Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 EIU Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies Department

Communication Studies (B.A.)



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The Communication Studies major prepares our students to be effective and ethical communicators in their professional, relational, and cultural roles. Our students learn to critique and create messages in multiple contexts. We emphasize the intersection of theory and practice as the foundation for problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and understanding the diversity of communication practices.

Option areas in the Communication Studies major:

Corporate Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication
Communication in Organizations (online)

Corporate Communication Option


Semester hours required for the BA in Communication Studies: Corporate Communication Option: 45

Communication is identified as one of the top skills required for any organization. The option provides students with the knowledge, values, perspectives and skills necessary to understand the roles, functions, strategies, and management of positions within organizations with high communication demands.

Option Electives: 9 hours


Corporate Communication students may select any CMN prefix course as an elective. Other electives are available, selected in consultation with an advisor.

Interpersonal Communication Option


Semester hours required for the BA in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Option: 45

This option is designed for students who are interested in developing knowledge, skills, and abilities that facilitate effective communication in personal, professional, and group contexts. Option core requirements examine interpersonal communication processes of influence, support, conflict, and intimacy among friends, family, romantic partners, and in the workplace. Graduates with an Interpersonal Communication Option are particularly well-prepared for positions which require working with individuals and groups from varying backgrounds, with differing needs and interests, and where the goals of communication are to inform/explain, influence, and/or negotiate resolution of problems or disputes. Interpersonal Communication students can tailor the program so as to prepare themselves for work in multiple or multi-faceted communicative environment (e.g., as an advisor, educator, mediator, liaison, change agent in profit, non-profit, and national and international contexts.

Option Electives: 9 hours


Interpersonal Communication students may select any CMN prefix course as an elective. Other electives are available, selected in consultation with an advisor.

Mass Communication Option


Semester hours for the BA in Communication Studies: Mass Communication Option: 46

Success in today’s rapidly evolving media industries requires a solid foundation in the liberal arts, a comprehensive training in media theory, and introductory skills in media production as traditional communication channels overlap and converge. The Mass Communication option helps students to learn how to think critically about the ways in which mass communication influences society, and helps them become informed, critical consumers of media. Special focus is given to how mediated communication influences our understanding of political and social life, and our understanding of our place in a world that has become increasingly smaller.

Option Electives: 9 hours


Mass Communication students may select any CMN prefix course as an elective. Other electives are available, selected in consultation with an advisor.

Communication in Organizations Option (Online)


Semester hours required for the BA in Communication Studies: Communication in Organizations Option: 46

This online degree completion program will help students enhance their marketability in today’s professional environment through the integration of theory and practice and the development of relational and organizational communication skills. Individuals who are proficient communicators are more valuable in contemporary organizations that are increasingly global, team-based, and feature flatter hierachical structures. This option is designed for online delivery to meet the needs of place-bound students, including working adults who want to finish their Bachelor’s degree to help with career advancement.

Communication in Organizations Electives: 12 hours


(Selected in consultation with an advisor)

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