Communication Studies - B.A.

College of Communication and Information
School of Communication Studies
135 Taylor Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2659
comm@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/comm


Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies comprises six concentrations:

  • Applied Communication is a unique strategic communication concentration in which students take courses not only in Communication Studies but in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Visual Communication Design. Students in this concentration gain expertise in organizational communication, advanced public speaking, professional writing, and visual design. Courses in the concentration teach students not only how to do the work of a professional communication specialist but also the theories that explain why certain messages are most effective for different types of audiences. Students also have the opportunity to learn how newer communication media such as the Internet, social networking sites and text messaging are changing the workplace. Applied Communication graduates leave Kent State University prepared for professional communication careers in non-profit organizations, health care organizations, small businesses and governmental agencies.
  • Global Communication has changed life on social, cultural and political levels. Communication technologies are changing how people learn, create and process information; how people interact and relate; how people work; how organizations are run; and how people view themselves and others in the world. Meanwhile, distance, time and language barriers, while reduced by new forms of global communication, must still be dealt with effectively. Now that a majority of industries operate globally, there is a demand for communication professionals with a global perspective who have the theoretical, analytical, and practical skills to understand communication across cultures and in culturally diverse environments around the globe, and who can play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates. Students take courses in all four schools in the College of Communication and Information to prepare for careers in public information, community relations, communication management, government, non-governmental organizations, public institutions, nonprofit agencies and businesses operating with a global perspective. Students also take courses with an international focus from outside the College of Communication and Information to help them develop a more global perspective and a better understanding of cultures different from their own.
  • Health Communication plays critical roles in health and risk behavior, health care, health promotion and actual health outcomes. In the past decade, the importance of health communication has been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services as critical to the nation's health promotion and disease prevention agenda. Health communication addresses areas such as: how health care providers communicate with their patients and how patients can be empowered in these interactions; the power of media messages to affect understandings of risk, health, illness and disease, and health care professionals; the influence of everyday conversations in health and risk behavior; the impact of traditional and new media in health; and designing effective messages to reduce risk, prevent disease and promote health. Students in the health communication concentration take courses such as Health Communication; Communication in Health Care; Everyday Interpersonal Communication; Health, Communication, Aging and Culture; and Health Communication and Media. Education and training in health communication enhances marketability for jobs as communication specialists in health, health care, and health promotion, including positions in pharmaceutical sales, patient advocacy, non-profit health-related organizations, health agencies, patient support teams, health promotion and patient relations.
  • Interpersonal Communication - What are the most effective strategies for face-to-face and small-group communication? How do you interpret the nonverbal behaviors you see and hear during the act of communication? Whether you are concerned about personal communication with friends and loved ones or interpersonal communication in a business setting, interpersonal communication is an excellent concentration for students interested in understanding and improving their interpersonal communication skills and knowledge. Not all interpersonal communication is done in a traditional face-to-face setting. Students have the opportunity in this concentration to learn about the role of the Internet, social networking sites, text messaging and other new media forms in the interpersonal communication process. Students also have the opportunity to study communication in families, in personal relationships and across the lifespan. This is an excellent concentration for students interested in sales, human resources, counseling, or teaching.
  • Organizational Communication -  Almost every college graduate will eventually go to work for an organization. The organizational communication concentration gives students the opportunity to study organizational culture and the ways in which communication occurs in organizations. Students in this concentration also take course work in business and professional communication, communication in teams, and organizational training and development. The concentration teaches students how to function effectively in an organizational setting – how to work with others and make sure they are communicating their own messages clearly and receiving clear information from others.  Many students in this concentration go on to careers in training and development, human resources, or sales.  This concentration also explores the latest technological developments in organizational communication, including teleconferencing, telecommuting, and social networking.
  • Public Communication - We all watch television, go to movies, use a wide variety of Internet sites, send text messages and tweets, listen to the radio, read magazines and newspapers. We’re bombarded daily by advertising messages. Why do we choose to use certain types of media and not others, or pay more attention to some media messages than others? Public Communication is a great concentration for students interested in these kinds of questions. Students in Public Communication study media uses and effects, freedom of speech, persuasion and social influence, and the role of media in our personal, political, and professional lives. This is an excellent concentration for anyone interested in working on political, health, or other media campaigns, attending law school or working as a lobbyist.
Study Abroad/ Study Away: There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's coordinator of International Study Programs. A study-abroad experience is required in the Global Communication concentration.

