🔍 menu
Thiel College
in this section

Return to majors and programs Request Info

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Communication studies at Thiel College is a traditional liberal arts degree like English, history, or philosophy. It is not a general communications degree and does not prepare students for careers in media, Internet, journalism, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, public relations or advertising. Students interested in those careers should major in one or two of the department’s other majors.

Human communication is a transactional process in which persons share meaning. The communication studies major includes a variety of courses including public speaking, small group and organizational communication, persuasion, rhetorical theory, and intercultural communication. Students can become more proficient thinkers and speakers as they learn the theories and skills associated with human communication, whether in their professional, personal, economic or civic lives.

The communication studies major prepares students for a wide variety of jobs in which sound human communication skills are especially significant and necessary. It also prepares students for graduate study in communication. Again, this major is not the best, nor sufficient, preparation for any career in any area of media (such as Internet, TV, or journalism) or marketing (such as public relations or advertising).

A student who graduates with a major in communication studies will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and skills as a critical communication producer and consumer.
  • be prepared for employment in entry-level positions requiring communication-oriented skills and theoretical knowledge.
  • demonstrate competence in resolving ethical issues in effective communication.

Major Requirements (45 CH)

  • COMM 171 Introduction to Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 175 History of Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 181 Public Speaking (3 CH)
  • COMM 225 Interpersonal Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 250 Small Group Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 265 Communication and Gender (3 CH)
  • COMM 281 Media Literacy (3 CH)
  • COMM 300 Persuasion (3 CH)
  • COMM 321 Organizational Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 331 Intercultural Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 440 Communication Theory (3 CH)
  • COMM 455 Media Law & Regulation (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH)
  • Choose one (3 CH) — COMM 155 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications, COMM 220 Introduction to Online and Print Journalism, COMM 235 Announcing or COMM 495 Research Methods

Major Requirements for students enrolled spring 2016 or earlier (42 CH)

  • COMM 171 Introduction to Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 181 Public Speaking (3 CH)
  • COMM 225 Interpersonal Communication (3 CH) or COMM 331 Intercultural Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 250 Small Group Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 300 Persuasion (3 CH) or COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH)
  • Communication electives (24 CH)