No matter what, you’re always communicating. In the communication program at CMU, you’ll develop a background in communication skills, problem solving and resourcefulness. Our nationally recognized faculty members help you explore various aspects of communication and guide you toward a career or graduate education. Like to argue? You can travel and compete on the forensics team at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments. You’ll also be able to gain professional development experiences through internships with organizations such as Walt Disney World, the Palace of Auburn Hills, General Motors, Dow Chemical, the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Governor’s Office.
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
Total: 40 semester hours
Communication and Society
This course introduces students to a variety of communication concepts and career possibilities in addition to the role communication plays in contemporary society.
Foundations of Communication Theory
Basic theories pertaining to spoken symbolic interaction, focusing mainly on the psychological and sociological aspects of interpersonal communication and public address.
Survey of Research in Communication
An introduction to the research and its methodologies in speech communication. Students will read and write about primary research in the discipline. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: a grade of C (2.0) or better in COM 251.
Small Group Communication
Theories and application of the methods surrounding small-group interaction processes.
Theories and techniques for creating public speeches. Designed for students who seek to improve public-speaking skills. Satisfies Oral English Competency.
Assists the student in understanding interpersonal communication behavior including how interpersonal communication both shapes and is shaped by society. (University Program Group III-A: Behavioral Sciences)
Capstone in Communication
Designed to help students integrate their communication knowledge and demonstrate higher-order thinking, decision-making, and interaction skills by applying them to professional and real-world situations. Students must achieve a C or better to count COM 401 toward the COM major and satisfy requirements for graduation. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with a grade of C or better; COM 353, 357, 361; 9 additional hours toward the COM major; senior status.
Select additional hours of COM; at least 9 credit hours must be taken at the 400- or 500-level with at least 3 credit hours at the 500-level. No more than 6 hours total from COM 464, COM 490, and COM 495 may count toward the major.