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College of Communication and Information
Department
School of Communication Studies

135 Taylor Hall
Tel: 330-672-2659 | Fax: 330-672-3510
E-mail: comm@kent.edu
Web: http://www.kent.edu/comm
 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies comprises six concentrations: Applied Communication, Global Communication, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication and Public Communication.

Applied Communication - Applied communication is a unique concentration in which students take courses not only in Communication Studies but in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Visual Communication Design. Students in this concentration gain expertise in organizational communication, advanced public speaking, professional writing, and visual design. Courses in the concentration teach students not only how to do the work of a professional communication specialist but also the theories that explain why certain messages are most effective for different types of audiences.  Students also have the opportunity to learn how newer communication media such as the Internet, social networking sites, and text messaging, are changing the workplace. Applied Communication graduates leave Kent State University prepared for professional communication careers in non-profit organizations, health care organizations, small businesses and governmental agencies.

Global Communication - Global communication has changed life on social, cultural and political levels. Communication technologies are changing how people learn, create and process information; how people interact and relate; how people work; how organizations are run; and how people view themselves and others in the world. Meanwhile, distance, time and language barriers, while reduced by new forms of global communication, must still be dealt with effectively. Now that a majority of industries operate globally, there is a demand for communication professionals with a global perspective who have the theoretical, analytical, and practical skills to understand communication across cultures and in culturally diverse environments around the globe, and who can play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates. Students take courses in all four schools in the College of Communication and Information to prepare for careers in public information, community relations, communication management, government, non-governmental organizations, public institutions, nonprofit agencies and businesses operating with a global perspective. Students also take courses with an international focus from outside the College of Communication and Information to help them develop a more global perspective and a better understanding of cultures different from their own.

Health Communication - Communication plays critical roles in health and risk behavior, health care, health promotion and actual health outcomes. In the past decade, the importance of health communication has been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services as critical to the nation's health promotion and disease prevention agenda. Health communication addresses areas such as: how health care providers communicate with their patients and how patients can be empowered in these interactions; the power of media messages to affect understandings of risk, health, illness and disease, and health care professionals; the influence of everyday conversations in health and risk behavior; the impact of traditional and new media in health; and designing effective messages to reduce risk, prevent disease and promote health. Students in the health communication concentration take courses such as Health Communication; Communication in Health Care; Everyday Interpersonal Communication; Health, Communication, Aging and Culture; and Health Communication and Media. Education and training in health communication enhances marketability for jobs as communication specialists in health, health care, and health promotion, including positions in pharmaceutical sales, patient advocacy, non-profit health-related organizations, health agencies, patient support teams, health promotion and patient relations.

Interpersonal Communication - What are the most effective strategies for face-to-face and small-group communication? How do you interpret the nonverbal behaviors you see and hear during the act of communication? Whether you are concerned about personal communication with friends and loved ones or interpersonal communication in a business setting, interpersonal communication is an excellent concentration for students interested in understanding and improving their interpersonal communication skills and knowledge. Not all interpersonal communication is done in a traditional face-to-face setting. Students have the opportunity in this concentration to learn about the role of the Internet, social networking sites, text messaging and other new media forms in the interpersonal communication process. Students also have the opportunity to study communication in families, in personal relationships and across the lifespan. This is an excellent major for students interested in sales, human resources, counseling, or teaching.

Organizational Communication - Almost every college graduate will eventually go to work for an organization. The organizational communication concentration gives students the opportunity to study organizational culture and the ways in which communication occurs in organizations. Students in this concentration also take course work in business and professional communication, communication in teams, and organizational training and development. The concentration teaches students how to function effectively in an organizational setting – how to work with others and make sure they are communicating their own messages clearly and receiving clear information from others.  Many students in this concentration go on to careers in training and development, human resources, or sales.  This concentration also explores the latest technological developments in organizational communication, including teleconferencing, telecommuting, and social networking.

