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Communication Studies

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Undergraduate Studies

Major

Common Emphases in communication studies:

Communication studies majors are given a good deal of choice ­in developing a curriculum that meets their personal, professional and public goals. In other words, our flexible requirements allow students freedom to take electives alongside the courses required for the major. Many majors find this appealing and decide to meet their requirements by taking courses that simply sound interesting to them. Others take a more directed approach, selecting courses that will prepare them for their future careers.

Here are some common emphases in communication, which may help you decide what path you'd like to take as you complete your degree at DU.

**Please note: These are not required paths, but merely informal options to explore if a certain direction appeals to your interests or career path.

Family and Relational Communication

Are you interested in a future career in counseling, clergy or education? Do you want to learn more about how to be a better partner, how to relate better to your parents or siblings now that you're away or how to help folks who are struggling with broken friendships? Professors Mary Claire Morr Serewicz, Elizabeth Suter and Erin Willer study the changing nature of family and relationships within our global society.

Possible courses to take in interpersonal communication:

  • COMN 1100: Communication in Personal Relationships
  • COMN 2140: Dark Side of Relationships
  • COMN 2210: Gender, Communication, Culture
  • COMN 2470: Gender and Communication
  • COMN 3285: Advanced Relational Communication
  • COMN 3300: Principles of Persuasion
  • COMN 3990: Family Communication Capstone

Communication and Culture

Are you interested in a future career in nonprofits, development, education or international business? Do you want to learn more about how to communicate with people of different races, genders, classes and cultural identities? How to be a more ethical participant in the globalized world? Professors Bernadette Calafell and Kate Willink study the ways that cultural differences and power constrain and enable us as communicators.

Possible courses to take in communication and culture:

  • COMN 1600: Communication & Popular Culture
  • COMN 1700: Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
  • COMN 2210: Gender, Communication, Culture
  • COMN 2220: Race and Popular Culture
  • COMN 2470: Gender and Communication
  • COMN 3015: Culture and Pedagogy
  • COMN 3050: Feminism and Intersectionality
  • COMN 3120: Asian Pacific American Communication Studies
  • COMN 3142: Dialogue, Culture and Conflict

Rhetoric and Communication Ethics

Are you interested in a future career in politics, law, clergy, education or non-profits? Do you want to learn more about how to win arguments or how to persuade others ethically and effectively? How to become a more critical participant in the information economy? Professors Christina Foust, Joshua Hanan, Darrin Hicks and Roy Wood study how ordinary (and extraordinary) people have used the art of public persuasion to change policy, set precedents or operate democratically in the world. They also study how representations in public discourse and popular culture form the basis for persuading others.

Possible courses to take in rhetoric and communication ethics:

  • COMN 1600: Communication & Popular Culture
  • COMN 2030: Social Movement Rhetoric
  • COMN 2040: Inventing America
  • COMN 2300: Fundamentals of Argumentation
  • COMN 2400: Landmarks in Rhetorical Theory
  • COMN 3800: Philosophies of Dialogue
  • COMN 3850: Communication Ethics

Organizational Communication

Are you interested in a career in business, human resources, public relations or advertising? Do you want to learn more about how to market yourself in the changing economy? How to communicate in workplace teams or give better presentations? Communication studies faculty explore the meaning of work and help students practice the communication skills that they'll need to do well at any job.

Possible courses to take in organizational communication:

  • COMN 1550: Communication in the Workplace
  • COMN 1200: Small Group Communication
  • COMN 3285: Advanced Relational Communication
  • COMN 3300: Principles of Persuasion

Forms for majors:

Communication Studies Major Progress Review Form (PDF)