Communication Curriculum
​​The Communication and Dramatic Arts Department offers a Communication major and minor, as well as an interdisciplinary major in Integrative Public Relations, which is offered in conjunction with other departments.

The wide range of available COM courses offers students a strong and diverse background in communication skills, research and theory. Students who are seeking other majors and minors find that courses such as public speaking, small group communication, interpersonal communication and research writing help them build a solid communication foundation. Courses in areas such as conflict, family communication, classroom communication and interviewing help students prepare for a range of communication experiences.

The COM area includes 12 full-time faculty members with diverse academic backgrounds. Their research interests include presidential debates, teaching effectiveness, training and development, gender communication and communication messages within family systems, to name only a few.

Below is information and links to details about required courses, course descriptions, and transferring credits toward one of our programs.


Communication Major (B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S. degrees)
Required Courses (19 hours)
COM 100 - Communication and Society 1(1-0)
COM 251 - Foundations of Communication Theory 3(3-0)
COM 301 - Survey of Research in Communication 3(3-0)
COM 353 - Small Group Communication 3(3-0)
COM 357 - Public Speaking 3(3-0)
COM 361 - Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
COM 401 - Capstone in Communication 3(3-0)
 
Electives (21 hours)​
At least 9 credit hours must be taken at the 400- or 500-level with at least 3 credit hours at the 500-level. 

Elective Courses I (9-12 hours) - No more than 6 hours from COM 464, COM 490 and COM 495 may count toward the major. 
COM 101 - Introduction to Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 225 - Introduction to Communication in Virtual Environments 3(3-0) 
COM 267 - Introduction to Debate 3(3-0) 
COM 269 - Practicum in Debate/Forensics 2-8(Spec) 
COM 363 - Principles and Types of Interviewing 3(3-0) 
COM 365 - Persuasion and Social Influence 3(​3-0) 
COM 367 - Nonverbal Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 464 - Communication Internship 1-6(Spec) 
COM 490 - Independent Study Each 1-4(Spec) 
COM 495 - Communication Facilitation 2-6(Spec)  
COM 560 - Communication and Social/Organizational Change 3(3-0) 
COM 561 - Communication in Conflict Management 3(3-0) 
COM 565 - Communication Training in Organizations 3(3-0) 

Electives Courses II (9-12 hours) 
COM 195 - Intercultural Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 264 - Organizational Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 352 - Communication and Social Influence 3(3-0) 
COM 362/WST 362 - Gender Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 369 - Health Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 461 - Communication in Leadership 3(3-0) 
COM 468 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 523 - Dark Side of Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 527 - Political Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 562 - Family Communication 3(3-0) 
COM 569 - Communication in the Classroom 3(3-0)​

Communication Minor (B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S; B.S. in B.A. ​degrees)
Required Courses (19 hours)
COM 100 - Communication and Society 1(1-0)
COM 251 - Foundations of Communication Theory 3(3-0)
COM 301 - Survey of Research in Communication 3(3-0)
COM 353 - Small Group Communication 3(3-0)
COM 357 - Public Speaking 3(3-0)
COM 361 - Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
COM Electives (9 hours) - See course list or bulletin​

Additional Resources

Below are links to additional resources and information: 

For additional information
Please visit our department office at Moore 333 or call 989-774-3177.  Students
who are new to CMU may also wish to communicate with the Undergraduate
Admissions Office at (989) 774-3076, or by e-mail at cmuadmit@cmich.edu, for
 general questions, visit arrangements and enrollment information. 

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