B.A. in Communication Studies

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  • Course description

    Effective communication is key to success in countless careers. Just imagine…

    …an ambitious entrepreneur standing before a room full of potential investors, all waiting to be convinced of the success of his idea.

    …a team leader who needs to motivate her colleagues and employees to meet a tight deadline.

    …a human resources manager struggling to resolve a conflict between two employees who are both crucial to the success of the team.

    …a public servant whose run for local office depends on convincing his neighbors and constituents that he understands what matters to them.

    Effective communication is more than just writing a letter, giving a speech or having a conversation. You must present your message in a way that's persuasive and memorable. Your words are important, but so are your gestures, body language and facial expressions.

    Lewis University's Communication Studies program will help you learn how to present your ideas effectively. You will practice giving praise and criticism, as well as receiving it. You will develop your approaches to resolving conflict, supporting collaboration and sharing what's meaningful to you. You will learn how to respect diversity as you communicate across cultures.

     The Communication Studies major offers strong preparation for your future goals, whether you want to pursue a career in law, politics, public service, sales, marketing, public relations, human resources, management or more.


    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 48

    The Communication Studies major is designed for the student who seeks to understand and improve the practice of sharing meaning in a technical and global world.  Students learn primary theories of how people use oral and nonverbal symbols to present and advocate ideas, to form relationships, to manage conflict, to solve problems and make decisions collaboratively and ethically, to enter and impact organizations, to lead, and to establish and maintain cultures.  This major is excellent preparation for a career in management, customer service, politics, sales, public relations, or as a pre-law program.

    Majors in various Communication programs may wish to take a minor in  Marketing for Communication Majors .

    I. Core Courses (27)
    10-211 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    10-216 Small Group Communication (3)
    10-242 Argumentation and Debate (3)
    10-260 Business and Professional Communication (3)
    10-347 Leadership Communication (3)
    10-349 Organizational Communication (3)
    10-350 Intercultural Communication (3)
    10-433 Communication Theory (3)
    10-461 Persuasion Theory and Campaigns (3)

    II. Three credit hours of advisor-approved electives (3)

    III. Select, in consultation with advisor, an appropriate minor or body of courses in one of the following: (18) 

    Business Administration, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, or Radio / Television Broadcasting.

    IV. The advanced writing requirement is fulfilled by completion of Communication Theory (10-433) or Persuasion Theory and Campaigns (10-461) with a minimum grade of "C."


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