Fully Offered At:

  • Applied Communication concentration only
    • Ashtabula Campus
    • East Liverpool Campus
    • Kent Campus
    • Salem Campus
    • Stark Campus
    • Trumbull Campus
    • Tuscarawas Campus
  • Global Communication, Health Communication, Public Communication concentrations only
    • Kent Campus
  • Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Communication concentrations only
    • Kent Campus
    • Stark Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the uses, functions, and effects of communication in interpersonal, global, health, organizational and public settings.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
COMM 20000FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 13
Communication Diversity Electives, choose from the following:3
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM) 2
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG) 3
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3-5
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one from each) 29
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 46
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:77
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned. Students must successfully complete a grammar competency requirement within the first 20 credits of the major and before enrolling in the required writing-intensive course associated with the major. Students will be provided one opportunity to fulfill this major requirement while enrolled in COMM 20000. Students, who do not earn a score of 680 or better, must complete COMM 21000 and earn a C or better in the course in order to fulfill the grammar requirement.

2

Students who choose COMM 26000 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts. Students who do not choose COMM 26000 will need to fulfill 9 credit hours of Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts.

3

Students in the Global Communication concentration must take COMM 35852.

4

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • The School of Communication Studies generally will approve dual concentrations for Communication Studies students as long as there are at least 12 credit hours of coursework in the concentration elective courses exclusively applied to each concentration (resulting in a total of 24 credit hours of unique concentration electives across the two concentrations). Students must also complete all of the other concentration requirements specific to each concentration, in addition to differentiating their major elective courses across the two concentrations. If one of the dual concentration choices is either the Applied or the Global Communication concentration, students may select courses from across the College of Communication and Information in their elective choices for completing that part of the dual concentration. Any other duplicative course requirements for the two concentrations beyond the requirements specified above may be double counted when completing a dual concentration option.
    Students electing a dual concentration must meet with an advisor to plan an individualized plan of study that meets these requirements before the dual concentration option will be approved for that student. Any changes made to the program of study also must be approved by an advisor, or the student may not be allowed to graduate with this option.

Applied Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-APCO]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM 35864ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 13
COMM 45807HIGH IMPACT PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING 3
COMM 46092PRACTICUM IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (ELR) (min C grade)3
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 23
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
VCD 37000VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
Communication Electives 315
JMC Electives, choose from the following:3
ADVERTISING WRITING AND STORYTELLING
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA MESSAGES
WRITING ACROSS PLATFORMS
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Writing Electives, choose from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
PRINCIPLES OF TECHNICAL WRITING
PROFESSIONAL WRITING
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 429
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

3

Must be from the College of Communication and Information; minimum 6 credit hours must have course subject JMC and/or VCD; and 9 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, COMM 45093, COMM 45095 and COMM 45196.

4

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA. For the Applied Communication concentration the following subjects are calculated in the major GPA: CCI, COMM, IAKM, JMC, LIS and VCD.