Public Communication - We all watch television, go to movies, use a wide variety of Internet sites, send text messages and tweets, listen to the radio, read magazines and newspapers. We’re bombarded daily by advertising messages. Why do we choose to use certain types of media and not others, or pay more attention to some media messages than others? Public Communication is a great concentration for students interested in these kinds of questions. Students in Public Communication study media uses and effects, freedom of speech, persuasion and social influence, and the role of media in our personal, political, and professional lives. This is an excellent concentration for anyone interested in working on political, health, or other media campaigns, attending law school or working as a lobbylist.

 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the COMM major, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Transfer students with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA from their previous colleges and students who meet Kent State’s admission standards as entering freshmen also will be admitted to the COMM major.

Students with an interest in a program for which they are not qualified are admitted into the communication and information general category until requirements are met.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours, 39 upper-division credit hours and 2.250 minimum major GPA and 2.000 cumulative GPA.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Understand the uses, functions, and effects of communication in interpersonal, global, health, organizational and public settings.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's coordinator of International Study Programs. A study-abroad experience is required in the Global Communication concentration.
 

Program Fee

$60/semester

Student Organizations

Kent Communication Society; Lambda Pi Eta
 

Advanced Degree Programs

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type
Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  COMM 20000 Foundations of Communication * 3
  Choose from the following: 3
KHU
DD
COMM 26000 Criticism of Public Discourse (3) **  
DG   35852 Intercultural Communication (3) ***  
DD   35912 Gender and Communication (3)  
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (55-75 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KSS
DD
JMC

 
20001

20003
Media, Power and Culture **** +
or

Introduction to Mass Communication +
3
  LIS 30010 Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond + 3
  VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy + 3
  Kent Core Composition 6
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) ** 6-9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) **** 3-6
   Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
   Kent Core Additional 3
  General Electives (minimum 9-12 credits upper-division hours)++ 16-39
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (39-59 credits) 
  Applied Communication (42)
  Global Communication (59)
  Health Communication (39)
  Interpersonal Communication (39)
  Organizational Communication (39)
  Public Communication (39)
MINIMUM TOTAL  121


* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.Students must successfully complete a grammar competency requirement within the first 20 credits of the major and before enrolling in the required writing-intensive course associated with the major. Students will be provided one opportunity to fulfill this major requirement while enrolled in COMM 20000 Foundations of Communication. Students who do not earn a score of 680 or better on this test-out opportunity in COMM 20000 must complete COMM 21000 Grammar Review (1 credit), earning a C or better in the course in order to fulfill this grammar requirement.

** Students selecting option COMM 26000 will satisfy 3 of the required 9 credits of Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts.

*** Students in the Global Communication concentration are required to take COMM 35852.

**** Students selecting option JMC 20001 will satisfy 3 of the required 6 credits of Kent Core Social Sciences.

+ JMC 20001 (or JMC 20003), LIS 30010 and VCD 14001 count in the major GPA for the Applied Communication and Global Communication concentrations.

++Any COMM course taken is calculated in the major GPA. For the Applied Communication and Global Communication the following subjects are calculated in the major GPA: CCI, COMM, IAKM, JMC, LIS and VCD.

Note:    The School of Communication Studies generally will approve dual concentrations for Communication Studies students as long as there are at least 12 hours of coursework in the concentration elective courses exclusively applied to each concentration (resulting in a total of 24 hours of unique concentration electives across the two concentrations). Students must also complete all of the other concentration requirements specific to each concentration, in addition to differentiating their major elective courses across the two concentrations. If one of the dual concentration choices is either the applied or the global communication concentration, students may select courses from across the College of Communication and Information in their elective choices for completing that part of the dual concentration. Any other duplicative course requirements for the two concentrations beyond the requirements specified above may be double counted when completing a dual concentration option.

Students electing a dual concentration must meet with an advisor to plan an individualized plan of study that meets these requirements before the dual concentration option will be approved for that student. Any changes made to the program of study also must be approved by an advisor, or the student may not be allowed to graduate with this option.

