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What classes are involved in a communications degree?

Topic: Choosing a Major | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Communications is usually broken down into smaller components such as Broadcasting, Journalism and Public Relations. In general, all involve taking English courses to improve writing, Public Speaking, and a few extras such as communications laws and ethics. This is in addition to the one or two basic freshmen courses like math and science.

Answered by: Cheek F. | about 4 years ago
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There are a wide range of classes involved in a communications degree. Students will usually take a core group of classes such as introduction to communication, argumentation and debate and research design in communication. Then depending on their interests they will choose other areas to focus on. For example, they might take classes in rhetoric or persuasion where they learn about understanding persuasive messages and advertising campaigns. They might also take classes in interpersonal communication or organizational communication where they learn how to communicate individually or in groups.

Answered by: Julie O'brien C. | about 4 years ago
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Here's an example program: http://www.umuc.edu/programs/undergrad/comm/ Required are: * Required foundation course (6 credits): COMM 300 and COMM 302 * Writing and language arts course (3 credits): Chosen from COMM 380 and WRTG 288/288X, 289, 388, 390, 391/391X, 393/393X, 394/394X, and 489 * Mass communication course (3 credits): Chosen from COMM 400 and any JOUR courses * Speech communication course (3 credits): Any SPCH course * Capstone course (3 credits): Chosen from COMM 495, SPCH 397 and WRTG 493 * Supplemental major courses (15 credits): Chosen from PSYC 334 and 424; HRMN 302 and 367; MRKT 310; and any COMM, JOUR, SPCH, or WRTG courses You can click on the page to find more details about all the courses. The listed courses are all hyperlinked to course descriptions.

Answered by: Criterion Y. | about 4 years ago
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Phsych courses and sociology courses are the core of a communications degree. You will also have all the math and science expected in the beginning of the course load. A foreign language isn't a bad thing to have either.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Expository and Research Writing, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Computer-Based Systems, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Physical Science, Foundations of Speech Communication, Communication Theory, Critical Perspectives in Mass Communication, Communication and the Law, Strategies for Visual Communication, Advanced Technical Writing, Language in Social Contexts, Intercultural Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Management are some of the recommended courses from the University of Maryland to obtain a Bachelors degree in communications. These are not all necessary, and can be supplemented with other courses in some cases, but these are their recommendations. An Associates will require far less courses.

Answered by: Elitesack O. | about 4 years ago
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A communications degree involves a lot of media classes. You also study global and culture. You'll probably have to do speech class or attend some form of speech and debate activity.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | about 4 years ago
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Usually an introductory speech class, introduction to comm studies, origin of language, mass communications in modern society, and communications law are just a few examples. I would suggest looking up you school's web page under their communication program and there you will find all of the classes offered and how many/which ones you are required to take in order to receive a degree.

Answered by: Christie18 B. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the school, but here is an example of a random school's communications curriculum: 201 Introduction to Communication I (5) 202 Introduction to Communication II (5) 220 Introduction to Public Speaking (5) 222 Speech Communication in a Free Society (5) 234 Public Debate (5) 270 Interpersonal Communication (5) 273 Parliamentary Procedure (3) 300 Basic Concepts of New Media (5) 301 Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media (5) 302 The Cultural Impact of Communication Technology (5) 304 The Press and Politics in the United States (5) 305 The Politics of Mass Communication in America (5) 306 Media, Society, and Political Identity (5) 320 Public Speaking (5) 321 Communication in International Relations (5) 322 Global Communication (5) 329 Rhetoric of Social and Political Movements (5) 331 The Rhetorical Tradition in Western Thought (5) 334 Essentials of Argument (5) 340 History of Mass Communication (5) 342 Media Structure (5) 343 Effects of Mass Communication (5) 351 Interviewing Principles and Practices (5) 359 Writing for Mass Media (5) 360 Beginning Newswriting and Reporting (4) 373 Communication in Small Groups (5) 374 Perspectives on Language (5) 375 Communication Ethics (5) 376 Nonverbal Communication (5) 378 Social Approaches to Interpersonal Communication (5) 382 Social Scientific Approaches to Comm. Research (5) 389 Race, Gender & Sexuality in the Media (5) 395 Communication Internship (2-5, max. 5) 401 Telecommunication Policy and Convergent Media (5) 402 New Media as Virtual Communities (5) 405 New Media Criticism (5) 406 Public Discourse on the Internet (5) 407 Communication Technology and Politics (5) 411 Political Communication Seminar (5, max. 10) 414 Mass Media and Public Opinion (5) 417 Political Deliberation (5) 418 Communication and the Environment (5) 420 Comparative Media Systems (5) 423 Communication and Social Change (5) 425 European Media Systems (5) 426 International Media Images (5) 427 International Communications Law and Policy (5) 428 Asian Media Systems (5) 429 Chinese Communication Systems (5) 430 Canadian Documentary Film Traditions (5) 431 Rhetorical Criticism (5) 433 Speech Composition (5) 434 Argumentation Theory (5) 435 Historic American Public Discourse (5) 436 Contemporary American Public Discourse (5) 437 Rhetorical Perspectives in Intellectual Revolutions (5) 440 Mass Media Law (5) 441 United States Media History (5) 442 History of Media Technology and Regulation (5) 444 Public Relations and Society (5) 445 Journalism and Literature (5) 451 Mass Media and Culture (5) 452 Crisis Communications (5) 464 Opinion Writing (5) 468 Journalism Ethics (5) 469 Intellectual Foundations of American Journalism (5) 471 Persuasion (5) 472 Empirical Approaches to Interpersonal Communication (5) 473 Problems of Discussion Leadership (3) 474 Communication, Conflict, and Cooperation (5) 475 Organizational Communication (5) 476 Models and Theories in Communication (5) 478 Intercultural Communication (5) 479 Communication in Children's Environments (5) 480 Communication in Adolescent Environments (5) 482 Computer-Mediated Interpersonal Communication (5) 484 Cultural Codes in Communication (5) 485 Fieldwork in Communication Studies (5) 495 Special Topics in Communication (2-5, max. 15) 498 Independent Research (1-5, max. 10) 499 Directed Research (1-5, max. 10)

