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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! 


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Dianne Guerrier studied in France! The Communication major worked part-time for the National Guard while taking classes at MTSU. As a senior, she participated in a study-abroad program and took 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 realized she could have a great time expanding her horizons and learning important career skills.

A passion for Communication!

A passion for Communication!

Elijah Longwell realized that Communication Studies is a perfect fit with his goals for success in his career and personal relationships. 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.”


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Depending on the combination of elective courses and minor(s), successful Communications majors 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 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Communication degrees. Additionally, students must select a concentration in Culture and Social Influence, Health Communication, or Organizational Communication. The major is 45 student credit hours of coursework and students have the option of selecting a minor.

Culture and Social Influence (CSI) Concentration

The major in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Social Influence (CSI)equips students to understand communication in various significant social contexts.Through hands-on experiences and critical analysis, students learn the dynamics of communication that influence family and romantic relationships, intercultural interactions, rhetoric, and public dialogue. Classes in CSI utilize and build on concepts, theories, and methods of study covered in core communication classes while developing a deeper focus on identities, culture, and power. These experiences prepare students for success in a variety of fields including public relations, community engagement, ministry, politics, diversity consulting, business administration, college admissions, and many others. Students will also be prepared for the option of graduate studies. CSI graduates apply their analytical and critical thinking strengths along with improved verbal and written communication skills to make a difference in their workplaces and communities.

Health Communication Concentration

The major in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication equips students to understand communication as it applies to various health contexts and  to be advocates for themselves and others in health-related experiences.  Health Communication combines the skills, concepts, theories, and processes we talk about in our core communication classes and uses them to advance health and well-being.  Students will emerge ready for successful careers in a variety of fields, such as health administration, public health, crisis and risk management, health education, patient advocacy, care coordination, and other opportunities both within and outside of the health sector.  Students will also be prepared for the option of graduate studies.  Acknowledging the dynamic landscape of health, students will learn critical communication skills by engaging with communication research about health theories, organizations, experiences, relationships, and technology.

Organizational Communication Concentration

The major in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication directs student attention toward experiencing and analyzing communication dynamics in the context of organizational life. Students will become organizational agents of change as they learn verbal, written, and listening skills, work in teams, understand organizational culture, and engage in organizational leadership and conflict management activities. Through these experiences, students will be prepared for careers in corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. Courses such as Interviewing, Introduction to Organizational Communication, Communication in the Global Workplace, Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers, Communication in Nonprofit Organizations, Conflict in Communication, and Consulting and Auditing will equip Org Comm students to transition into dynamic workforce or to pursue graduate studies.  Org Comm graduates are prepared to advise organizations with improvement to the many facets of human communication.

 

 

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.A.

Communication, Culture and Social Influence Concentration, B.A.

Communication Studies 
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Social Influence emphasizes communication skills that will help students make a difference in their careers, personal lives, and communities. This concentration allows flexibility in areas of emphasis as students analyze varying perceptions and values, develop rhetorical skills, and deepen their understanding of personal relationships. The degree offers entry into a wide range of careers, graduate studies, community service, and personal development.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours     Major Core   (18 hours)     CSI Concentration   (9 hours)     CSI Electives   (12 hours)     Major Electives   (6 hours)Foreign Language Requirement6 hoursOptional Minor/Electives28 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Culture and Social Influence Concentration (9 hours)

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

Culture and Social Influence Electives (12 hours)

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200 with C or better; junior standing. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

  • COMM 3225 - Gender Communication

    3 credit hours

    Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Students will expand their perspectives of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

  • COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication

    3 credit hours

    Overviews contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Includes theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200. Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300 or COMM 3300. Applies interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Topics may include lying, gossip, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

     

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior status. Examines identity and difference as they relate to rhetoric and communication processes. Focuses on symbols, relationships, and dynamics that impact how racial, gender, sexual, and other identities are communicatively constructed, negotiated, and performed.  

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite or prerequisite: COMM 3300. Examines individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; junior standing. Examines contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Topics may include the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in media contexts.

  • COMM 4420 - Stigma, Disability, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines communicative processes that surround and constitute disability and stigma. Topics may include different types of disabilities, cultural discourses and stigma, historical framing of disabilities, organizational disparity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and critical perspectives on disability and difference.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Rotating topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

  • Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

  • Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Optional Minor/Electives (28 hours)

Curriculum: Communication, Culture and Social Influence

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Foreign language or elective 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • CSI elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • CSI elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • CSI electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

  • COMM major elective 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.S.

