• Communication Studies
    Classes in public speaking enhance personal development
  • Communication Studies
    Debate participation improves research skills and improves confidence
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    Experiential learning is an important component of Communication Studies
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    MTSU's Debate Program has a tradition of achievement

Communication Studies

The Princeton Review ranked communication studies as one of the top-ten college majors. MTSU’s program is student-centered with small classes and personal advising. Communication Studies offers flexibility in career choices as well as the opportunity for personal development. Our courses stress developing strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of diverse cultures, improved problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work well in a group as both member and leader. Exciting opportunities in the program include the Experiential Learning Scholars Program (EXL), our internship program, and debate, which is open to all students. Not only does debate improve research skills and boost confidence, it’s a great way to make friends!

Succeeding in the real world

Succeeding in the real world

Dianne Guerrier is off to study in France! The Communication Studies major worked part-time for the National Guard while taking classes at MTSU. As a senior, she is participating in a study-abroad program and taking classes in Caen, France. “Communication Studies has given me the ability to communicate confidently and effectively by providing me with the knowledge of diverse cultures. Classes, such as “Argumentation” and “Tradition and Change in Middle East Communication,” have allowed me to face my fears, challenge myself, and overcome my uncertainties. I am ready to travel the world and meet people from different cultural backgrounds!“ Diane realizes that she can have a great time expanding her horizons and learning important career skills.

A passion for Communication Studies!

A passion for Communication Studies!

Elijah Longwell realized that Communication Studies is a perfect fit with his goals for success in his career and personal relationships. As the incoming president of CRU (formerly named Campus Crusade for Christ) he wanted courses that would help him develop skills to work with people from all backgrounds and in a variety of settings. “Communication Studies courses have given me a toolbox of communication styles to use so that I can adapt to the needs of the situation and person I’m communicating with.”  He also pointed out that when you look for a career, you can learn skills for a specific job but effective communication takes more time and understanding to master. “If you can grasp that (communicating well with others) first, you will be more successful in the future.”

Depending on the combination of elective courses and minor(s), successful Communications Studies graduates can pursue careers in areas as diverse as business, law, education, the government, and non-profits.

Career possibilities include such areas as

  • Bank manager or loan officer
  • Community outreach and education director
  • Counselor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event planner
  • Human resources manager
  • Intercultural and diversity trainer
  • International study abroad director
  • Lawyer
  • Military officer
  • Political campaign strategist
  • Professor
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Recruiter
  • Researcher
  • Trainer
  • University administrator


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Advantage Sales and Marketing
  • Army National Guard
  • Asurion Protection Company
  • Belden Street Music
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Bounce U
  • Broadway Brewhouse
  • DLR Restaurants
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • OSTO 360, LLC
  • Propeller Entertainment Consulting
  • redpepper (an advertising agency)
  • Sam’s Club
  • Shalom Foundation
  • Signal Centers
  • Southwest Airlines
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • University Ridge 

Dr. Mary Beth Asbury
Assistant Professor
marybeth.asbury@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8164
Office | Room 342, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Communication and Identity
Health Information Campaigns
Interviewing and Professional Communication

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Kansas (2011)
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006)
A.B., University of Georgia, Athens (2004)
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Debra Boyd
Instructor
debra.boyd@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2732 
Office | Room 353, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Arts Organizations
Nonprofit Organizations
Performance Studies

Degree Information
M.A., Austin Peay State University (2009)
B.S., Austin Peay State University (2006)
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Dr. Perry Cotham
Associate Professor
perry.cotham@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8157
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Wayne State University, MI (1970)
M.A., Wayne State University, MI (1966)
B.A., Lipscomb University, TN (1964)
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Stephen Decker
Instructor
steve.decker@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-8108 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.T.H., Dallas Theological Seminary (1984)
B.S., Tennessee Tech University (1973)
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Dr. Andrew Dix
Instructor
andrew.dix@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-904-8015 
Office | Room 254, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (2012)
M.A., Southern Illinois University (2007)
B.A., Western Illinois University (2001)
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Dr. Kaylene Gebert
Professor
kaylene.gebert@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5263
Office | Room 220, Martin Honors College (HONR)
Mail | MTSU Box 267, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Administrative Leadership
Crisis Communication
Performance Studies
Student Affairs

