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Department of Communication Studies
Main Departmental Office
Terrill Hall, 235
P.O. Box 5266
Denton, TX 76203-0266
Fax: (817) 565-3630
John S. Gossett, Chair
Professor Wheeless. Associate Professors Allison, Bruner, Gossett. Assistant Professors Cawyer, DeLoach, Rhea.
Communication studies examines the role of communication in human affairs and the symbolic processes through which individuals interact with one another, their groups and their culture. Thus, the study of communication focuses upon message-generating, processing and receiving behavior. The discipline has developed a set of traditional subject areas, such as classical and contemporary rhetoric, public oratory, argumentation, the rhetoric of social movements, the performance of literature, persuasion and social influence, together with the areas of interpersonal, small group, organizational and intercultural communication.
Majors have the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical understanding of human symbolic behavior in a variety of contexts. The curriculum, rather than being job-oriented, is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers. Many communication graduates pursue careers in teaching, consulting, organizational administration and management, and speech writing. Many others find communication to be a useful major in preparing for law, the ministry, politics and community relations, as well as graduate studies in communication.
Programs of Study
The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
· Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication studies
· Master of Arts with a major in communication studies
· Master of Science with a major in communication studies
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 128 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog. Students wishing to major in communication studies should consult an adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Office, Terrill Hall, Room 227.
Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Communication Studies
1. The major in communication studies requires a total of 36 semester hours of credit, 12 of which are core hours: COMM 1010, 2020, 2040, 2060; plus 24 additional hours, which may include COMM 3000, to be selected in consultation with an adviser.
2. Majors are required to take 9 hours distributed, with one course taken from each of the following groups: Group A: COMM 3520 or 3720; Group B: COMM 3740 or 3840; and Group C: COMM 3760 or 3860.
3. Majors are required to take 3 hours of theory based on their primary area of interest within the department: COMM 4020 or 4040 or 4060. Majors must observe the system of prerequisites for upper-level courses.
4. The final 12 hours of electives should be chosen in consultation with an adviser.
5. Before declaring a major, students must complete the core courses with a 2.5 grade point average with no grade lower than C.
6. Students who have completed 90 hours with a 3.5 grade point average are eligible to write Senior Honors Theses. Students who elect this option are expected to complete their theses in the course of a single semester.
Degree Tracking/Degree Plan
Students who wish to major in communication studies should consult with an adviser as early as possible. Students entering UNT as freshmen are advised through the department until they achieve junior status, after which they can apply for a degree plan. The department has formulated a degree tracking sheet that makes it possible for the student to plan each semester's enrollment with the certainty that the courses taken are required for graduation. Upon achieving junior status, the student must make an appointment to see one of the undergraduate advisers in the department and bring a complete transcript of all courses taken at UNT to that appointment. The adviser will fill out an advisory sheet to be filed with the advising office of the College of Arts and Sciences. The advisers in that office will prepare an official degree plan listing all courses for which the student has received credit and all remaining courses required to complete the degree.
Students transferring from another college may apply for a degree plan during the first semester in which they enrolled at UNT. To apply for the degree plan, transfer students should obtain complete transcripts from all colleges attended and make an appointment with the departmental undergraduate adviser.
Minor in Communication Studies
The minor in communication studies requires a total of 18 semester hours, 3 of which are core hours: COMM 1010. 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.
Students who expect to teach communication in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education.
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.
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 Dr. Mark DeLoach, Director of Debate, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 5266, Denton, TX 76203-0266.
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 5266, Denton, TX 76203-0266.
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