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The Major at Shady Grove
The department offers an exciting curriculum that prepares students for academic and professional careers in business, government, health, education, social and human services, and related fields. Courses offered by the department include persuasion and social influence, rhetoric and the analysis of messages, communication and new media, digital communication, organizational communication, public relations strategies, and intercultural communication. All students in the program at Shady Grove are required to complete mandatory advising each semester.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the degree program in Communication, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
1. An ability to distinguish among a variety of theoretical approaches in the communication discipline and use them appropriately and effectively in academic work.
2. An ability to conduct research and write research reports employing social scientific and/or humanistic approaches in the communication discipline.
3. An ability to argue clearly and effectively in a speech.
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership unites research, education, and public engagement to foster democratic communication by a diverse people. See: www.comm.center.umd.edu .
Admission to the Major
Students interested in Communication should have an overall GPA of 2.7 or better, and a grade of "C-" or better in each of the three courses specifically required by the major (COMM250, COMM107, Statistics, or their equivalents). Applicants should also attain junior standing (56 or more transferable college credits) by the time of enrollment. For more information on admission and lower-level coursework requirements, please visit the Communication web site at www.shadygrove.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/communication/umcp or the Transfer Credit Services website at www.transfercredit.umd.edu . Requirements for the major are as follows:
a. Complete one of the following courses with a grade of "C-" or better: BMGT230, CCJS200, EDMS451, PSYC200, SOCY201, STAT100 or equivalent.
b. Complete COMM107, COMM200, COMM230, or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better
c. Complete COMM250 or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better
d. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better
Students may repeat only one of the Gateway courses and that may be repeated only once in their attempt to meet the requirements.
Internal and external transfer students who meet the Gateway requirements specified above and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in all college-level coursework may apply to the program.
All students may appeal admission decisions. Those students denied admission may appeal to the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Requirements for the Major
The course of study for a Communication major must satisfy all of the following requirements:
Advising is available throughout the year in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Suite 5119. Students should check Testudo ( http://testudo.umd.edu/ ) for their registration date and for any mandatory advising blocks.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Research experiences include assisting on faculty research projects, participating in special team research projects, and working with the department's Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership and/or Center for Risk Communication Research.
To further enhance learning and career training, the department incorporates special hands-on classes such as Health Communication Campaigns, Visual Communication, Web Design, and PR Event Planning. The department also strongly promotes internship and service learning opportunities with local and state businesses and institutions, and encourages students' participation in student-run clubs.
The department's internship program helps communication majors gain professional experience, build a professional portfolio, and take the first steps toward a career. The department structures its internship program around a course, COMM386: Experiential Learning, offered each school term.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Social and academic activities are available to students by participating in the following student organizations: the Undergraduate Communication Association, the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, and the Maryland chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The department offers the Chaim and Miriam Bentzlovitch Scholarship to students who exhibit academic excellence. Each year the department distributes a call for applications through e-mail.