved in a significant revision of its curriculum. For more information, contact the speech communication area of the Department of Communication, 162 Bachelor Hall (513-529-7472).

Speech communication is the study of how our sense of social and individual reality is created through human communication processes. Through in-depth study of communication theories, methodologies, and contexts, we explore how communication is included in the development, maintenance, and termination of relationships in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and public contexts. Specific focus options are described in Program Options below.

Special Admission Requirements

Enter the program as a pre-communication major and take these three courses:

COM 134 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)

COM 135 Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (3)

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

Students may apply for admission to the major (which is selective) after taking the three pre-major courses and after completing 30 hours. Admission is based on cumulative GPA and pre-major GPA Requirements are subject to change, so check the department website for current information.

Internship

Qualified speech communication majors are encouraged to participate in internships. Speech communication area faculty select internship recipients; criteria include, but are not restricted to, GPA (minimum 2.75 overall and 3.00 in all classes taken for the major), academic preparation for the particular internship, junior or senior standing, and faculty recommendations. Internship application procedures should be completed by February 12 for summer, by June 11 for fall semesters, and by October 14 for spring semester. Speech communication area faculty are not obligated to provide all students with internships.

Program Options

This major has two areas of focus: interpersonal/relational communication and organizational communication. Both lead to the A.B. with a major in speech communication. You must have written approval from your adviser for your specific area of focus.

Program Requirements: Interpersonal/Relational Communication

The objective of this focus is to create a detailed understanding of how people use verbal and nonverbal communication to define, negotiate, and change their relationships. This focus increases awareness of key variables, including individual differences (e.g., personality and demographic factors) and cultural/social influences (e.g., AIDS, computer technology) on various types of relationships (e.g., professional, romantic, family). A thorough, systematic examination of relevant theory and research regarding interpersonal/relational communication is offered. This focus is intended for students planning to enter graduate programs in speech communication (and related disciplines) and/or to apply this knowledge to their personal and professional lives.

Major Degree Requirements

(46 semester hours)

Pre-major courses

COM 134 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)

COM 135 Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (3)

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

Communication theory

COM 239 Theories of Communication (3)

Research Methods

Choose TWO of the following:

ISA 205 Business Statistics (4)* or

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3) and

COM 262 Communication Research (3)

* Prerequisite for COM 262

Context Area

Choose NINE hours from the following:

COM 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)

COM 231 Small Group Communication (3)

COM 281 Mediated Sexualities (3)

COM 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)*

COM 339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)

COM 428 Communication in Conflict Management (3)

COM 434 Nonverbal Communication (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

* Required course

Culture and Diversity

Choose ONE of the following:

COM 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)

COM 212 Media Representation (3)

COM 281 Mediated Sexualities (3)

COM 282 Sexualities and Film (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

COM 446 Media Globalization (3)

COM 461 Gender, Sexuality and Media (3)

Elective

Take one additional COM course

Note: You may count a course in one category only.

Related Hours (12 required)*

AMS 392 Sex and Gender in American Culture (3)

ATH 265 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (4)

ATH 301 Intercultural Relations (3)

ATH 331 Social Anthropology (3)

EDL 334 Youth Subcultures, Popular Culture, and the Non-Formal Education (3)

EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3)

EDP 356 Human Development (3)

FSW 261 Diverse Family Systems Across Life Cycle (3)

FSW 262 Current Controversies (4)

FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families (3)

FSW 312 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)

FSW 361 Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change (3)

FSW 381 Parent/Child Relationships in Diverse Families (3)

FSW 461 Marital Distress and Divorce: Implications for Family Life Professionals (3)

FSW 464 Perspectives on Close Relationships (3)

FSW 466 Later Life Families (3)

FSW 475 Family Theories (3)

FSW 498 Critical Thinking About Family Relationships (4)

GTY 472 Race, Ethnicity & Aging (3)

ITS 301 Intercultural Relations (3)

MGT 291 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3)

MGT 303 Human Resource Management (3)

MGT 381 Managerial Development Seminar (3)

MGT 405 Labor Relations and Conflict Management (3)

MGT 415 Leadership and Learning (3)

PHL 312 Contemporary Moral Problems (4)

PSY 221 Social Psychology (3)

PSY 241 Personality (3)

PSY 325 Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience (3)

PSY 326 Psychology of Women (3)

PSY 328 Psychology of Stigma and Victimization (3)

PSY 344 Analysis of Interpersonal Behavior in Small Groups (3)

SOC 203 Sociology of Gender (3)

SOC 221 Human Sexuality (3)

SOC 258 Self and Society (3)

SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

SOC 361 Sociology of Families (3)

SOC 448 The African American Experience (3)

SOC 463 Gender and Aging (3)

SPA 233 Perspective of the Human Face (3)

Program Requirements: Organizational Communication

The purpose of this focus is to prepare students to understand, explain, and predict how communication affects organizational systems and performance. Students are encouraged to apply communication theories and methods to a variety of organizational issues. Students gain a better understanding of how people interact to perform tasks, how communication can be improved in the organization, and how the organization can be improved through communication.

Major Degree Requirements

(46 semester hours)

Pre-major courses

All of these:

COM 134 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)

COM 135 Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (3)

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

Communication theory

COM 239 Theories of Communication (3)

Research Methods

Choose TWO of the following:

ISA 205 Business Statistics (4)* or

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3) and

COM 262 Communication Research (3)

* Prerequisite for COM 262

Context Area

These TWO:

COM 339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)

COM 439 Advanced Organizational Communication (3)

Choose ONE of the following:

COM 231 Small Group Communication (3)

COM 259 Introduction to Strategic Communication and Public Relations (3)

COM 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

COM 428 Communication in Conflict Management (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

COM 443 Media Economics (3)

Culture and Diversity

Choose ONE of the following:

COM 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)

COM 281 Mediated Sexualities (3)

COM 282 Sexualities and Film (3)

COM 436 Intercultural Communication (3)

COM 446 Media Globalization (3)

COM 461 Gender, Sexuality and Media (3)

Elective

Take one additional COM course

Note: You may count a course in one category only.

Related Hours (12 hours required):

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 385 Government and Business (3)

EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3)

EDP 301 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (3)

EDP 356 Human Development (3)

ENG 315 Business Writing (3)

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3)

ISA 235 Information Technology and the Intelligent Enterprise (3)

ISA 281 Application Development Tools and Environment (3)

MGT 291 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3)

MGT 302 Operations Management (3)

MGT 303 Human Resource Management (3)

MGT 381 Managerial Communication and Consulting (3)

MGT 402 Employment Law (3)

MGT 404 Compensation Management (3)

MGT 405 Labor Relations and Conflict Management (3)

MGT 406 Staffing Organizations (3)

MGT 414 Motivation and Work (3)

MGT 415 Leadership and Learning (3)

MGT 416 Organizational Change Management (3)

MKT 291 Principles of Marketing (3)

POL 261 Public Administration (4)

POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics (3)

POL 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

POL 381 Global Governance (3)

POL 468 Public Personnel Administration (3)

PSY 262 Business Psychology (3)

SOC 305 Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization (3)

SOC 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)

SOC 417 Economy and Society (3)

SOC 454 Formal Organization (3)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Communication meet the CAS writing requirement by completing the following courses: For Speech COM: COM 262 and 439; for Strategic COM: COM 262 and 459; and for Media and Culture: COM 213 and any Media and Culture course at the 400 or higher level.

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