• Congratulations Brian Medrano for being the department's Student of the Year
  • Debate participation improves research skills and improves confidence
  • Experiential learning is an important component of Communication Studies
  • MTSU's Debate Program has a tradition of achievement

Communication

The Princeton Review ranked communication studies as one of the top-ten college majors. MTSU’s program is student-centered with small classes and personal advising. Communication Studies offers flexibility in career choices as well as the opportunity for personal development. Our courses stress developing strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of diverse cultures, improved problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work well in a group as both member and leader. Exciting opportunities in the program include the Experiential Learning Scholars Program (EXL), our internship program, and debate, which is open to all students. Not only does debate improve research skills and boost confidence, it’s a great way to make friends!

Applying Knowledge

Applying Knowledge

Dianne Guerrier studied in France! The Communication major worked part-time for the National Guard while taking classes at MTSU. As a senior, she participated in a study-abroad program and took classes in Caen, France. “Communication Studies has given me the ability to communicate confidently and effectively by providing me with the knowledge of diverse cultures. Classes, such as “Argumentation” and “Tradition and Change in Middle East Communication,” have allowed me to face my fears, challenge myself, and overcome my uncertainties. I am ready to travel the world and meet people from different cultural backgrounds!“ Diane realized she could have a great time expanding her horizons and learning important career skills.

A passion for Communication!

A passion for Communication!

Elijah Longwell realized that Communication Studies is a perfect fit with his goals for success in his career and personal relationships. He wanted courses that would help him develop skills to work with people from all backgrounds and in a variety of settings. “Communication Studies courses have given me a toolbox of communication styles to use so that I can adapt to the needs of the situation and person I’m communicating with.”  He also pointed out that when you look for a career, you can learn skills for a specific job but effective communication takes more time and understanding to master. “If you can grasp that (communicating well with others) first, you will be more successful in the future.”

Depending on the combination of elective courses and minor(s), successful Communications majors can pursue careers in areas as diverse as business, law, education, the government, and non-profits.

Career possibilities include such areas as

  • Bank manager or loan officer
  • Community outreach and education director
  • Counselor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event planner
  • Human resources manager
  • Intercultural and diversity trainer
  • International study abroad director
  • Lawyer
  • Military officer
  • Political campaign strategist
  • Professor
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Recruiter
  • Researcher
  • Trainer
  • University administrator

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Advantage Sales and Marketing
  • Army National Guard
  • Asurion Protection Company
  • Belden Street Music
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Bounce U
  • Broadway Brewhouse
  • DLR Restaurants
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • OSTO 360, LLC
  • Propeller Entertainment Consulting
  • redpepper (an advertising agency)
  • Sam’s Club
  • Shalom Foundation
  • Signal Centers
  • Southwest Airlines
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • University Ridge 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  Communication degrees. Additionally, students must select a concentration in Organizational Communication or Culture and Social Influence. The major is 45 student credit hours of coursework and students have the option of selecting a minor.

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.A. Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.S. Communication, Organizational Communication, B.A. Communication, Organizational Communication, B.S.


Communication, Culture and Social Influence Concentration, B.A.

Communication Studies 
615-898-2275
Heather Hundley, department chair
Heather.Hundley@mtsu.edu 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Social Influence is designed to provide students with maximum opportunities to develop theoretical and practical appreciation of all phases of human communication. For students following this concentration, preparation is offered for entry into a wide range of careers, graduate studies, community service, and personal development.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (15 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

Culture and Social Influence Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns can vary among people of different cultures. Focuses on increasing understanding of other cultures as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Examines theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Research and presentation of projects that demonstrate students' integrative thinking in communication theories and application. A synthesis of the Communication discipline.

Culture and Social Influence Electives (12 hours)

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

  • COMM 3225 - Gender Communication

    3 credit hours

    Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

  • COMM 3230 - Professional Public Speaking

    3 credit hours

    Building upon the concepts learned in COMM 2200, students will create a variety of live and mediated presentations that offer preparation for leadership in professional situations.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    The study of communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Goal is to expand a student's perspective of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

  • COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication

    3 credit hours

    Provides a general overview of contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750. Students will use interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Covers communication topics such as lying, gossiping, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3300 or permission of instructor. Explores the topic of identity and identity formation as it relates to communication processes. Examines how race, sex, gender, class, disability, and other aspects of identity rhetorically constructed, negotiated, and performed.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:Junior standing and permission of instructor. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic chosen in an instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750 or permission of instructor. Examines the individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors. Focuses on channels of nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and applied topics in nonverbal communication.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Includes the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in varying contexts such as the media.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Rotating topics in Communication discipline perspectives. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Optional Minor/Electives (28 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Communication, Culture and Social Influence

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • Foreign language or elective 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns can vary among people of different cultures. Focuses on increasing understanding of other cultures as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Examines theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • CSI concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • CSI concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Research and presentation of projects that demonstrate students' integrative thinking in communication theories and application. A synthesis of the Communication discipline.