Answered by: Ker239 C. | about 4 years ago
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You'll have to take a lot of media classes. You'll probably get involved with the school's publications or radio programs. Some schools even have their own broadcasting channels so get involved with as many as you can!

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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Psych courses and sociology courses. You will also be required to learn a foreign language. You will be taking classes that will help you communicate with your fellow humanity.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Most every school will require some public speaking classes. Ethics classes are also always a must. Depending on the exact area of study, there might be production classes - either for tv or radio. Writing classes are also big on the agenda. You'll have to learn how to communicate specifically in your field, so that's what those are for.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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There are wide varieties of classes that a communications major will have to tackle before completing their degree. Typically in the first year you'll have to take at bare minimum public speaking and communication theory. At some point you'll want to take interpersonal communication, and possibly linguistics as your english requirement if you are attending a liberal arts school.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | about 4 years ago
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The classes that are required for certain degrees vary from college to college. Examples of courses in communication you can view here http://advanced.jhu.edu/academic/communication/courses/. The best bet would be to view your colleges course catalouge to see all the classes they offer in that area.

Answered by: Thegreatesthumphrey J. | about 4 years ago
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Public Speaking is a staple. Ethics classes usually offered, as are media specific writing and production classes. Public Relation classes might be offered too, depending on the specific area of study.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Well with every major you have to take general classes. And you will have to take all your communications major classes like classes such as speech fundamentals. But that major isn't considered very difficult.

Answered by: Wombatlover Z. | about 4 years ago
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Public speaking classes are a must when it comes to obtaining a communications degree. Other classes dealing with the ethics and practices of communication are also essential. These classes require much practice with the English language and the ability to speak it clearly when in front of an audience.

Answered by: Icelander C. | about 4 years ago
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Public Speaking classes are almost always a given. So are writing classes, although that will be specific to your field of study. Ethics classes are always good to take, even though they might not be required.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Most of the classes are core classes such as math and science. Then you will have classes in communication management, communications functions, speech, and intensive writing. There are some classes in debate and world history as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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The classes are involved in a communications degree MA in Communication, Public and Media Relations, Political Communication, Health Communication, Digital Communication, Corporate and Non-Profit Communication these are the concentrations and Areas of Emphasis. Master of Arts in Communication in this including the ten courses.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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The classes that are required for certain degrees vary from college to college. Examples of courses in communication you can view here http://advanced.jhu.edu/academic/communication/courses/. The best bet would be to view your colleges course catalouge to see all the classes they offer in that area.

Answered by: Thegreatesthumphrey J. | about 4 years ago
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My completing of degree studying number of subjects involved in this course. The main subject is BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION. It some explanation about us business practices to work in the fields of marketing, public relations, networking, and advertising.Business management is another opportunity for graduates. It is an important part of business communication

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | about 4 years ago
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Public Speaking is a staple. Ethics classes usually offered, as are media specific writing and production classes. Public Relation classes might be offered too, depending on the specific area of study.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Well with every major you have to take general classes. And you will have to take all your communications major classes like classes such as speech fundamentals. But that major isn't considered very difficult.