Global Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-GLBL]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 45766COMMUNICATION IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY 3
COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 13
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Writing-Intensive Electives, choose from the following: 23
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC)
CCI Global Communication Electives, choose from the following: 318
COMMUNICATION THEORY
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
MEDIA, WAR AND PROPAGANDA
COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN INTERACTION
COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT
COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC)
LANGUAGE, MEANING AND COGNITION
ELEMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA MESSAGES
MULTIMEDIA TECHNIQUES
RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT IN ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING
PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS
PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHY BASICS
VIDEOGRAPHY BASICS II
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
PROGRAMMING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
BROADCAST PERFORMANCE
COMPUTER ASSISTED REPORTING
COMPARATIVE MEDIA SYSTEMS
FILM AS COMMUNICATION
TELEVISION GRAPHICS
DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING
COMMUNICATING WITH COLOR
COLOR:THEORY AND APPLICATION
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN RESEARCH
VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED
GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES (WIC)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Foreign Language Requirement 414
Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Requirements 5
Any approved Diversity course with Global Focus, choose from the following: 615
POLITICS OF CULTURE (ELR) (WIC)
SOCIO-CULTURAL CHANGE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
CRIME AND JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE
COMPARATIVE JUSTICE SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
WORLD ENGLISHES (DIVG) (WIC)
PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVG)
AFRICAN LITERATURES (DIVG)
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
WORLD WAR II
CHINESE CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF JAPAN
ZIONISM AND ISRAEL
HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
LATE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN JEWISH HISTORY
HISTORY OF AFRICAN CIVILIZATION
EARLY LATIN AMERICA
NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY, 1914-1945
MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY:1945-PRESENT
HISTORY OF GERMANY, 1871-PRESENT
IMPERIAL RUSSIA, 1689-1917
MODERN RUSSIA, 1917-PRESENT
HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA
HISTORY OF AFRICA, 1880-PRESENT
COLLOQUIUM:CHINA AND JAPAN (WIC)
GLOBAL LITERACY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS
FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
AFRICAN LITERATURES (DIVG)
PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVG)
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH (DIVG)
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
PROBLEMS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION
EUROPEAN POLITICS (DIVG)
POLITICS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND LAW
NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
REGULATORY POLICY
POLITICS OF WAR
POLITICS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (DIVD)
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM (DIVG)
SPORT IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 712
Approved Study Away Experience (credits awarded under other categories) 8
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

2

Minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

12 credit hours must be upper division. Some courses may require prerequisites or departmental approval. The student is responsible for completing required prerequisites or obtaining departmental approval.

4

Foreign Language Requirement: the 14 credit hour foreign language requirement equals three to four semesters, depending on the language selected. The 14 credit hours must be in one language and it must be a living, spoken language. Students may instead demonstrate an equivalent level of proficiency. Students with foreign language experience should consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for appropriate placement. Students are required to begin meeting the foreign language requirement by their third semester of full-time enrollment (that is, no later than upon completing 30 credit hours) and are required to continue to enroll for foreign language courses until the requirement has been completed.

5

6 credit hours must be upper-division. Some courses may require prerequisites or departmental approval. The student is responsible for completing required prerequisites or obtaining departmental approval.

6

Visit the global diversity courses in this catalog for the full list. COMM 35852 will not fulfill this requirement.

7

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA. For the Global Communication concentration, the following subjects are calculated in the major GPA: CCI, COMM, IAKM, JMC, LIS and VCD.

8

Study Away Experience: Students are required to complete an approved study away experience, ranging from one week to a full semester. The College of Communication and Information is committed to assisting students with financial support for the study away experience. The study away experience is waived for international students.

Health Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-HCMM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
COMM 26501INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM 45902COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC) 13
COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
Communication Electives 212
Health Communication Electives, choose from the following:9
COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH CARE
COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
EVERYDAY INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 33
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 432
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Must be from Communication Studies; and 9 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, COMM 45093, COMM 45095 and COMM 45196.

3

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

4

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA.

Interpersonal Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-IPCM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 20001INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM 40001ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 13
COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
Communication Electives 212
Interpersonal Communication Electives, choose from the following:9
COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
LANGUAGE, MEANING AND COGNITION
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
FAMILY COMMUNICATION
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in majoer GPA)
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 33
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 432
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Must be from Communication Studies; and 9 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, COMM 45093, COMM 45095 and COMM 45196.

