Summer 2013 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Arts and Sciences

+ Communication

School of Media and Communication
302 West Hall, 419-372-8349

The Department of Communication's mission is to generate and share knowledge about human communication in a variety of social contexts and to teach applications for ethical and effective interaction in personal and professional settings. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in organizational settings, responsible citizenship, critical thinking about communication phenomena in society, as well as advanced studies in the field of communication. We offer courses covering human communication in a variety of contexts, which are reflected in the department's three areas of emphasis: 1) Relational Communication, 2) Intercultural and Global Communication, and 3) Rhetoric and Public Communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in communication are expected to:

  • Recognize the importance of communication across three related areas of emphasis: a) relational communication, b) intercultural/global communication, and c) rhetoric and public communication;
  • Understand core communication theories and concepts and be prepared to apply them in their daily lives;
  • Demonstrate competence in theories and concepts from one of the three areas of emphasis (i.e., relational communication, intercultural/global communication, rhetoric and public communication) and be prepared to apply them in their daily lives;
  • Evaluate communication research studies critically;
  • Research, develop, organize, and deliver effective and ethical written and oral presentations.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (36 hours) — minor required —2.5 GPA and C grades or better required for Major Requirements, Area of Emphasis, and COMM Electives— click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements

Major Requirements (18 hours)

Area of Emphasis (choose one for 9 hours)

Relational Communication
Intercultural and Global Communication

Rhetoric and Public Communication

COMM Electives: 9 hours of COMM coursework (excluding COMM 1990, 3060, 3990, 4890, 4900, 4910)

Minor (21 hours)

  • COMM 1020 and COMM 2010 (6)
  • THFM 2020 or TCOM 1030 (3)
  • COMM electives (12) (excluding COMM 1990, 3990, 4890, 4900, or 4910)

Major, Bachelor of Arts in Communication (48 hours) —2.5 GPA and C grades or better required for Major Requirements, Area of Emphasis, and COMM Electives— click click to view course requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements

In addition to satisfying the degree requirements of the B.A.C., students in Communication must complete the following:

Area of Emphasis (choose one for 9 hours):

Relational Communication
Intercultural and Global Communication
Rhetoric and Public Communication

COMM Electives: COMM 3000 + 12 hours of COMM coursework (excluding COMM 1990, 3060, 3990, 4890, 4900, 4910

Additionally, each student must complete a career focus (24 hours) with a grade of C or better in each course taken as part of the career focus. The specific courses used to fulfill the career focus must define an occupational area. Career foci have been developed in communication research, culture, international communication, organizational communication, performance studies, pre-law, pre-ministry, promotions and advertising, sales communication, and social services. Students may also design their own career focus with the approval of their advisor and the department. Students may include one course for their major in groups IV, V, or VI.

Students enrolled in the Communication B.A.C. major must earn a grade of C or better in each Group I course to remain in the program. Students must also complete COMM 1020 before they can take most other COMM courses. Students must also complete COMM 2010 before they can take most 3000- and 4000-level courses. These requirements apply to majors and non-majors on the main campus, with the exception of communication majors in the Colleges of Education and Human Development and BGSU Firelands, unless they seek admission to the Communication program on the main campus.