Answered by: Wombatlover Z. | about 4 years ago
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Public speaking classes are a must when it comes to obtaining a communications degree. Other classes dealing with the ethics and practices of communication are also essential. These classes require much practice with the English language and the ability to speak it clearly when in front of an audience.

Answered by: Icelander C. | about 4 years ago
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Public Speaking classes are almost always a given. So are writing classes, although that will be specific to your field of study. Ethics classes are always good to take, even though they might not be required.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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Most of the classes are core classes such as math and science. Then you will have classes in communication management, communications functions, speech, and intensive writing. There are some classes in debate and world history as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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The classes are involved in a communications degree MA in Communication, Public and Media Relations, Political Communication, Health Communication, Digital Communication, Corporate and Non-Profit Communication these are the concentrations and Areas of Emphasis. Master of Arts in Communication in this including the ten courses.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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Some of the classes that we need attend during our communication degree is listed below. 1.Required foundation Class Subject CodeCOMM 300 and COMM 302 2.Writing and language arts class subject code COMM 380 and WRTG 288/288X, 289, 388, 390, 391/391X, 393/393X, 394/394X, and 489 3.Mass communication class subject code COMM 400 and any JOUR subject. and many more classes we need to attend.

Answered by: Hemjjd H. | over 4 years ago
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A college degree in communications is based on the Greek and Latin studies of language and rhetoric, and how they could be used as tools to benefit all of society. Mass Communications in Modern Society Communications Law History and Philosophy of American Mass Communications Media Internships

Answered by: Http://Communications.Fullerton.Edu/Undergraduate/Bacomm.Html S. | over 4 years ago
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The classes involved in communications degree are development of skills to enable composition and delivery of speeches, introduction to fields of mass communication and interpersonal communication, Production of Multimedia Software.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | over 4 years ago
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A communications degree requires you be really articulate. You'll have to take speech classes and english classes. You'll likely have to take computer classes because your future job requires technology. You'll have to learn a bit of business. Participate in student activities from newspaper, literary magazine, school radio and etc.

Answered by: Mylittlep Ony H. | about 4 years ago
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A communications degree will require you to take a lot of courses that deal with the degree itself but there are also ones that you take which are just general classes. You will take English and Math, and History and all that of course. You'll want to take a communication theory course as well as some sort of public speech class. You will also be required to take writing courses as well as humanities type courses. You will rack up approx. 120 credits.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Classes that are involved vary from school to school. Chances are an administrator at your college will know. By asking them they can give you specific recommendations on classes as well as teachers. Ask students what they think of the class as well. By getting their opinion you will know what to expect.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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Depending on the college the names of the courses may vary a little from each course. Some of the core courses that are required for a communication degree includes Intro to Digital Age and Media, Thesis and Theis communication, as well as research and writing methods which is writing intensive course. There are also core courses in math, science, and history as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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There is a wide variety of classes that are available with a communication degree. There are classes in general communication which is a great way to find out what avenue that you may be interested in when it comes to learning about news and casting. There are also classes in public speaking as well as your core classes in speech and intensive writing which is great for someone who is looking to get into writing.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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This depends on the University you are attending. You can check the communications department website for a detailed class list. Or at most universities you can buy a course catalogue in the bookstore which lists all the classes that are offered for the semester or quarter. Some general titles might include: Introduction to Communications, Public Speaking, Culture and Communication, Introduction to Study of Language, Principles of Argumentation, Communication Theory and Voice & Its Perception. You will also most likely be able to take classes in other areas that relate to communications such as a politics class, or a psychology class.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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A communications degree includes all of the general education requirements. Along with these there is a special emphasis on the language arts. Speaking and writing correctly are essential. Also essential is a focus on sociology and psychology, so you can understand the hows and whys of how people communicate.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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A communications degree will require you to take a lot of courses that deal with the degree itself but there are also ones that you take which are just general classes. You will take English and Math, and History and all that of course. You'll want to take a communication theory course as well as some sort of public speech class. You will also be required to take writing courses as well as humanities type courses. You will rack up approx. 120 credits.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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My completing of degree studying number of subjects involved in this course. The main subject is BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION. It some explanation about us business practices to work in the fields of marketing, public relations, networking, and advertising.Business management is another opportunity for graduates. It is an important part of business communication

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | about 4 years ago
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