Department of Communication Studies

Main Departmental Office

Terrill Hall, 235

P.O. Box 305268

Denton, TX 76203-5268

(940) 565-2588

Fax: (940) 565-3630

Web site: www.comm.unt.edu

John S. Gossett, Chair

Faculty

Professor Wheeless. Associate Professors Allison, Bruner, Gossett. Assistant Professors Byers, Taylor.

Introduction

Communication studies examines communication in human affairs and the symbolic processes through which humans interact. The curriculum is designed to facilitate student mastery of theory and research, to enhance communication skills, and to enhance student preparation for a variety of careers or for graduate study. Many communication graduates pursue careers in teaching, consulting, organizational administration and management, training and development, and speech writing. Others find communication to be a useful major in preparing for law, the ministry, politics, and community relations.

The department offers coursework in rhetorical, performance and social science traditions. Students are afforded opportunities to explore communication from applied and theoretical perspectives in a variety of settings including traditional classroom and organizations as well as co-curricular activities. Coursework features the investigation of communication in organizational, interpersonal, aesthetic, health, cultural, legal, political and international contexts. Among the topics that students will encounter in their undergraduate program are gender and diversity issues, social influence, ethics, narrative and cultural studies.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts,

Master of Arts, and

Master of Science, all with a major in communication studies.

Bachelor of Arts

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements. Students wishing to major in communication studies should consult an adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Office, Terrill Hall, Room 227.

2. Major Requirements: A total of 37 semester credit hours as follows.

3. Minor Requirements: Majors are required to complete a minor of at least 18 hours, including 6 advanced, from another department, or an interdisciplinary minor.

4. Electives: See four-year plan.

5. Other Requirements: A student who has completed 90 hours with at least a 3.5 grade point average is eligible to write a Senior Honors Thesis. Students who elect this option are expected to complete their theses in the course of a single semester.

Majors must observe the system of prerequisites for upper level courses.

Minor in Communication Studies

The minor in communication studies requires a total of 19 semester hours, at least 6 advanced, including COMM 1010 (a 3-hour course that must be taken before enrolling in other COMM courses) and COMM 3010 (a 1-hour course that must be taken prior to or concurrent with a student's first enrollment in upper-
division COMM courses). The core hours must be taken before enrolling in any of the 15 additional hours of course work. Minors must observe the system of prerequisites for upper-level courses.

Departmental advisers are available for consultation on the minor in communication studies.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach communication in secondary schools must earn a major and degree in their academic discipline and complete required courses in secondary education. Students must apply for the teacher education program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall 105, and meet all course, GPA and state requirements for certification.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in Communication Studies (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: COMM 1010, 2020, 2040, 2060, 3840; COMM 3520 or 3720 or 3740 or 3920 or 4420; COMM 3760 or 3860; COMM 4020 or 4040 or 4060; plus 12 advanced hours chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Option 2 Second Teaching Field in Communication Studies (24 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: COMM 1010, 2020, 2040, 2060, 3840; COMM 3120 or 3520 or 3720 or 3740 or 3920 or 4420; COMM 3760 or 3860; COMM 4020 or 4040 or 4060.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Debate and Performance Programs

Students may develop and enhance critical thinking skills by participating in intercollegiate debate and performance activities. The national-caliber debate team competes actively in both on-campus events and tournament competition at the regional and national levels. The performance interest group participates in regional and national festivals, and sponsors on-campus performances, including the Texts in Performance series.

Scholarships

Debate Alumni/William DeMougeot Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding students who participate in the activities of the North Texas Debate Team.

Information about this scholarship may be obtained by writing to the Director of Debate, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 305268, Denton, TX 76203-5268.

Olive M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding students who participate in the activities of the North Texas Debate Team. For more information about this scholarship, contact the Department of Communication Studies.

Curtis M. Loveless Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding students who major in communication studies and participate in the activities of the North Texas Debate Team. For information about this scholarship, contact the department.

Lesa Woody Memorial Scholarship in Oral Interpretation and Performance Studies

This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to undergraduate students who participate in curricular performance studies classes and extracurricular performance studies intercollegiate festivals and other activities.

Information about this scholarship may be obtained by writing to University of North Texas, Dr. John M. Allison Jr., Department of Communication Studies, P.O. Box 305268, Denton, TX 76203-5268.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Communication Studies

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of catalog approved list of course options.

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