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Communication Studies

Communication Minor

The communication minor enables students to learn how to write and listen effectively, as well as acquire skills in presentation, understand the role of communication in various settings, identify theories and models of communication, and be conversant in mass media concepts and practices.

This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the communication major. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Communication Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

COMM 2100 - Mass Media (3 credits)

An examination of the impact of technology on the way we receive and process information and images, the basic legal and economic structure of the mass media, historical precedents and events of mass media, the new cultural forms that have emerged from mass media, and the nature and implications of developing media technologies. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

COMM 2300 - Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of communication across cultural boundaries and the role of diversity in interpersonal, public, and mass communication. Students will study communication differences across cultures and the importance of being rhetorically sensitive when communicating with diverse audiences. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

COMM 3110 - Communication Theory (3 credits)

This course focuses on different theories of communication at the levels of interpersonal, public, and mass communication. Students will learn numerous perspectives on the role and value of human interaction from fundamental communication theories and models to contemporary theoretical approaches for understanding the connection between human communication and human behavior. Prerequisites: One COMM course at or above the 2000 level and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

COMM 3500 - Media Regulation (3 credits)

A survey of media policy and regulation emphasizing issues of libel, free speech, privacy, confidentiality of information and sources, as they pertain to mass media, advertising, and public relations. Prerequisites: One COMM course at or above the 2000 level and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

COMM 3600 - Persuasion (3 credits)

Students will learn theories and strategies relevant to the study of public persuasion and social influence. Topics will focus on the role of persuasion in public address, advertising, business, politics, government, and social movements. Students will study the tools and techniques used to understand audiences for the purposes of marketing communication messages. Prerequisites: One COMM course at or above the 2000 level and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

SPCH 1010 - Public Speaking (3 credits)

Training and practice in the fundamentals of public speaking, including audience analysis, topic development, research, organization, language use, and delivery. 

SPCH 2000 - Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 credits)

This course surveys major concepts, theories, and research in the study of human communication. The course assists students in developing knowledge and skills in the development of their own communication competence. The course covers basic human communication processes in the contexts of interpersonal, group/team, and public communication. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

SPCH 3120 - Speech Communication for the Professions (3 credits)

Emphasis on public communication skills required of the person in business and/or professional settings. Topics include business interviews, public speaking, presentation aids, listening, team communication, and cultural diversity in the workplace. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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