Communication, Culture and Social Influence Concentration, B.S.

Communication Studies 
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Social Influence emphasizes communication skills that will help students make a difference in their careers, personal lives, and communities. This concentration allows flexibility in areas of emphasis as students analyze varying perceptions and values, develop rhetorical skills, and deepen their understanding of personal relationships. The degree offers entry into a wide range of careers, graduate studies, community service, and personal development.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours     Major Core   (18 hours)     CSI Concentration   (9 hours)     CSI Electives   (12 hours)     Major Electives   (6 hours)Optional Minor/Electives34 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Culture and Social Influence Concentration (9 hours)

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

Culture and Social Influence Electives (12 hours)

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200 with C or better; junior standing. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

  • COMM 3225 - Gender Communication

    3 credit hours

    Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Students will expand their perspectives of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

  • COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication

    3 credit hours

    Overviews contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Includes theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200. Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300 or COMM 3300. Applies interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Topics may include lying, gossip, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

     

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior status. Examines identity and difference as they relate to rhetoric and communication processes. Focuses on symbols, relationships, and dynamics that impact how racial, gender, sexual, and other identities are communicatively constructed, negotiated, and performed.  

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite or prerequisite: COMM 3300. Examines individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; junior standing. Examines contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Topics may include the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in media contexts.

  • COMM 4420 - Stigma, Disability, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines communicative processes that surround and constitute disability and stigma. Topics may include different types of disabilities, cultural discourses and stigma, historical framing of disabilities, organizational disparity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and critical perspectives on disability and difference.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Rotating topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

  • Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Optional Minor/Electives (34 hours)

Curriculum: Communication, Culture and Social Influence

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/Fa) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/Fa) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    Hum/FA OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:Hum/FA OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    Hum/FA(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:Hum/FA 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • CSI elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • CSI elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • CSI electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

  • COMM major electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.A. 

Communication, Organizational Communication Concentration, B.A.

Communication Studies  
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication directs student attention toward experiencing and analyzing communication dynamics in the context of organizational life. Students will observe, reflect, and become organizational agents of change through writing grants, conducting training sessions, and participating in communication auditing and consulting projects.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours     Major Core   (18 hours)     CSI Concentration   (12 hours)     CSI Electives   (9 hours)     Major Electives   (6 hours)Foreign Language Requirement6 hoursOptional Minor/Electives28 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Organizational Communication Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overviews professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

 

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

 

  • COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

  • COMM 4500 - Organizational Communication Consulting and Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Applies the tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

Organizational Communication Electives (9 hours)

  • COMM 3050 - Listening  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3050 - Listening

    3 credit hours

    Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

  • COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication

    3 credit hours

    Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

  • COMM 3260 - Communication in Healthcare Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication in healthcare organizations. Topics may include organizational processes, difference in healthcare organizations, and evaluation of healthcare organizational communication.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace  3 credit hours  
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    (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite or prerequisite: COMM 3300. Examines individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Rotating topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

  • Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Optional Minor/Electives (28 hours)

Curriculum: Communication, Organizational Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overviews professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Organizational Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • Organizational Communication electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

  • COMM 4500 - Organizational Communication Consulting and Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Applies the tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

 

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

  • COMM major electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.S.

Communication, Organizational Communication Concentration, B.S.

Communication Studies 
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication directs student attention toward experiencing and analyzing communication dynamics in the context of organizational life. Students will observe, reflect, and become organizational agents of change through writing grants, conducting training sessions, and participating in communication auditing and consulting projects.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours  Major Core   (18 hours)  Major Electives   (27 hours)Optional Minor/Electives34 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Organizational Communication Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overviews professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

 

  • COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

  • COMM 4500 - Organizational Communication Consulting and Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Applies the tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

 

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

Organizational Communication Electives (9 hours)

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3050 - Listening  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3050 - Listening

    3 credit hours

    Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

  • COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication

    3 credit hours

    Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

     

  • COMM 3260 - Communication in Healthcare Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication in healthcare organizations. Topics may include organizational processes, difference in healthcare organizations, and evaluation of healthcare organizational communication.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite or prerequisite: COMM 3300. Examines individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Rotating topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Optional Minor/Electives (34 hours)

Curriculum: Communication, Organizational Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overviews professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

 

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Organizational Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • Organizational Communication electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4500 - Organizational Communication Consulting and Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Applies the tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

  • COMM major elective 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.A.

