​​​​​​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 are 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

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
  Any student in good academic standing at CMU may sign a major in Communication. Every student intending to major in Communication must meet with an advisor to specify the course of study.

A minimum 2.0 GPA (C) must be earned in the major. A minimum grade of C must be earned in COM 251 and COM 301WI. Students must achieve a C or better to count COM 401 toward the COM major and satisfy requirements for graduation.

Required Courses (19 hours)
  • COM 100 - Communication and Society 1(1-0)
  • COM 251 - Foundations of Communication Theory 3(3-0)
  • COM 301WI - 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)
Select additional hours of COM; at least 9 credit hours must be taken at the 400- or 500-level with at least 3 credit hours at the 500-level. No more than 6 hours total from COM 464, COM 490, and COM 495 may count toward the major.

Total: 40 semester hours

Communication Minor
B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S.; B.S. in B.A. degrees

Required Courses (16 hours) 
  • COM 100 - Communication and Society 1(1-0) 
  • COM 251 - Foundations of Communication Theory 3(3-0) 
  • COM 301WI - 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) 
Electives (9 hours) 
Select additional hours of COM, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 or 500 level. (No more than 6 hours from COM 464, 490, and 495 can be counted toward the minor.) 

Total: 25 semester hours

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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Disclaimer:  The information above was taken from the CMU bulletin for the 2017​ - 2018 academic year.  Each university bulletin covers a 12-month period, July 1 through June 30. Courses, majors, minors, programs, and degrees in this Bulletin are subject to change without notice and may not be available in future bulletins. Every effort has been made to include accurate information in the website. However, the contents of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between students and CMU. The university reserves the right to change at any time and without prior notice any provision or requirement, included, but not limited to, policies, procedures, changes, academic programs, and calendar.