Degree Information
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington (1980)
B.A., Hanover College, IN (1966)

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Melicent Homan
Instructor
melicent.homan@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8464
Office | Room 367, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., University of Cincinnati (2004)
M.A., University of  Cincinnati (1999)
B.S., Emporia State University, KS (1992)
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Bethany Hoppe
Instructor
bethany.hoppe@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2739 
Office | Room 316, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Gender Studies
Performance Studies

Degree Information
M.A., Edinboro University Of PA (1998)
B.A., Edinboro University Of PA (1994)
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Dr. Jennifer Jackson 
Instructor
jennifer.jackson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7975 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Performance Studies
Gender Studies

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Memphis, TN (2012)
M.A., University of Cincinnati, OH (2007)
B.A., Otterbein College, OH (2003)
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Dr. Yang Kim
Associate Professor 
yang.kim@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8756 
Office | Room 257, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Diversity in Organizations
Intercultural Communication

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (2003)
M.D.V., Southeastern Baptist Theol Sem, NC (1997)
M.A.COMM, Southwestern Baptist Theol Sem, TX (1995)
B.A., Hankuk University (1984)

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Lori Kissinger
Instructor
lori.kissinger@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2640 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Arts Organizations
Community Involvement
Conference Planning
Fundraising
Nonprofit Organizations
VSA State Director

Degree Information
M.A., Indiana State University, Terre Haute (2001)
L.S., Indiana University, Bloomington (1989)
B.S., University of Southern Indiana (1984)
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Dr. Jessica Kratzer
Assistant Professor
jessica.kratzer@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8033
Office | Room 255, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Interpersonal Communication

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Missouri Columbia (2011)
M.A., University of Cincinnati, OH (2004)
B.A., Northern Kentucky University (2002)
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Natonya Listach
Lecturer
natonya.listach@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5176
Office | Room 320, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Western Kentucky University (2006)
B.A., Belmont University, TN (2003)
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Dr. Janet K. McCormick
Associate Professor
janet.mccormick@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8208
Office | Room 324, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Consulting, Teamwork
IABC and BPW Liaison
International Organizations
Interviewing
Training and Development

Degree Information
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1995)
M.A., Eastern Illinois University (1988)
B.A., Eastern Illinois University (1987)
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Margaret McCree
Assistant Professor
peg.mccree@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8686
Office | Room 259, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Colorado State University, Ft Collins (1971)
B.A., Colorado State University, Ft Collins (1969)

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Dr. Toy Lisa Mitchell
Assistant Professor
toy.mitchell@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8127 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.E.D., Vanderbilt University, TN (2012)
Ph.D., University of Kentucky (2005)
M.D.V., Southern Baptist Theology Seminary, KY (2000)
B.A., Western Kentucky University (1995)
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Marsha Ann Plemons
Instructor
marti.plemons@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2640 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.S., Indiana State University, Terre Haute (1972)
B.S., East Tennessee State University (1971)
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Dr. Patrick Richey
Assistant Professor | Debate Coach
patrick.richey@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2273
Office | Room 312, Keathley University Center (KUC)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, MI (2012)
M.A., Stephen F Austin State University, TX (2007)
B.A., Louisiana College, LA (2005)

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Dr. Linda Seward
Professor
linda.seward@mtsu.edu

Office | Room 251, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Intercultural Communication, Persuasion

Degree Information
Ph.D., Purdue University Main Campus (1991)
M.A., San Diego State University (1983)
B.A., University of North Texas (1978)