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.A.

Communication Studies 
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication offers students preparation to understand communication as it applies to various health contexts and learn to be advocates for themselves and others in health experiences. Students will emerge ready for successful careers in a variety of health-related fields and will be prepared for the option of graduate studies. Acknowledging the dynamic landscape of health, students will learn critical communication skills by engaging with communication research about health theories, organizations, experiences, relationships, and technology.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours     Major Core   (18 hours)     Health Communication Concentration   (12 hours)     Health Communication Electives   (9 hours)     Major Electives   (6 hours)Foreign Language Requirement6 hoursOptional Minor/Electives28 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Health Communication Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 3110 - Relationships in Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores associations between social relationships and health outcomes with a specific focus on communication behaviors.

  • COMM 3410 - Patient Provider Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews communication practices and implications involved in the patient-health provider relationship. Topics may include health literacy, interpersonal interactions between patient and provider, communicating to populations with health disparities, and methods/interventions concerning the improvement of the patient-provider experience.

  • COMM 3760 - Health Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews theoretical development and implementation of health communication theories from traditions and perspectives that may include bio-medical, social construction, social-processing, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, health knowledge development, privacy management, and health persuasion.

Health Communication Electives (9 hours)

Select 9 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3260 - Communication in Healthcare Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication in healthcare organizations. Topics may include organizational processes, difference in healthcare organizations, and evaluation of healthcare organizational communication.

  • COMM 3470 - Health Risk Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores how communication professionals can create and implement communication plans and best practices related to ordinary health risk and health hazards.

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4340 - The Dark Side of Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 3750 and junior status. Overviews research on aversive interpersonal behaviors in health contexts. Application of communication strategies to address topics such as addiction, abuse, and sex.

  • COMM 4360 - Health Communication Technology and Social Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines research on the history, impacts, and use of communication technology on human health experiences and healthcare delivery.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; junior standing. Examines contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Topics may include the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in media contexts.

  • COMM 4420 - Stigma, Disability, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines communicative processes that surround and constitute disability and stigma. Topics may include different types of disabilities, cultural discourses and stigma, historical framing of disabilities, organizational disparity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and critical perspectives on disability and difference.

  • COMM 4440 - Social Support Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores benefits and challenges associated with communicating social support. Topics may include the various types of support, sources of support, helpful and unhelpful messages, coping strategies, and perspectives related to the study of social support.

  • COMM 4750 - Narrative Health and Medicine

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2400; junior standing. Examines approaches to health communication that center storytelling in human experience. Includes topics such as narrative medicine, personal illness experiences, family health narratives, cultural narratives in organizations, and health narratives in media.

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

  • JOUR 3050 - Principles of Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences. 

  • HLTH 3240 - Foundations of Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

  • SW 4640 - Health: Organizations, Policy, and Ethics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4640.) A resource allocation assessment of U.S. health care systems. Applied ethics topics (i.e., justice, virtue, and informed consent) included.

Major Electives (6 hours)

  • Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

  • Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Optional Minor/Electives (28 hours)

Curriculum: Communication, Health and Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign language 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign language or elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3110 - Relationships in Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores associations between social relationships and health outcomes with a specific focus on communication behaviors.

  • COMM 3760 - Health Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews theoretical development and implementation of health communication theories from traditions and perspectives that may include bio-medical, social construction, social-processing, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, health knowledge development, privacy management, and health persuasion.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3410 - Patient Provider Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews communication practices and implications involved in the patient-health provider relationship. Topics may include health literacy, interpersonal interactions between patient and provider, communicating to populations with health disparities, and methods/interventions concerning the improvement of the patient-provider experience.

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • COMM major elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • COMM major elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.S.

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.S.

Communication Studies 
Ron Kates, interim department chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication offers students preparation to understand communication as it applies to various health contexts and learn to be advocates for themselves and others in health experiences. Students will emerge ready for successful careers in a variety of health-related fields and prepared for the option of graduate studies. Acknowledging the dynamic landscape of health, students will learn critical communication skills by engaging with communication research about health theories, organizations, experiences, relationships, and technology.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Health Communication Concentration, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirement45 hours     Major Core   (18 hours)     CSI Concentration   (12 hours)     CSI Electives   (9 hours)     Major Electives   (6 hours)Optional Minor/Electives34 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (18 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

Health Communication Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 3110 - Relationships in Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores associations between social relationships and health outcomes with a specific focus on communication behaviors.

