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The Communication Major

Communication is fundamentally about message-sending and meaningmaking. Students, therefore, will seek to understand the way in which both verbal and nonverbal symbols are used to shape the world. At its essence, the study of communication is anchored in language use and study; it is highly compatible with the literary emphases of the Department of English.

While the field embraces technical and social science dimensions, its content is philosophically rooted in the humanities. While some courses attend to the communication process, most focus on other dimensions of human activity and endeavor. A major would provide a comprehensive, grounded program for consistent study and research. Communication study, by its nature, is interdisciplinary and will enhance student ability to relate concepts and principles they encounter as they pursue the core curriculum and any electives they select.

Communication Major Requirements: Students in the Communication major must take a minimum of 10 courses, as specified below.

Foundational Courses.  Students must complete the courses listed below.

  • EN110 Introduction to Human Communication
  • EN115 Introduction to Mediated Communication

Oral Communication Requirement.  Students must complete one of the following classes related to oral communication.

  • EN221 Public Speaking
  • EN222 Oral Interpretation
  • EN261 Beginning Acting 

Written Communication Requirement.  Students must complete one of the following classes related to written communication.

  • EN207 Advanced Composition
  • EN216 Principles and Practices of Journalism
  • EN218 Media Writing
  • EN307 Special Topics in Writing (with advisor approval)

Visual Communication Requirement. Students must complete one of the following classes related to visual communication.

  • EN325 Special Topics in Communication: Media Criticism
  • EN325 Special Topics in Communication: Modes of Film
  • FAH260 The Cinematic Eye: A History of Film to 1945
  • FAH262 Contemporary Film: 1945-Present
  • FAS270 Visual Communication

Textual Analysis Requirement. Students must complete one of the following classes related to textual analysis.

  • EN240 Studies in Postmodern British Literature
  • EN243 Studies in Postmodern American Literature
  • EN245 Introduction to African-American Literature
  • EN251 Shakespeare
  • EN252 Milton
  • EN255 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
  • EN345 Progress and Nostalgia: Mid-Victorian Britain in History and Literature
  • EN363 Topics in the History of the Theatre 

Special Topics Classes:

  • EN333 Medieval Literature
  • EN334 Sixteenth Century
  • EN335 Seventeenth Century
  • EN336 Eighteenth Century
  • EN337 Romantic Period
  • EN338 Victorian Period
  • EN339 Twentieth Century
  • EN340 Postmodern British Literature
  • EN341 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • EN342 Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • EN370 Irish Literature
  • EN373 Literary Genres

Theory Requirement.  Students must complete one of the following classes related to the theories of communication.

  • EN310 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • EN315 Communication Theory 

Elective Requirement. Students must complete two of the courses listed below.

  • CS205 Fundamentals and Issues of Using the Internet
  • CS250  Human-Computer Interaction
  • BU223 Organizational Behavior
  • BU231  Principles of Marketing
  • BU232 Integrated Marketing Communication
  • BU233 Consumer Behavior
  • EN325 Special Topics in Communication
  • EN330 Political Communication
  • EN355 Introduction to General Linguistics
  • EN400 Independent Study
  • EN481-482 Internship
  • FAH101 Introduction to Art
  • FAH360 History of Photography
  • FAS272 Digital Art & Imaging I
  • FAS274 Graphic Design I
  • FAS376 Art and Design for the Web
  • FAS212   Special Topics: Illustration
  • FAS356   Special Topics: Mixed Media
  • FAS375   Special    Topics: Typography and Design
  • MU242 Studies in Film Music
  • PH214    Contemporary Philosophy
  • PH320  Critical Thinking
  • PH321     Formal Logic
  • PH336 Aesthetics
  • MU242 Studies in Film Music
  • PH214    Contemporary Philosophy
  • PH320  Critical Thinking
  • PH321     Formal Logic
  • PH336 Aesthetics
  • PO102 American Politics
  • PO104 Comparative Politics
  • PO106 International Relations
  • PO208 Elements of Political Theory Classical
  • PO209 Elements of Political Theory Modern
  • PO248 Public Policy Process
  • PO345 Public Administration
  • PO354 Media and Politics
  • PY201 Organizational Psychology
  • PY209 Political Psychology
  • PY211 Cross Cultural Psychology
  • PY315 Social Psychology
  • SO206 Social Problems
  • SO218 Individual & Society
  • SO229 Mass Media
  • SO330 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO342 Social Stratification: Structures of Social Inequality
  • SO344 Political Sociology
  • TH372 Christian Social Ethics

Capstone Requirement.  As a requirement for graduation, Communication majors must write and defend a senior thesis (done within the Senior Seminar course) and take a written comprehensive examination which tests aspects related to oral, written, verbal and visual communication, as well as communication theory. Students must successfully complete the Communication Senior Seminar (EN470).

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
EN 105 Freshman English / Core EN 105 / Core
EN 110 / EN 115 EN 110 / EN 115
Lab Science Core
Sophomore Year
Core Core
Core Core / Elective
Oral or Written Requirement Oral or Written Requirement
Visual or Textual Requirement Visual or Textual Requirement
Junior Year
Core Core
Core / Elective Core / Core Elective
Theory Requirement / Major Theory Requirement / Major Elective
Elective / Major Elective Elective / Major Elective
Senior Year
EN 470 Core / Elective
Core / Elective Core / Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective