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, Gossett. Assistant Professors Byers, Richardson, Shukla, 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 course work 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 off-campus settings and co-curricular activities. Course work 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 with a Major in Communication Studies - 4-year plan (html)
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication Studies - 4-year plan (pdf)

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. Other Course Requirements: None.

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

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

6. 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 18 semester hours, including at least 6 upper-level hours. Students must complete COMM 1010 before enrolling in other COMM courses. 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

Teacher certification requirements were under review by the State Board for Educator Certification at the time this catalog went to press. Contact your undergraduate adviser and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration for current information.

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 Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of catalog approved list of course options.

BA with a Major in Communication Studies (html)
BA with a Major in Communication Studies (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

COMM 1010, Introduction to Communication (may be used to satisfy the Communication requirement*) 3
ENGL 1313, Computer Assisted College Writing* 3
MATH (above College Algebra, except 2090)** 3
LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
Natural Sciences* 4
Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

COMM 2020, Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 2040, Public Speaking 3
Humanities* 3
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 18

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

COMM (distribution, advanced) 3
COMM (elective, advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 4
Minor 3
Minor 3
Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

COMM (distribution, advanced) 3
COMM (theory, advanced) 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
Physical Science** 4
Wellness* 3
Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

COMM 2060, Performance of Literature 3
COMM 3010, Communication Perspectives 1
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
Laboratory Science** 4
Literature** 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences* 3
Total 17

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

COMM (distribution, advanced) 3
COMM (elective, advanced) 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3
Elective (advanced) 4
Minor 3
Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

COMM (elective, advanced) 3
COMM (elective, advanced) 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective 2
Total 14
Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

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