  • COMM major elective 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours


Communication, Culture and Social Influence Concentration, B.S.

Communication Studies 
615-898-2275
Heather Hundley, department chair
Heather.Hundley@mtsu.edu
 

The major in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Social Influence is designed to provide students with maximum opportunities to develop theoretical and practical appreciation of all phases of human communication. For students following this concentration, preparation is offered for entry into a wide range of careers, graduate studies, community service, and personal development.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Culture and Social Influence, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (15 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

Culture and Social Influence Concentration (12 hours)

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns can vary among people of different cultures. Focuses on increasing understanding of other cultures as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Examines theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Research and presentation of projects that demonstrate students' integrative thinking in communication theories and application. A synthesis of the Communication discipline.

Culture and Social Influence Electives (12 hours)

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

  • COMM 3225 - Gender Communication

    3 credit hours

    Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

  • COMM 3230 - Professional Public Speaking

    3 credit hours

    Building upon the concepts learned in COMM 2200, students will create a variety of live and mediated presentations that offer preparation for leadership in professional situations.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    The study of communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Goal is to expand a student's perspective of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

  • COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication

    3 credit hours

    Provides a general overview of contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750. Students will use interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Covers communication topics such as lying, gossiping, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 3300 or permission of instructor. Explores the topic of identity and identity formation as it relates to communication processes. Examines how race, sex, gender, class, disability, and other aspects of identity rhetorically constructed, negotiated, and performed.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:Junior standing and permission of instructor. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic chosen in an instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750 or permission of instructor. Examines the individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors. Focuses on channels of nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and applied topics in nonverbal communication.

  • COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Includes the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in varying contexts such as the media.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Rotating topics in Communication discipline perspectives. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Optional Minor/Electives (34 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Communication, Culture and Social Influence

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns can vary among people of different cultures. Focuses on increasing understanding of other cultures as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Examines theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • CSI concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • CSI concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Research and presentation of projects that demonstrate students' integrative thinking in communication theories and application. A synthesis of the Communication discipline.

  • COMM major electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours


Communication, Organizational Communication Concentration, B.A.

Communication Studies  
615-898-2275
Heather Hundley, department chair
Heather.Hundley@mtsu.edu

The major in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication directs student attention toward experiencing and analyzing communication dynamics in the context of organizational life. Students will observe, reflect, and become organizational agents of change through writing grants, conducting training sessions, and participating in communication auditing and consulting projects.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (15 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

Organizational Communication Concentration (15 hours)

  • COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 4500 - Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Practical application of tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

 

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

Organizational Communication Electives (9 hours)

  • COMM 3050 - Listening  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3050 - Listening

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

  • COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication

    3 credit hours

    Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2300 and at least sophomore standing or permission of instructor. The role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations  3 credit hours  (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:Junior standing and permission of instructor. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic chosen in an instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750 or permission of instructor. Examines the individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors. Focuses on channels of nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and applied topics in nonverbal communication.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Rotating topics in Communication discipline perspectives. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Optional Minor/Electives (28 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Communication, Organizational Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Foreign language 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)  OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)  OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • Foreign language or elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • ORCO concentration elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • ORCO concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4500 - Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Practical application of tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

  • COMM major electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours


Communication, Organizational Communication Concentration, B.S.

Communication Studies 
615-898-2275
Heather Hundley, department chair
Heather.Hundley@mtsu.edu

The major in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication directs student attention toward experiencing and analyzing communication dynamics in the context of organizational life. Students will observe, reflect, and become organizational agents of change through writing grants, conducting training sessions, and participating in communication auditing and consulting projects.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Communication, Organizational Communication, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Communication Major Core (15 hours)

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

Organizational Communication Concentration (15 hours)

  • COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 4500 - Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Practical application of tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

 

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

Organizational Communication Concentration Electives (9 hours)

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

  • COMM 3050 - Listening  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3050 - Listening

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

  • COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication

    3 credit hours

    Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication  3 credit hours  (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2300 and at least sophomore standing or permission of instructor. The role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations  3 credit hours  (if not taken in concentration) 

    COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

  • COMM 4260 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    COMM 4260 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:Junior standing and permission of instructor. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic chosen in an instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

  • COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750 or permission of instructor. Examines the individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors. Focuses on channels of nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and applied topics in nonverbal communication.

  • COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Rotating topics in Communication discipline perspectives. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

  • COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two COMM courses not already taken

Optional Minor/Electives (34 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Communication, Organizational Communication

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following is a suggested pattern of study. Consult with an advisor before each registration.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

  • COMM 3300 - Communication Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

  • COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

 

  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • COMM 3340 - Interviewing  3 credit hours  

    COMM 3340 - Interviewing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • ORCO concentration elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • ORCO concentration electives 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 4500 - Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Practical application of tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

  • COMM major elective 6 credit hours
  • Elective/minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour (EXL 4000 recommended)

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Communication

COMM 2100 - Introduction to Human Communication
3 credit hours

Introductory course provides a broad overview of communication processes, theories, research, and career options. ​Includes foundational terminology and principles associated with the field of human communication as applied in various contexts including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and intercultural settings.​

COMM 2150 - Voice and Diction
3 credit hours

Development of professional voice quality through classroom exercises, individual instruction, and recording assignments to achieve accurate pronunciation, articulation, and expression of American English needed to meet required non-regional accent standards in voice-based occupations.

COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication
3 credit hours

Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication
3 credit hours

Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict strategies, romantic relationships, and diversity. TBR Common Course: COMM 2090

COMM 3050 - Listening
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Explores the function and impact of listening in the workplace and other relationships. Includes analysis, interpretation, and application of effective listening skills.

COMM 3100 - Critical Methods in Communication
3 credit hours

Explores multiple methods and approaches for analyzing public discourse. Offers opportunity for students to expand their critical thinking skills and improve abilities to develop effective written arguments.

COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate
3 credit hours

Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class discussions using proper debate and argumentation techniques on various topics.

COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication
3 credit hours

Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

COMM 3225 - Gender Communication
3 credit hours

Critical discussion of values, issues, and traditions in the field of gender communication. Focuses on the analysis of gender and communication as they relate to language, culture, media, relationships, and organizations.

COMM 3230 - Professional Public Speaking
3 credit hours

Building upon the concepts learned in COMM 2200, students will create a variety of live and mediated presentations that offer preparation for leadership in professional situations.

COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

COMM 3250 - Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

COMM 3300 - Communication Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to human communication. Topics include an overview and understanding of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and rhetorical theories. Students increase their critical analysis skills by applying the theories to their lives.

COMM 3340 - Interviewing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication
3 credit hours

The study of communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States. Goal is to expand a student's perspective of issues, values, and communication styles that vary among groups in the U.S. in order to facilitate the development of positive interethnic relationships.

COMM 3400 - Romantic Relationship Communication
3 credit hours

Provides a general overview of contemporary research on relationship communication with a particular emphasis on romantic relationship development. Theories about the role of communication in initiating, maintaining, and disengaging from romantic relationships.

COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns can vary among people of different cultures. Focuses on increasing understanding of other cultures as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

COMM 3580 - Political Communication
3 credit hours

Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2300 and at least sophomore standing or permission of instructor. The role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

COMM 3680 - Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750. Students will use interpersonal theories to analyze, examine, and understand destructive communication strategies that may occur in interpersonal relationships. Covers communication topics such as lying, gossiping, bullying, abuse, and narcissism.

COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, COMM 3300, or permission of instructor. Explores how quantitative methodologies used to study human communication. Students focus on basic principles and design concepts of communication research while developing a broad understanding of the role of statistics and other analytical techniques in the research process.

COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 3300 or permission of instructor. Explores the topic of identity and identity formation as it relates to communication processes. Examines how race, sex, gender, class, disability, and other aspects of identity rhetorically constructed, negotiated, and performed.

COMM 4200 - Multinational Organizations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. A critical study of multinational organizations and the expatriate experience, including analysis of organizational preparation and employee training.

COMM 4260 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite:Junior standing and permission of instructor. Intensive study of a specific area of communication; topic chosen in an instructor-student conference. May include a major research project, applied communication project, or applied debate practicum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

COMM 4320 - Persuasion
3 credit hours

Examines theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

COMM 4350 - Nonverbal Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 2300, COMM 3300, and COMM 3750 or permission of instructor. Examines the individual and social factors affecting the production and interpretation of nonverbal communication behaviors. Focuses on channels of nonverbal communication, functions of nonverbal communication, and applied topics in nonverbal communication.

COMM 4400 - Sexual Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of contemporary research on sexual communication with an emphasis on how people communicate about sex in varying relationships and throughout varying stages of life. Includes the role of communication in parent/child communication about sex, in dating and married relationships, and in varying contexts such as the media.

COMM 4500 - Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Practical application of tools and theories prevalent in the field of organizational communication involving an audit of organizational communication and culture and a consulting project.

COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

COMM 4700 - Senior Seminar in Communication
3 credit hours

Research and presentation of projects that demonstrate students' integrative thinking in communication theories and application. A synthesis of the Communication discipline.

COMM 4800 - Topics in Communication
3 credit hours

Rotating topics in Communication discipline perspectives. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. 

COMM 4900 - Internship in Communication Studies
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department, at least junior status, minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency. Practical experience in applying coursework to actual situations and projects in organizations, both on and off campus, in a supervised internship program. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Pass/Fail.

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615-898-2412

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615-898-5089 | JH 114

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Erin.Coker@mtsu.edu
615-904-8180 | JH 153

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