3

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

4

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA.

Organizational Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-ORCM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 25863BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM 35600COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS 3
COMM 35864ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 13
COMM 45865ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 3
COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
Communication Electives 215
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 33
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 432
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Must be from Communication Studies; and 12 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, COMM 45093, COMM 45095 and COMM 45196.

3

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

4

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA.

Public Communication Concentration Requirements

[CI-BA-COMM-PCMM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
COMM 26001PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY 3
COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM 45006MEDIA USE AND EFFECTS 3
COMM 45007FREEDOM OF SPEECH 3
COMM 45902COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC) 13
COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
Communication Electives 215
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 33
or JMC 20003 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 432
Minimum Total Credit Hours:77
1

A minimum C grade is required to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Must be from Communication Studies; and 12 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, COMM 45093, COMM 45095 and COMM 45196.

3

Students who choose JMC 20001 to fulfill a concentration requirement will need to fulfill 3 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science. Students who do not choose JMC 20001 will need to fulfill 6 credit hours of Kent Core Social Science.

4

Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA.

Roadmaps

Applied Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!COMM 25902 COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
COMM 26000
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
or INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
or GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
3
JMC 20004
ADVERTISING WRITING AND STORYTELLING
or FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA MESSAGES
or WRITING ACROSS PLATFORMS
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
VCD 37000 VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
COMM 30000 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!COMM 35864 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 3
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or PRINCIPLES OF TECHNICAL WRITING
or PROFESSIONAL WRITING
3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Requirement: JMC 20004 or JMC 20005 or JMC 26001; and VCD 37000 and COMM 35864 must be completed before taking (or taken in the same semester as) COMM 46092 in semester 8  
COMM 45807 HIGH IMPACT PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46092 PRACTICUM IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (ELR) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Global Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language Requirement 4-5
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Foreign Language Requirement 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
COMM 35852 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG) 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Foreign Language Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Electives 3
Foreign Language Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Note: This semester is open to allow for a study away experience, but students are encouraged to select the best time for study away based on their academic goals. Students are required to complete an approved study away experience, ranging from one week to a full semester. The College of Communication and Information is committed to assisting students with financial support for the study away experience. The study away experience is waived for international students.  
General Electives 12
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
COMM 45766 COMMUNICATION IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY 3
COMM 35864
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
or ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC)
or COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC)
3
CCI Global Elective 3
Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
CCI Global Elective 6
Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
CCI Global Elective 9
Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Health Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!COMM 25902 COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
COMM 26501 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 26000
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
or INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
or GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
3
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
COMM 30000 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
COMM 36501
COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH CARE
or COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
or HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
or EVERYDAY INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH
3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!COMM 45902 COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC) 3
COMM 36501
COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH CARE
or COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
or HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
or EVERYDAY INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH
3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
COMM 36501
COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH CARE
or COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE
or HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
or EVERYDAY INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH
3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
General Electives 11
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Interpersonal Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!COMM 25902 COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!COMM 20001 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 26000
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
or INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
or GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!COMM 30000 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Interpersonal Communication Electives 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Interpersonal Communication Electives 3
COMM 40001 ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Interpersonal Communication Electives 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
General Electives 11
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Organizational Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!COMM 25902 COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
COMM 25863 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 26000
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
or INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
or GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
3
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
COMM 30000 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
COMM 35600 COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!COMM 35864 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (WIC) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
COMM 45865 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Public Communication Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!COMM 20000 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
JMC 20001
MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!COMM 25902 COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
COMM 26001 PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY 3
COMM 26000
CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM)
or INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DIVG)
or GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)
3
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
COMM 30000 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
COMM 45006 MEDIA USE AND EFFECTS 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
COMM 45007 FREEDOM OF SPEECH 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
COMM 45902 COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 46091 SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
COMM Concentration Electives 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120