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Communication Arts Degree - Bachelor of Arts

Curriculum

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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  • CA 109 Oral Communication Skills

    This course will help the student develop and apply the skills necessary to design and deliver an effective and well-organized speech. The course provides instruction in the preparation and delivery of various speech types while developing competencies in the areas of critical thinking, organization of thought, creativity, planning, and public speaking.
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  • CA 208 Critical Thinking and Communication

    Introduces augmentation as a model of critical thinking. Arguments are analyzed and critiqued to develop skills in reasoning, using evidence, finding fallacious reasoning, and developing counterarguments and rebuttals.
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  • CA 309 Communication: Putting Theory into Practice

    This course provides a wide range of communication theories with a special emphasis on direct application through the introduction of models/concepts designed to improve communication skills in a variety of contexts and communication environments. Competencies in the areas of relationship development, listening, socialization, cognitive processing, reducing uncertainty and dealing with conflict are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
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Select nine additional Communication Arts courses (27 credit hours; 9 hours must be upper-level) to complete the major requirements (excluding CA 109).

Note: The Communication Arts Major may also be completed by taking the Professional Communication Cluster, the Practical Communication Skills Cluster, and any two remaining Communication Arts Clusters.

Major with Emphasis in Mass Media (36 credit hours)

  • CA 109 Oral Communication Skills

    This course will help the student develop and apply the skills necessary to design and deliver an effective and well-organized speech. The course provides instruction in the preparation and delivery of various speech types while developing competencies in the areas of critical thinking, organization of thought, creativity, planning, and public speaking.
    University Syllabus

  • CA 203 Understanding Mass Media

    This course examines the origins, development, and current role of mass media in shaping and reflecting society. Emphasis is placed on informed, critical consumption of mass media products and processes. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 228 Writing for Media

    This course introduces the basic concepts of newsgathering and reporting for contemporary media. Emphasis is placed on developing writing and information gathering skills, using Associated Press style, and understanding the legal and ethical obligations of media writing. Prerequisite: EN 101
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  • CA 323 Public Relations

    This course surveys the history and present state of public relations. Emphasis is placed on process, strategies, and tactics of public relations. Prerequisite: CA 109 and CA 203
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Select eight additional Communication Arts courses (24 credit hours) to complete the major requirements. At least 9 of these hours must be upper-level.

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