Communication Major: The College at Brockport

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Description

The Communication Studies major explores human communication in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, professional, public, mediated, and cross-cultural settings, and examines the social influence of language and media. Students investigate a variety of communication practices with learning experiences in theory, history, criticism, application, and performance.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in communication.

Program Requirements

Students studying the major in communication pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Students must complete 36 credits in the program, with at least 21 credits in courses numbered 300–499. The student majoring in communication, in addition to completing the 15-credit communication studies required core and the 6-credit core skills, must select one of the three 15-credit specialties offered in the major. At least 15 of the 36 credits in communication studies must be taken at Brockport. In addition, students must complete a course of study in a disciplinary area outside the Department of Communication. Typically, students complete a minor (normally 18-21 credits) or a second major (normally 30-36 credits).

In lieu of a minor or second major in another discipline, students may elect, with department approval, a contractual program consisting of a minimum of 18 credits of courses in an area not identified as a formal minor or major at Brockport. Study of a foreign language other than Spanish or French (in which minors are offered), bilingual-multicultural studies or foreign cultural studies are encouraged for such a program.

Students must complete CMC 201 Public Speaking with a grade of "C" or higher.

Required Core (15 credits)

  • CMC201 Public Speaking
  • CMC202 Principles of Communication
  • CMC211 Protest and Social Change
  • CMC273 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMC473 Theories of Communication
  • CMC492 Theories of Rhetoric

Core Skills (6 credits- choose any two)

  • CMC309 Speech Composition and Presentation
  • CMC312 Argumentation and Debate
  • CMC316 Interpersonal Communication in Business & the Professions
  • CMC317 Interviewing
  • CMC415 Dynamic Speaking in Professional Contexts
  • CMC475 Communication Internship
  • CMC483 Communication Training and Development

Specialization: Complete ONE of the following three specialization areas (15 credits)

In chosen specialization, choose any two of the three foundation courses, then any three electives from anywhere within that specialization.

Option 1: Relationships and Social Identity

Foundation (choose any two)

  • CMC418 Intercultural Communication
  • CMC479 Conflict Management Through Communication
  • CMC480 Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Electives (choose any three)

  • The third foundation course from above
  • CMC377 Organizational Communication
  • CMC419 Freedom of Expression
  • CMC472 Group Leadership
  • CMC478 Advanced Organizational Communication

Option 2: Leadership and Civic Engagement

Foundation (choose any two)

  • CMC377 Organizational Communication
  • CMC410 Speakers, Campaigns & Movements
  • CMC472 Group Leadership

Electives (choose any three)

  • The third foundation course from above
  • CMC319 Propaganda & Persuasion
  • CMC411 Rhetorical Criticism
  • CMC417 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age
  • CMC418 Intercultural Communication
  • CMC419 Freedom of Expression

Option 3: Influence and Persuasion

Foundation (choose any two)

  • CMC319 Propaganda & Persuasion
  • CMC411 Rhetorical Criticism
  • CMC491 Social Influence

Electives (choose any three)

  • The third foundation course from above
  • CMC410 Speakers, Campaigns & Movements
  • CMC417 Political Rhetoric in the Information Age
  • CMC419 Freedom of Expression
  • CMC479 Conflict Management Through Communication
  • CMC480 Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Communication Studies program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze communication theories, principles, and/or practices in order to improve critical thinking and communication skills.
  2. Apply communication theories, principles, and/or practices to a variety of mediums and audiences.
  3. Deliver effective oral and/or mediated messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  4. Deliver written messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  5. Critically evaluate messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  6. Employ skills and principles needed to perform effectively in their professional, personal, and/or civic lives.
  7. Communicate in ways that value people and groups from diverse backgrounds.
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