 

 

 

Applied Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (39 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    25902 Communication Theory 3
    30000 Communication Research Methods 3
 WIC    35864 Organizational Communication * 3
    45807 High Impact of Professional Speaking 3
ELR   46092 Practicum in Applied Communication * 3
  VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced 3
  COMM Concentration Electives**
15
  Choose from the following: 3
  JMC 20004 Media Writing (3)  
  JMC 20005 Fundamentals of Media Messages (3)  
  JMC 26001 Multimedia Newswriting (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (3 credit)
  Choose from the following: 3
  ENG 20002 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)  
    30062 Principles of Technical Writing (3)  
    30063 Business and Professional Writing (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 42


* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in COMM 35864 and 46092, the former to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** Must be from the College of Communication and Information; minimum 6 credit hours must have course subject JMC and/or VCD; and 9 credit hours must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, 45093, 45095 and 45196.

 

Global Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (27 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
ELR COMM 46091 Senior Seminar * 3
  JMC 40009 Comparative Media Systmes 3
  Choose from the following: 3
WIC   35864 Organizational Communication (3) **  
WIC   40001 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3) **  
WIC   45902 Communication and Influence (3) **  
  Choose from the following:*** 18
  COMM 25902 Communication Theory (3)  
    26000 Criticism of Public Discourse (3)  
WIC   35864 Organizational Communication (3) **  
    35912 Gender and Communication (3)  
    36505 Communication, Aging and Culture (3)  
WIC   40001 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3) **  
    42000 Media, War and Propaganda (3)  
    43000 Communication Technology and Human Interaction (3)  
    45459 Communication and Conflict (3)  
WIC   45902 Communication and Influence (3) **  
    45957 Language, Meaning and Cognition (3)  
  JMC 12001 Elementary Photography (3)  
    20005 Fundamentals of Media Messages (3)  
    20006 Multimedia Techniques (3)  
    20008 Audience Analysis and Research (3)  
    21001 Principles of Advertising (3)  
    22000 Photography Basics (1)  
    22001 Photography (3)  
    22002 Videography Basics (1)  
    22003 Videography Basics II (1)  
    28001 Principles of Public Relations (3)  
    30034 Programming for Electronic Media (3)  
    33024 Performance for Electronic Media(3)  
    40004 Computer Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40022 Film as Communication (3)  
    40035 Television Graphics (3)  
    40036 Non-linear Video Editing (3)  
  VCD 14002 Communicating with Color (3)  
    17000 Color: Theory and Application (3)  
    20010 Introduction to Design Research (3)  
    37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced (3)  
WIC   45000 Graphic Design Perspectives (3)**  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (32 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language Requirement **** 14
  Kent Core Additional 3
  Approved Study Away Experience (credits awarded under other categories) *****  
  Global Perspective/Cultural Awareness Electives, choose from the following (6 credits must be upper division): 15
DG Any approved Diversity course with Global Focus or choose from the list below:
visit the global diversity courses in this catalog for the full list, COMM 35852 will not fulfill this requirement
 
  BUS 30234 International Business (3)  
  ECON 32075 Introduction to International Trade (3)  
    42075 International Economic Relations (3)  
WIC/DG ENG 31006 World Englishes (3)**  
    33013 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)  
    33015 African Literature (3)  
  FIN 46064 International Business Finance (3)  
  HIST 31024 World War II (3)  
    31112 Chinese Civilization (3)  
    31125 Zionism and Israel (3)  
    31126 History of the Middle East  
    31128 Late Medieval and Modern Jewish History (3)  
    31130 History of African Civilization (3)  
    31141 Early Latin American (3)  
    41020 19th Century Europe (3)  
    41024 Modern European History, 1914-1945 (3)  
    41025 Modern European History, 1945-Present (3)  
    41041 History of Germany, 1817-Present (3)  
    41044 Imperial Russia, 1689-1917 (3)  
    41045 Modern Russia, 1917-Present (3)  
    41112 History of Modern China (3)  
    41116 History of Japan (3)  
    41132 History of Africa, 1880-Present (3)  
    41135 History of West Africa (3)  
WIC   42297 Colloquium: China and Japan (3) **  
  JUS 33400 Crime and Justice in Popular Culture (3)  
    47311 Comparative Justice Systems (3)  
  MCLS 30420 Foreign Languages and Culture Studies (3)  
  MKTG 45060 International Marketing (3)  
  PAS 32050 African Literature (3)  
    37100 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)  
  PH 10002 Introduction to Global Health (3)  
  POL 30500 International Relations Theory (3)  
    30511 Problems of International Organization (3)  
    30520 European Politics (3)  
    30551 U.S. - Latin American Relations (3)  
    30810 Politics of the Global Economy (3)  
    30820 International Organization and Law (3)  
    30840 Nongovernmental Organization (3)  
    40410 Regulatory Policy (3)  
    40530 Politics of War (3)  
    40620 Politics of Social Movements (3)  
    40840 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)  
    40930 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)  
  RPTM 26060 Introduction to Global Tourism (3)  
  SPAD 45024 Sports in Global Perspective (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 59


*  A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in COMM 46091.