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Dr. Xiaowei Shi
Assistant Professor
xiaowei.shi@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7958 
Office | Room 253, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Supervisory Communication Relationship Communication

Degree Information
Ph.D., Purdue University Main Campus (2009)
M.A., De Paul University, IL (2003)
B.A., Beijing Language & Culture University (1997)
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Dr. Sharon Smith
Assistant Professor | Speech Department Coordinator
sharon.smith@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5601 
Office | Room 346, Jones Hall (JH) 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University, TN (1989)
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1979)
B.S., East Tennessee State University (1972)

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Dr. Elizabeth Stephens
Assistant Professor
elizabeth.stephens@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8080 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 82, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Employee Socialization Processes
Health Promotion Campaigns
Teamwork

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Memphis, TN (2010)
M.A., University of Arkansas, Little Rock (2002)
B.A., University of Arkansas, Little Rock (2000)
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Pierre Vincent, Esq. 
Lecturer
pierre.vincent@mtsu.edu

Office | Room 324, Keathley University Center (KUC)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Syracuse University, NY (1989)
J.D., Syracuse University, NY (1988)
M.P.A., Golden Gate University, CA (1983)
B.A., Howard University, DC (1980)
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Rebecca Webb 
Instructor
rebecca.webb@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2640 
Office | Room 312, Keathley University Center (KUC)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Wheaton College, IL (1999)
B.A., Cedarville University, OH (1994)
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The Department of Speech and Theatre offers a major in Speech and Theatre with a choice of two concentrations: Communication Studies or Theatre; one can earn either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Speech and Theatre is also the home department for an interdisciplinary major in Organizational Communication through which one can earn a B.S.

Undergraduate minors in Communication Studies, Dance, Entertainment Arts Design, Organizational Communication, and Theatre are available. There is a graduate minor in Speech and Theatre.

Communication Studies (B.A.) Communication Studies (B.S.) 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Communication Studies (B.A.) Academic Map

Department of Speech and Theatre
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major and minor advisor
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  COMM 23003Must earn 2.00 or higher in all major required courses
MATH (Math)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
Foreign Language 1010 or general elective3See dept./advisor Foreign Language 1020 or general elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3See major advisor COMM 35603See major advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
COMM 32103  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
General elective2  General elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
COMM 46003See major and minor advisor COMM 43203Discuss internship with advisor
COMM 33003  COMM 32203Submit Upper-division and Intent to Graduate forms
COMM elective3  COMM elective3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
COMM elective3See major advisor COMM 46503 
ORCO 32403Internship encouraged COMM 47003 
Minor course 3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  General elective3 
General elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major and minor advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 23003Must earn 2.00 or higher in all major required courses
Foreign Language 1010 or general elective3See dept./advisor Foreign Language 1020 or general elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  COMM 35603See major advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
COMM 32103  General elective2 
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Minor course 3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
COMM 46003See major and minor advisor COMM 43203Discuss internship with advisor
COMM 33003  COMM 32203Submit Upper-division and Intent to Graduate forms
COMM elective3  COMM elective3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
General elective2  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
COMM elective3See major advisor COMM 46503 
General elective3Internship encouraged COMM 47003 
General elective3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  ORCO 32403 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Communication Studies (B.S.) Academic Map

Department of Speech and Theatre
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm) 3See major and minor advisor
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  COMM 23003Must earn 2.00 or higher in all major required courses
MATH (Math)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3See major advisor COMM 35603See major advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
COMM 32103  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
General elective2  General elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
COMM 46003See major and minor advisor COMM 43203Discuss internship with advisor
COMM 33003  COMM 32203Submit Upper-division and Intent to Graduate forms
COMM elective3  COMM elective3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
General elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
COMM elective3See major advisor COMM 46503 
ORCO 32403Internship encouraged COMM 47003 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
General elective3  General elective3 
General elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 23003Must earn 2.00 or higher in all major required courses
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
General elective3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3See major advisor COMM 35603See major advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
COMM 32103  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
General elective2  General elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
General elective3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
COMM 46003See major and minor advisor COMM 4320
3Discuss internship with advisor
COMM 33003  COMM 32203Submit Upper-division and Intent to Graduate forms
COMM elective3  COMM elective3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
General elective3  ORCO 32403 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
COMM elective3See major advisor COMM 46503 
General elective3Internship encouraged COMM 47003 
General elective3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Communication

