Communication & Leadership

Bachelor of Arts | Minor

Overview

The B.A. in Communication & Leadership provides students with a foundation in the theoretical dimensions of human communication and the principles and practices of effective leadership. Students will develop knowledge, skills, and aptitudes to function as engaged citizens in both personal and career-oriented contexts. Students will graduate with a clearer understanding of social challenges and the innovative communication strategies needed to lead positive change in their careers and in their communities.

So, if you plan on working in Corporate America, government, politics, civic advocacy, non-profit, or even attending Law School, and want to have skills that would make a difference, then majoring in Communication & Leadership will put you on your way to a successful career after graduation.

Why Communication & Leadership?

NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, listed the following as the top 5 qualities employers seek from college graduates:

  • – Ability to work in a team;
  • – Verbal communication skills;
  • – Ability to make decisions and problem solve;
  • – Ability to obtain and process information;
  • – Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.

These are the very things you learn and practice when you major in Communication. Taking in-depth courses that will improve your verbal communication skills, group communication skills, and conflict-management skills will prepare you for any future. Our students and graduates have attained internships and job placements in various institutions including: British Embassy Scottish Affairs, Vista Build, City of Columbia, Aerotek, Teleperformance, and many others.

B.A. in Communication & Leadership

Major Courses (15 semester hours):

  • COMM 200 Foundations of Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication or COMM 340, Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 220 Advanced Public Speaking or COMM 250, Business & Professional Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 320LS Leadership & Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 499 Senior Seminar in Communication (3 s.h.)

Specified Electives (21 semester hours)

  • COMM 180 Pearce Communication Center Training & Development (1 s.h.)
  • COMM 200 Foundations of Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 215 Sports Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 220 Advanced Public Speaking (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 225 Presidential Rhetoric (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 230 Health Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 235 Nonverbal Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 250 Business & Professional Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 255 Computer Mediated Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 260 Communication as Performance (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 270K Internship (1-4 s.h.)
  • COMM 300 African American Rhetoric (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 310 Persuasion (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 320LS Leadership & Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 330 The Rhetoric of Public Advocacy (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 335 Political Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 340 Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 350 Organizational Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 355 Leadership, Crisis & Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 360 Gender & Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 365 Media & Popular Culture (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 205 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 s.h.)
  • PR 260 Introduction to Public Relations (3 s.h.)
  • LEAD 101 Leadership & Professional Development (3 s.h.)
  • LEAD 201 Leadership Theories & Strategies (3 s.h.)
  • LEAD 301 Leadership in Context (3 s.h.)
  • LEAD 401LS Leadership in Action (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 499 Senior Seminar in Communication (3 s.h.)

Minor in Communication & Leadership

The Minor in Communication & Leadership develops practical skills in communication and leadership competency preparing students for active engagement in their major areas of study.

Minor Courses (9 semester hours)

  • COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication or COMM 340 Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 220 Advanced Public Speaking or COMM 250 Business & Professional Communication (3 s.h.)
  • COMM 320LS Leadership & Communication (3 s.h.)

In addition to 9 semester hours of specified elective courses listed above.

Bachelor of Arts | Minor