Michael J. Janas, Interim Chair, Associate Professor
Rhonda G. Parker, Professor
Charlotte D. Brammer, Associate Professor
David R. Dedo, Associate Professor
Ryan W. Galloway, Associate Professor and Director of Debate
Ashley George, Assistant Professor
Allison Catherine Harper, Instructor
Undergraduate Programs and Requirements
The Department of Communication Studies offers a bachelor of arts in communication studies. This comprehensive program offers courses in persuasion, rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation, and public speaking that provide strategies for generating and delivering effective messages. In interpersonal, group, and organizational communication courses, students discover their communicative strengths and identify and address areas where improvement is needed. Students can tailor portions of the major to meet their special needs by choosing from a menu of communication electives in the junior and senior year. Students interested in majoring in language arts in preparation for teaching speech at the secondary school level should consult the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education section in this catalog for the curriculum.
The department also offers two minors: one in communication studies and one in writing. The communication studies minor consists of 20 credits and must include three upper-level courses. In the writing minor, students take 20 credits: two required 300-level courses and three upper-level electives.
Any communication studies major who wishes to minor in writing must meet all major requirements, take COMS 361 (Grammar for Writers) , and complete four upper-level electives designated in the minor. In keeping with University policy, no course may be used for both the major and minor.
General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements
See General Education Overview in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses. Communication studies majors must complete COMS 221 (Interpersonal Communication) for their major and cannot use it to also satisfy the general education social science requirement for their degree.