COMM 2150 - Voice and Diction
3 credit hours
Development of self-confidence, more articulate speech, and effective voice quality through knowledge of the vocal mechanism; classroom drills and individualized instruction.

COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication
3 credit hours
Principles and processes underlying human communication. Communication models; communication purposes and breakdowns; variables related to interpersonal, small group, intercultural, and public communication. Emphasis on public oral communication including research, critical thinking, organization, presentation, and listening. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication
3 credit hours
Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict negotiation, romantic relationships, and diversity.

COMM 3020 - American Religious Communication
3 credit hours
A rhetorical study of the religious communication in America from colonial times to the present.

COMM 3210 - Argumentation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class debating on questions of fact value and policy.

COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or COMM 2300 or permission of instructor. Theories of group dynamics and practical application. Study and practices of leadership in groups as decision-making organizations.

COMM 3225 - Gender Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or COMM 2300 or permission of instructor. Highly participatory class in which critical thinking of values, issues, decision-making paradigms, and traditions in the field of gender communication is expected. Emphasis on individual practical application in personal and professional environments.

COMM 3230 - Advanced Public Speaking
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Application of principles of public speaking through the analysis and criticism of speech structure and delivery of classroom speeches.

COMM 3300 - Communication Theory, Culture, and Films
3 credit hours
Selected communication theories and implications for culture and communication as revealed in films as cultural texts.

COMM 3325 - Great American Speakers
3 credit hours
A rhetorical study of the great American speakers from colonial times to the present. Successful students will gain an understanding of the principles of rhetorical criticism and apply these principles to selected speakers. Students will also gain an appreciation of the impact of public communication upon our society.

COMM 3340 - Interview Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of interviewing and effective communication techniques for employment selection and informative, persuasive, exit, and appraisal interviews.

COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication
3 credit hours
Communication and intergroup relationships between people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States.

COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours
Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary around the world. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people with different norms interact.

COMM 3570 - Tradition and Change in Middle East Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines communication in the Middle East through films, narratives, and cultural studies.

COMM 3580 - Political Communication
3 credit hours
Nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, advocates, and interest groups.

COMM 3620 - Applied Communication
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Field and laboratory experiences for the study of communication.

COMM 3630 - Applied Communication
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Field and laboratory experiences for the study of communication.

COMM 4260 - Independent Study
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and completion of 21 semester hours in communication studies courses. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference.

COMM 4320 - Theories of Persuasive Communication
3 credit hours
Includes theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

COMM 4600 - Communication Research Methods
3 credit hours
Analysis of methodological issues in research on human communication. Designed to teach critical analysis and understanding of how communication researchers develop hypotheses, test and interpret data, and present their findings.  

COMM 4620 - Applied Communication
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Field and laboratory experiences for the study of communication.

COMM 4630 - Applied Communication
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Field and laboratory experiences for the study of communication.

COMM 4650 - History, Theory, and Criticism of Rhetoric
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or COMM 3230. Explores history, theory, and criticism of rhetoric from ancient times to the present.

COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication
3 credit hours
Intensive investigation of the major research methodologies in communication studies; presentation of senior projects and a synthesis of the communication discipline.

COMM 4800 - Special Topics in Communication
1 to 3 credit hours
Meets individual and group needs for advanced study in speech communication. Topic determined at the time of scheduling. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication
1 to 3 credit hours
Practical experience in a professional work setting in a field requiring communication skills. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credit hours with no more than three credit hours earned in one semester.