**  A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in one of the designated courses to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** 12 credits hours must be upper division. One course must satisfy the writing-intensive requirements and grade of C (2.000) or better must be earned in that course. Some courses may require prerequisites or departmental approval. The student is responsible for completing any required prerequisites or obtaining departmental approval.

****  Foreign Language Requirement: the 14 credit hour foreign language requirement equals three to four semesters, depending on the language selected. The 14 hours must be in one language and it must be a living, spoken language. Students may instead demonstrate an equivalent level of proficiency. Students with foreign language experience should consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for appropriate placement. Students are required to begin meeting the foreign language requirement by their third semester of full-time enrollment (that is, no later than upon completing 30 semester hours) and are required to continue to enroll for foreign language courses until the requirement has been completed.

***** Study Away Experience: Students are required to complete an approved study away experience, ranging from one week to a full semester. The College of Communication and Information is committed to assisting students with financial support for the study away experience. The study away experience is waived for international students.

 

 

Health Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (39 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    25902 Communication Theory 3
    26501 Introduction to Health Communication 3
    30000 Communication Research Methods 3
WIC    45902 Communication and Influence * 3
ELR   46091 Senior Seminar * 3
  COMM Concentration Electives ** 12
  Choose from the following: 9
  COMM 36501 Communication in Health Care (3)  
    36505 Communication, Aging and Culture (3)  
    46503 Health Communication and Media (3)  
    46507 Everyday Interpersonal Communication and Health (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 39


* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in COMM 45902 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** Of the 12 credit hours required for concentration electives, 9-12 credits must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credits hours combined from COMM 45092, 45093, 45095 and 45196.

 

Interpersonal Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (39 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    20001 Interpersonal Communication 3
    25902 Communication Theory 3
    30000 Communication Research Methods 3
WIC   40001 Advanced Interpersonal Communication * 3
ELR   46091 Senior Seminar * 3
  COMM Concentration Electives** 12
  Choose from the following: 9
  COMM 35600 Communication in Small Groups and Teams (3)  
    36505 Communication, Aging and Culture (3)  
    45957 Language, Meaning and Cognition (3)  
    45959 Nonverbal Communication (3)  
    46601 Relational Communication (3)  
    46605 Communication Across the Life Span (3)  
    46608 Family Communication (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 39


* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in COMM 40001 and 46091, the former to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** Of the 12 credit hours required for concentration elective courses, 9-12 credits must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credit hours combined from COMM 45092, 45093, 45095  and 45196.

 

 

Organizational Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (39 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    25863 Business and Professional Communication 3
    25902 Communication Theory 3
    30000 Communication Research Methods 3
    35600 Communication in Small Groups and Teams 3
WIC    35864 Organizational Communication * 3
    45865 Organization Communication Training and Development 3
ELR   46091 Senior Seminar * 3
  COMM Concentration Electives ** 15
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 39


* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in COMM 35864 and 46091, the former to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

** Of the 15 credit hours required for concentration electives, 12 credits must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credits hours combined from COMM 45092, 45093, 45095 and 45196.

 

Public Communication Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS  (39 credit) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    25902 Communication Theory 3
    26001 Public Communication in Society 3
    30000 Communication Research Methods 3
    45006 Media Use and Effects 3
    45007 Freedom of Speech 3
WIC   45902 Communication and Influence * 3
ELR   46091 Senior Seminar * 3
  COMM Concentration Electives ** 15
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 39


*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in COMM 45902 and 46091, the former to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

**Of the 15 credit hours required for concentration electives, 12 credits must be upper-division. May include maximum 6 credits hours combined from COMM 45092 45093, 45095 and 45196.