Description of the Communication Major
The Communication major in the Communication and Theatre Arts Department prepares students to design, adapt, and analyze mediated and interper sonal messages appropriate for specific audiences in a variety of settings. The students enrolled in this program will be able to create and critique persuasive arguments and conduct research. The liberally educated Communication major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators and the historical and contemporary contexts of the field.
The Requirements of the Communication Major
The Communication Major requires 42 credits in Communication and Theatre Arts. The major includes the following 26-credit core: Investigative Writing, Media Literacy, Intercultural Communication or Study Abroad, Argumentation, Media Criticism, Persuasion, an upper division Advanced Writing class, and any film class.
The remaining 16 credits (8 of which must be upper division) allow students to design their own emphases, such as film, journalism, or rhetoric.
Communication Major Outcomes
Admission to the Communication Major
Students apply for a Communication major at the end of the sophomore year; they are expected to have a 2.3 (C+) average in three CTA courses. Each candidate appears before a review panel of CTA faculty for informal evaluation prior to admission. Prior to the interview, students must submit an essay about the chosen major and three samples of graded work. Students who are less than one calendar year from graduation are not admitted to the major. Students must choose a minor from another area, or a 20-credit directed course of study, a self-designed minor, or second major in consultation with their CTA advisor. The Department will deny admission to the major for poor performance in the interview, a poorly written essay, or failure to comply with the deadline for application to the major.
Twenty credits in Media Literacy, Intercultural Communication, Persuasion and two additional 4-credit CTA electives with at least one upper-division course. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all required CTA classes for this minor.