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Department of Communication Studies

Areas of Study

Academic possibility is limitless for those who excel in the field of Communication and the department at Kansas State is no exception. Check out specific course information as well as details regarding the number of credit hours required for a Major, Minor, or Academic Track to get an idea of what our department may hold for you.

The following Academic Tracks are offered:

Legal Communication

Law is fundamentally a profession about research and communication. The practice of law involvesresearching case law, constructing arguments and persuading others. It demands the ability to clearly construct, present and critically analyze arguments.

For a more detailed course outline, click here.

Core Courses

COMM 320: Theories of Human Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 330: Rhetoric in Western Thought (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs)

or

COMM 433: Communication Research Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 550: Senior Colloquium (3 hrs)

or

COMM 551: Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Legal Communication Courses (Choose 12 hours)

COMM 260: Intro to Trial Advocacy (3 hrs)

COMM 325: Argumentation and Debate (3 hrs)

COMM 326: Small Group Discussion Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 430: Freedom of Speech (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs)

COMM 460: Advanced Trial Advocacy (3 hrs)

COMM 475: Legal Communication (3 hrs) ***REQUIRED***

COMM 525: Argumentation Theory (3 hrs)

COMM 526: Persuasion (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Electives

15 hours of additional COMM courses


Additional Requirements

3 hours must be at the 500 level or above (in addition to COMM 550 or COMM 551)

 

Organizational Communication

When polled, employers consistently rate communication as the top skill desired in employees. In orderfor organizational members to function, they must be able to share ideas, solve problems and work together effectively using communication skills.

For a more detailed course outline, click here.

Core Courses

COMM 320: Theories of Human Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 330: Rhetoric in Western Thought (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs)

or

COMM 433: Communication Research Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 550: Senior Colloquium (3 hrs)

or

COMM 551: Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Organizational Communication Courses (Choose 12 hours)

COMM 311: Business and Professional Speaking (3 hrs)

COMM 326: Small Group Discussion Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 425: Theories of Organizational Communication (3 hrs) ***REQUIRED***

COMM 480: Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 535: Leadership Communication (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Electives

15 hours of additional COMM courses.


Additional Requirements

3 hours must be at the 500 level or above (in addition to COMM 550 or COMM 551)

 

Political Communication

Politics and civic engagement depend on strategic use of language. Political leaders employ communication and rhetoric to mobilize publics, negotiate policy, affect public opinion,  maintain relations with other nations and, of course, win votes.

For a more detailed course outline, click here.

Core Courses

COMM 320: Theories of Human Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 330: Rhetoric in Western Thought (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs) or

COMM 433: Communication Research Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 550: Senior Colloquium (3 hrs) or

COMM 551: Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Political Communication Courses (Choose 12 hours)

COMM 325: Argumentation and Debate (3 hrs)

COMM 434: Rhetoric of Social Movements (3 hrs)

COMM 435: Political Communication (3 hrs) ***REQUIRED***

COMM 470: Rhetoric of Community Building (3 hrs)

COMM 525: Argumentation Theory (3 hrs)

COMM 526: Persuasion (3 hrs)

COMM 545: Communication and Democracy (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Electives

15 hours of additional COMM courses.


Additional Requirements

3 hours must be at the 500 level or above (in addition to COMM 550 or COMM 551).

 

Relational Communication

Our lives are spent in relationships with others. From family, romantic partners and friends to co-workers, supervisors and clients to neighbors and other community members, we are constantly interacting and communicating with people. While many assume that communication comes naturally, miscommunication and misunderstanding are abundant in most relationships. 

For a more detailed course outline, click here.

Core Courses

COMM 320: Theories of Human Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 330: Rhetoric in Western Thought (3 hrs)

COMM 431: Criticism of Public Discourse (3 hrs)

or

COMM 433: Communication Research Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 550: Senior Colloquium (3 hrs)

or

COMM 551: Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Total: 12 hours


Relational Communication Courses (Pick 12 hours)

COMM 322: Interpersonal Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 323: Nonverbal Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 326: Small Group Discussion Methods (3 hrs)

COMM 450: Special Studies in Human Discourse (3 hrs)

COMM 480: Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)

COMM 526: Persuasion (3 hrs)

COMM 535: Communication and Leadership (3 hrs)

COMM 542: Relational Communication (3 hrs) ***REQUIRED***

Total: 12 hours


Electives

15 hours of additional COMM courses.


Additional Requirements

3 hours must be at the 500 level or above (in addition to COMM 550 or COMM 551).

 

Why Communication Studies?

Quick Facts

Degrees:  Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science
Areas of Study:

Political Communication

Organizational Communication

Legal Communciation

Relational Communication

Scholarships:

Department Scholarships

KSU Scholarships

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