Communication Major

Students explore human interactions and the evaluation of communication processes. Focused tracks are designed to prepare students for specific career paths.

Business and Organizational Communication

Prepares students for careers in communication management, consulting, sales, human resources, operations management, conflict resolution and crisis communication. Advanced courses include organizational communication, teamwork and leadership, negotiation and conflict, and risk and crisis communication.

Digital and Mass Communication

Prepares students to work in media and audience research, mass media criticism, public information and media education and literacy. Advanced courses include interpersonal communication and social media, mass media and social influence, digital and mass communication literacy, and critical analysis of communication and persuasion.

Health Communication

Prepares students to manage, deliver and evaluate health services, health education, hospital administration, and health communication campaigns. Advanced courses include health communication, studies in persuasion, interpersonal communication in health, and health communication campaigns.

Human Communication

Prepares students for careers in general management of communication and information across various contexts. Students can create their track by choosing classes from the other specializations.

Communication Honors

Honor students can choose one of the tracks above and supplement their studies with advanced courses in Communication Theory, Research Methods, and the Honors Seminar.

Four Year Plans

 


Communication

Degree Requirements

120 credit hours (EXCLUDES: KHP service courses, EXP courses, and remedial courses)
Complete all UK Core, Graduation Composition and Communication, BA or BS requirements, and one statistics course
42 hours at the 300 level or above
2.00 cumulative GPA and 2.00 major GPA required to graduate

Pre-Major Requirements—15 Hours

COM 101—Introduction to Communications
CIS/WRD 110—Composition and Communication I
CIS/WRD 111—Composition and Communication II
COM 252—Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COM 249—Mass Media and Mass Culture

Major Requirements

21 credit hours COM 325+ (9 must be 400+ level)
Graduation Composition and Communication Course–3 hours

Choose One
COM 326—Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence
COM 351—Introduction to Communication Theory

15 hours 300+ level outside COM major

 


Business and Organizational Communication

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (COM 326 or 351)
COM 315—Understanding Workplace Communication in a Diverse Society
COM 325—Introduction to Organizational Communication

Choose Three
COM 399—Internship in Communication
COM 425Communication, Negotiation and Conflict
COM 525Advanced Issues in Organizational Communication
COM 535Risk and Crisis Communication
COM 581Teamwork and Leadership in Organizations

6 additional hours at COM 325+ level (must have 9 hours at 400+ level)
12 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 


Digital and Mass Communication

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (COM 326 or 351)
COM 312—Learning Intercultural Communication Through Media and Film

COM 352—Interpersonal Communication and Social Media
COM 449—
Mass Media and Social Influence
COM 453—Digital and Mass Communication Media Literacy
COM 553—Critical Analysis of Communication and Persuasion in Popular Culture
6 additional hours at COM 325+ level
12 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 


Health Communication

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (COM 326 or 351)
COM 311—Patient-Provider Communication

COM 471—Introduction to Health Communication
COM 482—Studies in Persuasion
COM 571—Interpersonal Communication in Health Contexts
COM 572—Health Communication Campaigns and Communities
6 additional hours at COM 325+ level
12 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 


Human Communication

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (COM 326 or 351)
9 additional hours COM 325+ level
9 additional hours COM 400+ level

15 hours at 300+ level outside COM major