Communication

The Communication program combines the liberal arts philosophy of Ottawa University with knowledge within the discipline of communication to help students perform effectively in a wide range of personal, professional and educational settings. It promotes analysis, synthesis and evaluation of communication theory such as interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and mediated communication (e.g. journalism, advertising, radio, film, and web media). Students in this major develop critical-thinking skills and an awareness of cultural and social diversity; students develop their communication abilities and learn processes to achieve desired outcomes in a variety of settings and audiences. As part of the major, students will develop a philosophy for ethical, moral and lawful treatment of communication stakeholders. Students may engage in a dynamic range of academic specializations and/or practical activities that support the major. At the College, eight concentrations are offered in mass media, strategic communication and the communication arts. Extracrurricular and cocurricular organizations and honor societies provide opportunities for student development including intercollegiate speech and debate, journalism competition, newspaper, broadcasting, advertising & sales, film & video, web media, disaster communication, pre-law preparation, and professional internships. Non-traditional students at Ottawa’s adult campuses are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills toward analyzing and improving communication in the organizations where they work. The major prepares students for graduate study and/or such careers as public relations, sales, radio, television, film, journalism, photography, publishing, advertising, consulting, arts communication, government, business and law.

Minor available in communication. Please check with your advisor for availability at your campus.

Degree Requirements

Required Major Courses

COM 11023SPEECH PREPARATION AND DELIVERY

COM 30163INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 30363ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 40163COMMUNICATION LAW AND ETHICS

COM 40164INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

COM 49263SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE

COM 23263NEWS AND FEATURE REPORTING

OR

COM 20165MEDIA WRITING

Choose at least three different production courses from the following:

COM 10051PROMOTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS

COM 10121INTERCOLLEGIATE FORENSICS

COM 10661RADIO WORKSHOP

COM 20361NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION

COM 20561VIDEO PRODUCTION

COM 30051ADVANCED PROMOTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS

COM 30121ADVNCD INTERCOLLEGIATE FORENSICS

COM 30361ADVANCED NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION

COM 30461ADVANCED YEARBOOK PRODUCTION

COM 30661ADVANCED RADIO WORKSHOP

COM 40561ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION

One of the Following:

ART 23023DESIGN I

HPS 13353AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

ITS 12100WEB DESIGN

OAD 31863MARKETING

Electives

16 hours from COM course offerings including an additional production course

Any of the following concentrations may be added to the communication major at The College. All communication major requirements must be met to acquire a concentration. Students may acquire multiple concentrations. No two courses may count toward two concentrations unless it is listed in the requirements of both concentrations. Concentrations are available in advertising, broadcast/radio, journalism, public relations, speech performance, and visual communication. Please consult your advisor for requirements and course offerings.
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