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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

B.A. in Communication at Shady Grove

5119 Camille Kendall Academic Center (Universities at Shady Grove), 301-738-6208
www.comm.umd.edu/
sgcomm@umd.edu

Lindsi Baltz

9636 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20750
301-738-6208
www.shadygrove.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/communication/umcp

Chair:  E. Toth
Director:  L. Waks (Director, Senior Lecturer)
Coordinator:  Lindsi Baltz (Program Coordinator)
Coordinator:  Julie Gowin (Outreach Coordinator)
Professors:  E. Fink, R. Gaines, J. Klumpp, S. Parry-Giles, T. Parry-Giles, A. Wolvin
Associate Professors:  L. Aldoory, D. Hample
Assistant Professors:  S. Khamis, B. Liu, M. Liu, K. Maddux, 
Lecturers:  R. Coleman (Lecturer), S. Simon (Lecturer), J. Tenney (Lecturer), R. Toth (Lecturer)
Professors Emeriti:  J. Grunig, L. Grunig
Visiting Faculty:  K. Kendall (Res Prof, Visit Prof), W. Lawson (Visiting Assistant Professor) 

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 .

The Center for Risk Communication Research (CRCR) advances dialogue and understanding about communication's role in controlling and preventing risk; about how publics perceive risk communication; and about the political, economic and social contexts for risk communication.  Scholars associated with the CRCR examine health, food safety, security, and environmental risks.  See www.comm.riskcenter.umd.edu .

The department's Media Center at College Park is designed to provide one-on-one tutoring and instructional support to further students' oral communication skills and confidence.  The Media Center is equipped with cameras and recording equipment to tape speeches and presentations for practice and critique.  Students may also utilize resources available at Shady Grove through the Office of Information Technology.

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 Center website at www.transfercredit.umd.edu .  Requirements for the major are as follows:

a.  Complete 75% of the general education requirements, including Fundamental Studies requirements in Mathematics and English.

b.  Complete one of the following courses with a grade of "C-" or better: BMGT230, CCJS200, EDMS451, PSYC200, SOCY201, STAT100 or equivalent.

c.  Complete COMM107, COMM200, COMM230, or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better

d.  Complete COMM250 or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better and

e.  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. 

Transfer Students

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.

Appeals

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:

 

 

Credits

COMM107

Oral Communication: Principles and Practices, OR

3

COMM200

Critical Thinking and Speaking, OR

3

COMM230

Argumentation and Debate

3

COMM250

Introduction to Communication Inquiry

3

COMM400

Research Methods in Communication

3

COMM401

Interpreting Strategic Discourse

3

 

Communication Studies Track

 

COMM402

Communication Theory and Process

3

 

One from:

3

COMM420

Theories of Group Discussion

 

COMM424

Communication in Complex Organizations

 

COMM425

Negotiation and Conflict Management

 

COMM426

Conflict Management

 

COMM435

Theories of Interpersonal Communication

 

COMM470

Listening

 

COMM475

Persuasion

 

COMM477

Discourse Analysis

 

COMM482

Intercultural Communications

 

 

One from:

3

COMM330

Argumentation and Public Policy

 

COMM360

The Rhetoric of Black America

 

COMM450

Ancient and Medieval Rhetorical Theory

 

COMM451

Renaissance & Modern Rhetoric Theory

 

COMM453

The Power of Discourse in American Life

 

COMM455

Speechwriting

 

COMM460

Public Life in American Communities, 1634-1900

 

COMM461

Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century

 

COMM469

The Discourse of Social Movements

 

COMM471

Public Communication Campaigns

 

COMM476

Language, Communication, and Action

 

COMM

COMM Elective

 

COMM300/400

Upper Level COMM Electives

12

 

One Statistical Analysis from:

3-4

STAT100 Elementary Statistics and Probability  

SOCY201

Introductory Statistics for Sociology

 

BMGT230

Business Statistics

 

EDMS451

Introduction to Educational Statistics or an equivalent course - see advisor

 

 

One Structural Analysis of Language from:

3

LING200

Introductory Linguistics

 

HESP120

Introduction to Linguistics

 

ANTH380

Culture and Discourse or an equivalent course - see advisor

 

COURSES

Communications Studies: Courses related to Communication Studies in one department other than COMM

9

Notes:

  • Because the department's curriculum changes over time, the department's Undergraduate Director may approve other appropriate Communication courses to meet the requirements for each track.
  • Courses required for the Communication major, but taken outside COMM, may be used to satisfy general education requirements.
  • Only 3 credits of COMM386 may apply toward the major.
  • No course grade below the grade of "C-" may count toward the major.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.

Advising

Advising is available throughout the year in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Suite 5119.  Students should check Testudo 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 Center for Risk Communication Research.

Fieldwork Opportunities

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.

Internships

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.

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