UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements: 12 Credits
COMS 106 Interpersonal Communication 3 cr.
COMS 286 Introduction to Communication Studies 3 cr.
COMS 386 Communication Theory and Qualitative Research 3 cr.
COMS 486 Senior Capstone 3 cr.

Goal Requirements: 12-14 credits
Students will take courses to fulfill the five goals of the Communication Studies Program. Courses may be counted in up to two separate goals. For example, if a student takes COMS 308, it may count for BOTH Goal One and Goal Three.

Goal One: Students must take TWO of the following courses to fulfill the goal "Ability to Collaborate."
COMS 206 Family Communication
COMS 308 Small Group Communication
COMS 316 Organizational Communication
COMS 318 Communication and Leadership
COMS 416 Training and Development

Goal Two: Students must take ONE of the following courses to fulfill the goal "Ability to Comprehend Research."
COMS 306 Nonverbal Communication
COMS 319 Freedom to Speak
COMS 440 Gender Communication
COMS 314 Rhetorical Criticism

Goal Three: Students must take TWO of the following courses to fulfill the goal "Ability to be Innovative, Strategic and Effective Communicators."
COMS 206 Family Communication
COMS 211 Public Speaking
COMS 213 Intercultural Communication
COMS 216 Communication in the Interview
COMS 306 Nonverbal Communication
COMS 308 Small Group Communication
COMS 312 Argumentation
COMS 315 Communication and Social Change
COMS 318 Communication and Leadership
COMS 416 Training and Development

Goal Four: Students must take ONE of the following courses to fulfill the goal "Ability to Comprehend Communication Literacy."
COMS 206 Family Communication
COMS 306 Nonverbal Communication
COMS 308 Small Group Communication
COMS 314 Rhetorical Criticism
COMS 315 Communication and Social Change
COMS 316 Organizational Communication
COMS 319 Freedom to Speak
COMS 416 Training and Development
COMS 440 Gender Communication

Goal Five: Students must take TWO of the following courses to fulfill the goal "Ability to Communicate Ethically."
COMS 211 Public Speaking
COMS 213 Intercultural Communication
COMS 315 Communication in Social Change
COMS 318 Communication and Leadership
COMS 319 Freedom to Speak
COMS 314 Rhetorical Criticism

Individual Study Requirements: 3-4 Credits
Students will take one of the following to complement their course of study in consultation with their advisor.
COMS 379 Communication Studies Internship (3-4 hours)
COMS 499 Independent Study (3 hours)

Directed Electives: up to 9 credits
Students must take additional credits in COMS to equal a minimum of 36 credits in the major.

Supporting Course
Students must take either COMS 101 or COMS 116 as a supporting course for the major.

Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
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