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Department of Communication Studies

Communication Studies (BS)

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Communication Studies major Abigail Thompson learns how to connect with people. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

Your major in Communication Studies will provide you with a broad-based understanding of the role that communication plays in a number of different professional paths, including healthcare advocacy, negotiation, human resource management, and consumer rights, among many others. While completing the core courses, you may choose to develop your own program of study, tailoring it to your career goals. Or, you may select to choose one of the three clusters/tracks of study: Negotiation and Dialogue, Culture and Performance, or Rhetoric and Argumentation. Those wishing to pursue this major are strongly encouraged to complete one of three internship opportunities/semesters extended by the Department: The Washington, D.C. Program, the Civic Engagement semester, or the Presidential Campaign semester.

General Program Requirements

CC 201 Evolution of Expression
CC 263 Argument and Advocacy
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation
CC 303 Politics, Advocacy, and Public Opinion Research
CC 304 Communicative Informatics
CC 476 Capstone in Communication Studies
Related electives: 20 credits in Communication Studies, including at least one at the 400 level.

All Communication Studies majors complete a senior thesis or capstone project.

SUGGESTED CLUSTERS WITHIN THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR:

RHETORIC AND ARGUMENTATION

Requirements: 20 credits from the following:

CC 160 Interpersonal Communication Skills
CC 260 Communication in Groups and Teams
CC 262 Professional Communication
CC 280 Communication Theory 
PH 300 Special Topics in Political Philosophy (Spring 2013: Liberal Politics and Religion)
CC 343 Rhetorical Theory: Audience Analysis
CC 344 Rhetoric of Social Movements
CC 410 Language, Symbols, and Political Communication
CC 472 Topics in Communication Studies
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication
CC 499 Internship in Communication
Recommended: CC 321 Community Debate and CC 322 Competitive Debate

CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE

Requirements: 20 credits from the following:

CC 160 Interpersonal Communication Skills
CC 203 Intercultural Communication
SO 206 Gender in a Global Perspective
CC 265 Professional Voice and Speech
CC 280 Communication Theory
SO 303 Culture and Power
CC 422 Politics and Comedy: Subversive Laughter
CC 472 Topics in Communication Studies
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication
CC 499 Internship in Communication
Recommended: CC 322 Competitive Debate (Individual Events)

NEGOTIATION AND DIALOGUE

Requirements: 20 credits from the following:

CC 160 Interpersonal Communication Skills
CC 203 Intercultural Communication
CC 260 Communication in Groups and Teams
CC 280 Communication Theory
CC 330 Management and Communication
CC 357 Leadership
CC 415 Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue
CC 423 Crisis Communication
CC 472 Topics in Communication Studies
CC 498 Directed Study in Communication
CC 499 Internship in Communication
Recommended: CC 323 Discussion Facilitation: Campus Conversations on Race