2013-2014 Graduate Catalog

School of Communication

Director: Thomas G. Endres, Ph.D.

Communication Studies

Location: Candelaria 1265

Telephone: 970.351.2045

Faculty: Linda S. Allen, Ph.D.;Thomas G. Endres, Ph.D.; James A. Keaten, Ph.D.; Sherilyn R. Marrow, Ph.D.; Heidi Muller, Ph.D.; David L. Palmer, Ph.D.; Cheryl Pawlowski, Ph.D.; Charles E. Soukup, Ph.D.

The focus of the communication discipline is on the process of human message exchange. Classes in communication studies (COMM) emphasize the examination of theories and research relevant to the field of communication and personal improvement in communication ability.

A Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies prepares students with the knowledge and skills to be effective communicators in personal and professional settings. Coursework focuses on theoretical, analytic, and practical aspects of human interaction

To become a major in Communication Studies, the student must complete a “Change of Major/Minor” form, available from the school office. Students may do this any time during the freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

Students may elect to emphasize the study of communication studies in interpersonal, small group, educational, organizational and intercultural contexts. Practical skills may be obtained in professional presentation, persuasion, leadership, and communication in the classroom. Students completing this program may elect to apply for graduate study in the field of communication, to apply to law or other professional schools, or to begin a career in business or education.

A major in communication studies is well-suited for students desiring a career in education. This degree will prepare future educators for effective communication with students, parents, and other school professionals. Students preparing for careers in Secondary Education must select the Emphasis in Secondary Education. All requirements for the Professional Teacher Education Program, as described in the UNC Catalog, must be met.

Communication M.A.

This program focuses on the study of human symbolic interaction. Students will emphasize coursework relevant to rhetorical and communication theory, interpersonal and group communication, and communication research methods.

Graduates of this program will advance their current professional careers, prepare themselves for careers in business and industry requiring expertise in human communication or prepare themselves to apply for a Ph.D. program in communication. The thesis option is recommended for students considering additional graduate study.


For degree and program requirements, see:

Communication M.A.