  • COMM 3410 - Patient Provider Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews communication practices and implications involved in the patient-health provider relationship. Topics may include health literacy, interpersonal interactions between patient and provider, communicating to populations with health disparities, and methods/interventions concerning the improvement of the patient-provider experience.

  • COMM 3760 - Health Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews theoretical development and implementation of health communication theories from traditions and perspectives that may include bio-medical, social construction, social-processing, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, health knowledge development, privacy management, and health persuasion.

Health Communication Electives (9 hours)

Select 9 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3260 - Communication in Healthcare Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Explores communication in healthcare organizations. Topics may include organizational processes, difference in healthcare organizations, and evaluation of healthcare organizational communication.

  • COMM 3470 - Health Risk Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores how communication professionals can create and implement communication plans and best practices related to ordinary health risk and health hazards.

  • COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry

    3 credit hours

    Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

  • COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • COMM 4340 - The Dark Side of Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 3750 and junior status. Overviews research on aversive interpersonal behaviors in health contexts. Application of communication strategies to address topics such as addiction, abuse, and sex.

  • COMM 4360 - Health Communication Technology and Social Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines research on the history, impacts, and use of communication technology on human health experiences and healthcare delivery.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; junior standing. Examines contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Topics may include the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in media contexts.

  • COMM 4420 - Stigma, Disability, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines communicative processes that surround and constitute disability and stigma. Topics may include different types of disabilities, cultural discourses and stigma, historical framing of disabilities, organizational disparity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and critical perspectives on disability and difference.

  • COMM 4440 - Social Support Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores benefits and challenges associated with communicating social support. Topics may include the various types of support, sources of support, helpful and unhelpful messages, coping strategies, and perspectives related to the study of social support.

  • COMM 4750 - Narrative Health and Medicine

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2400; junior standing. Examines approaches to health communication that center storytelling in human experience. Includes topics such as narrative medicine, personal illness experiences, family health narratives, cultural narratives in organizations, and health narratives in media.

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

  • JOUR 3050 - Principles of Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences. 

  • HLTH 3240 - Foundations of Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

  • SW 4640 - Health: Organizations, Policy, and Ethics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4640.) A resource allocation assessment of U.S. health care systems. Applied ethics topics (i.e., justice, virtue, and informed consent) included.

Major Electives (6 hours)

  • Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Optional Minor/Electives (34 hours)

Recommended Curriculum: Communication, Health Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
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    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

     

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3110 - Relationships in Health Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores associations between social relationships and health outcomes with a specific focus on communication behaviors.

  • COMM 3760 - Health Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews theoretical development and implementation of health communication theories from traditions and perspectives that may include bio-medical, social construction, social-processing, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, health knowledge development, privacy management, and health persuasion.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3410 - Patient Provider Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews communication practices and implications involved in the patient-health provider relationship. Topics may include health literacy, interpersonal interactions between patient and provider, communicating to populations with health disparities, and methods/interventions concerning the improvement of the patient-provider experience.

  • COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • COMM major elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

  • Health Communication elective 3 credit hours
  • COMM major elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 13 Hours

 

Communication

COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication
3 credit hours

Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

COMM 2140 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces theories and processes pertaining to organizational communication; topics may include communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships.TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

COMM 2400 - Introduction to Health Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces an overview of health communication processes, theories, research, and career options.

COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

COMM 2800 - Topics in Communication
3 credit hours

Rotating introductory topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

COMM 3050 - Listening
3 credit hours

Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

COMM 3110 - Relationships in Health Communication
3 credit hours

Explores associations between social relationships and health outcomes with a specific focus on communication behaviors.

COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2200 with C or better; junior standing. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication
3 credit hours

Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

COMM 3225 - Gender Communication
3 credit hours

Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to professional environments, and develop professional relationships.

COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Explores theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

 

COMM 3260 - Communication in Healthcare Organizations
3 credit hours

Explores communication in healthcare organizations. Topics may include organizational processes, difference in healthcare organizations, and evaluation of healthcare organizational communication.

COMM 3300 - Communication Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2100. Overviews traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics may include interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

 

COMM 3340 - Interviewing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overviews professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication
3 credit hours

Explores communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Students will expand their perspectives of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication
3 credit hours

Overviews contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Includes theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

COMM 3410 - Patient Provider Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews communication practices and implications involved in the patient-health provider relationship. Topics may include health literacy, interpersonal interactions between patient and provider, communicating to populations with health disparities, and methods/interventions concerning the improvement of the patient-provider experience.

