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Interdisciplinary Communication Studies

A major in interdisciplinary communication studies is designed for a disciplined student who has a clear and focused understanding of the areas of liberal arts and communication that they would like to study. As a multidimensional degree, students blend and mix various components of academic study to design a degree track that fits their own sense of intellectual curiosity.

Through this self-designed major, you'll gain a solid foundation in oral, written and visual perspectives, and then hone your skills and understanding toward a specific area of endeavor. It's especially recommended for those interested in radio, journalism, advertising, human resources, and similar careers. The I.C.S. is an integrated major that draws from several different academic departments.

The curriculum includes eight core courses and then a series of options, which students choose with the help of an advisor. At least three of the courses in the area of concentration must be at the 300/400-level.

Core
Track One—Media Writing and Production
Track Two—Advertising
Track Three—Organizational/Human Resources

Core
ART 113 Introduction to Art Software
ART 325 Visual Communication
COM 114 Interpersonal Communication
COM 213 Public Speaking
COM 316 Communication Theory
COM 490 Senior Seminar: Topics in Communication or COM 498 Internship Capstone
ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
ENG 303 Business and Technical Writing

A core course cannot be counted as one of the courses required in an area of concentration.

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Track One—Media Writing and Production
Students must complete COM 211 Survey of Mass Communication and ENG 305 News Writing along with three additional courses chosen from:

ART 125 Design Studio
ART 216 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 217 Digital Video Studio
ART 316 Graphic Design I
ART 317 Intermediate Digital Video
ART 342 Survey History of Modern Art
COM 210 Introduction to Video Production
COM 411 Issues and Problems in Mass Communication
COM 413 Advanced Public Speaking
COM 419 Business and Professional Communication in Online Contexts
COM 468 Internship
ENG 306 Feature Writing

A minimum of two departments must be represented in the selection of courses.

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Track Two—Advertising/
Students must complete  BUS 230 Principles of Marketing and BUS 334 Advertising along with three additional courses chosen from:

ART 125 Design Studio
ART 216 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 316 Graphic Design I
ART 318 Intermediate Digital Imaging
ART 342 Survey History of Modern Art
ART 416 Advanced Graphic Design
BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
BUS 331 Sales
BUS 335 Consumer Behavior
COM 211 Survey of Mass Communication
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 317 Persuasive Communication
COM 413 Advanced Public Speaking
COM 419 Business and Professional Communication in Online Contexts
COM 420 Ethics and Critical Issues in Communication
COM 468 Internship
PSY 303 Social Psychology

A minimum of two departments must be represented in the selection of courses.

ART 125, 216, 316, 416; BUS 335; and COM 468/498 are strongly recommended for students interested in creative advertising. BUS 250, 263; COM 317, 319 and 468/498 are strongly recommended for students interested in account management.

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Track Three—Organizational/Human Resources
Students must complete BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice and BUS 354 Human Resource Management along with three additional courses chosen from:

BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
BUS 350 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
BUS 453 Organization Behavior
BUS 454 Leadership
BUS 457 Compensation Management
COM 217 Principles of Interviewing
COM 220 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COM 311 Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
COM 312 Small Group Communication
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 320 Organizational Communication
COM 326 Health Communication
COM 331 Language, Identity and the Rainbow
COM 413 Advanced Public Speaking
COM 419 Business and Professional Communication in Online Contexts
COM 450 Leadership and Communication
COM 468 Internship
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Testing
SOC 315 Complex Organizations

A minimum of two departments must be represented in the selection of courses.

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