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Department of Communication Studies

Main Departmental Office
General Academic Building, 320
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

Associate Professors Allison, Gossett, K. Taylor. Assistant Professors Anderson, Byers, Richardson, Shukla, J. Taylor. Lecturer Lain.

Introduction

Communication studies examines communication in human affairs and the symbolic processes through which humans interact by focusing on five basic behaviors associated with communication: analysis of self and others, effectively using and responding to verbal messages, effectively using and responding to non-verbal messages, listening and responding appropriately, and appropriately adapting to messages to others. 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 education, consulting, organizational administration and management, training and development, and political communication. 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 organizational settings and through co-curricular activities. Course work features the investigation of communication in organizational, interpersonal, aesthetic, health, legal, political, cultural, intercultural and international contexts. Students encounter topics such as gender and diversity issues, social change, conflict, narrative and cultural studies.

Programs of Study

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

Bachelor of Arts

Admission to the Communication Major

Entering students interested in majoring in communication studies will be classified as pre-majors and will be advised by the department. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the communication studies major. To be admitted to major status (and become eligible to enroll in certain advanced courses), a pre-major must meet the following requirements:

1. Complete at least 30 hours of college credit, and

a. complete the university core English composition requirement with a grade of C or better in each course, and

b. complete COMM 1010, 2020, 2060 and 2140 with a grade of C or better in each course.

2. Have a UNT grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

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 term/semester.

Degree Requirements

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, General Academic Building, Room 328.

2. Major Requirements: A total of 39 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 hours, from another department, or an interdisciplinary minor.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

6. Other Requirements: Students majoring in communication studies are required to have a minimum grade of C in all COMM courses to graduate. Students must observe prerequisites for each COMM course. If a student registered for a course has not completed prerequisites for the course with a grade of C or better, the student is subject to being dropped from the course without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.

Because of the high demand for many COMM courses, students who miss the first class day without prior consent of the instructor are subject to being dropped from the course so that other students may be added. It is the student’s responsibility to secure prior consent of the instructor.

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

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student’s academic adviser in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB, Room 220, can assist students with specific requirements for teacher certification in Speech. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in Speech.

Requirements: COMM 1010, 2020, 2040, 2060, and 3010; COMM 3520 or 3720 or 3920 or 4420; COMM 3840; COMM 3760 or 3860; COMM 4020 or 4040 or 4060; plus 12 advanced hours chosen in consultation with an adviser. See major for additional course work and GPA requirements.

Students must also complete the required 21 hours in upper-level education courses (EDSE 3800, 3830, 4060, 4070, 4108, 4118, 4840) and meet all GPA requirements to apply for state certification. In order to enroll for the first required education course, the student must make application to the certification program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall, Room 105.

All state certification requirements and information on required examinations is available on the web site of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), www.sbec.state.tx.us.

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, sponsors on-campus performances and hosts the Petit Jean National Performance Festival.

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 Professor Brian Lain, 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 of Communication Studies.

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 Dr. John M. Allison Jr., Department of Communication Studies, University of North Texas, 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.

BA with a 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.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
COMM 1010, Introduction to Communication (may be used to satisfy the Communication requirement*) 3
ENGL 1313, Computer Assisted College Writing I* 3
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
MATH (above College Algebra, except 1350)** 3
Wellness* 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
COMM 2020, Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 2140, Rhetoric and Argument 3
ENGL 2700, Technical Writing* 3
LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
Natural Science* 4
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
COMM 2060, Performance Literature 3
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
Literature** 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
COMM 3010, Communication Perspectives 3
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
Humanities 3
Physical Science** 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences* 3
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
COMM Distribution (advanced) 3
COMM Elective (advanced) 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3
Natural or Physical Science** 4
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
COMM Distribution (advanced) 3
COMM Elective (advanced) 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
COMM Distribution (advanced) 3
COMM Theory (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Minor 3
Total 18
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
COMM Elective (advanced) 3
COMM Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Total 18

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.