COMM 3470 - Health Risk Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores how communication professionals can create and implement communication plans and best practices related to ordinary health risk and health hazards.

COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

COMM 3580 - Political Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2200. Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300 or COMM 3300. Applies interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Topics may include lying, gossip, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

 

COMM 3730 - Qualitative Communication Research and Inquiry
3 credit hours

Knowledge and application of qualitative methods to understand, critique and analyze the value of communication research; topics may include interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, exploring ethical issues in research, and writing qualitative research reports.

COMM 3740 - Critical Methods in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 3300. Overviews multiple methods and approaches for analyzing rhetoric, public communication, and public culture. Students will expand their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to develop effective written arguments.

COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300; corequisite/prerequisite: COMM 3300. Explores quantitative methodologies used to study human communication, focusing on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

COMM 3760 - Health Communication Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Overviews theoretical development and implementation of health communication theories from traditions and perspectives that may include bio-medical, social construction, social-processing, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, health knowledge development, privacy management, and health persuasion.

COMM 3810 - Topics in Culture and Social Influence
3 credit hours

Rotating topics in communication, culture, and social influence. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

COMM 3820 - Topics in Organizational Communication
3 credit hours

Rotating topics in organizational communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

COMM 3830 - Topics in Health Communication
3 credit hours

Rotating topics in health communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.

COMM 3920 - Lying and Deception
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 3750. Explores the study of lying and deception in social science. Topics may include truth and ethics, applications may include interpersonal relationships, business and organizational communication, family communication, and digital media.

COMM 3990 - Instructional Communication for Human Resource Trainers
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2200; junior standing. Examines communication training as a tool for human resource development in organizations, enabling preparation and implementation of training workshops and programs for professional development.

COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior status. Examines identity and difference as they relate to rhetoric and communication processes. Focuses on symbols, relationships, and dynamics that impact how racial, gender, sexual, and other identities are communicatively constructed, negotiated, and performed.  

COMM 4200 - Communication in the Global Workplace
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2140. Critical examination of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

COMM 4260 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of department. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

COMM 4320 - Persuasion
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

COMM 4340 - The Dark Side of Health Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 3750 and junior status. Overviews research on aversive interpersonal behaviors in health contexts. Application of communication strategies to address topics such as addiction, abuse, and sex.

COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication
3 credit hours

Corequisite or prerequisite: COMM 3300. Examines individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors.

COMM 4360 - Health Communication Technology and Social Media
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines research on the history, impacts, and use of communication technology on human health experiences and healthcare delivery.

COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300; junior standing. Examines contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Topics may include the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in media contexts.

COMM 4420 - Stigma, Disability, and Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Examines communicative processes that surround and constitute disability and stigma. Topics may include different types of disabilities, cultural discourses and stigma, historical framing of disabilities, organizational disparity and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and critical perspectives on disability and difference.

COMM 4440 - Social Support Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400. Explores benefits and challenges associated with communicating social support. Topics may include the various types of support, sources of support, helpful and unhelpful messages, coping strategies, and perspectives related to the study of social support.

COMM 4500 - Organizational Communication Consulting and Auditing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Applies the tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2100, COMM 2300, COMM 3300, COMM 3740, and COMM 3750; senior standing. Summary of the Communication major, including the preparation and submission of an eportfolio of course-related products, reflective essays, completion of an exit exam, and exit survey reflecting the Student Learning Outcomes of the Communication major. Also explores graduate topics including career options, graduate school, and civic living.

COMM 4750 - Narrative Health and Medicine
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2400; junior standing. Examines approaches to health communication that center storytelling in human experience. Includes topics such as narrative medicine, personal illness experiences, family health narratives, cultural narratives in organizations, and health narratives in media.

COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Rotating topics in communication. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

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Dr. Ron Kates
Interim Chair
Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu
615-898-2595

Dr. Patrick Richey
Debate Team Coach

Patrick.Richey@mtsu.edu
615-898-2273

Who is My Advisor?

Karen Austin (A-L)
Karen.Austin@mtsu.edu
615-494-7648 | JH 115

Sarah Morris (M-Z)
Sarah.Morris@mtsu.edu
615-904-8180 | JH 113

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Department of Communication Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 200
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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