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Studying Communication at Regis

Regis’ communication program provides foundational understanding of the study of communication (theory and methods) and knowledge in areas such as public, intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication; performance, advertising, public relations, mass media and cultural studies; video production, and new communication technologies.
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B.A. in Communication

Degree Overview

Our program and degree are designed for students whose academic, creative and professional interests may be interdisciplinary or wide-ranging. Our majors and minors are required to take theory, research methods, ethics and a capstone course, in addition to an array of other offerings that expand knowledge across the discipline. They also complete an internship or practicum.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Communication Lower Division Major

300 Level Courses

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Six (6) semester hours of a 300-level Communication (COM)
course selected from the following:
COM 301, COM 303, COM 310, COM 311, COM 312

COM 210/210C

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

COM 380 - Com: Questions, Contexts & Theory

Examines ways that communication constitutes social life and introduces several important theories of meaning-making for dialogic consideration. Explores interpersonal relationships; the intersections of language, gender, culture and power, and the dynamics of mass media and society. Foregrounds the notion of context, and engages the question of how we ought to live.

COM 381 - Research Methods in Communication

Surveys a variety of communication research methods and guides students through their own research proposals and/or projects. Students learn to write literature reviews, research questions and reports, observe, document and analyze communication, and conduct interviews and surveys.

Cross listing(s): COM 281.

RC: Communication Upper Division Major

COM 427 - Communication Ethics

Explores theoretical and practical issues in the explanations of ethical options and decisions in relational, organizational, and mass communication contexts. Case studies, practical analysis, and current ethical dilemmas in communication are investigated from multiple theoretical perspectives.

COM 495 - Senior Capstone Experience

Brings senior Communication majors together to explore the synthesis of the discipline. Students engage in research projects, job-search strategies, interviewing and professional development.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

Electives

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Take eighteen (18) upper division semester hours
from Communication (COM)

Practicum/Internship

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Take 3 credits of Practicum or Internship
COM 496M/496O/496P -Communication Practicum
or
COM 498M/498O/498P -Internship in Communication

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

COM 210 Speech Communication (3.00)

Provides an overview of the process of communication and introduces communication theory. Provides practical training in the fundamentals of effective presentation for individuals in both public speaking and group communication settings. Emphasizes discussion of contemporary issues and the analysis of public discourse.

Cross listing(s): COM 210C.

COM 210H Honors Speech Communication (3.00)

Provides knowledge and skills to enable students to lead others more effectively through improved presentational communication in a variety of contexts. Includes developing a more meaningful voice based on ethical communication, audience engagement and thoughtful responses to contemporary issues. NOTE: Honors students only.

COM 303 American Media Institutions (3.00)

Surveys the historical development of American mass media. Explores regulatory, economic, political and social influences of mass communication.

COM 310 Interpersonal Communication (3.00)

Studies interpersonal aspects of communication. Introduces concepts and related skills that define communication in a variety of face-to-face contexts. Includes models of communication, language and meaning, nonverbal and verbal communication, perception, conflict and establishing positive human relationships via communication.

COM 311 Business & Professional Communication (3.00)

Introduction to basic skills, principles and contexts of communication in business and professional settings. Focuses on organization, adaptation and delivery of presentations for many types of business and professional settings.

Pre-requisite: TAKE COM*380;

Cross listing(s): BA 311.

COM 312 Performances of Self and Society (3.00)

Provides an overview of the many performances that create and support individual and social identity. Studies the notion of 'performance' through sociological, anthropological and literary/artistic lenses. Points performance as one of the most creative, imaginative and pragmatic of human communication responses.

Pre-requisite: COM*210

COM 380 Com: Questions, Contexts & Theory (3.00)

Examines ways that communication constitutes social life and introduces several important theories of meaning-making for dialogic consideration. Explores interpersonal relationships; the intersections of language, gender, culture and power, and the dynamics of mass media and society. Foregrounds the notion of context, and engages the question of how we ought to live.

COM 381 Research Methods in Communication (3.00)

Surveys a variety of communication research methods and guides students through their own research proposals and/or projects. Students learn to write literature reviews, research questions and reports, observe, document and analyze communication, and conduct interviews and surveys.

Cross listing(s): COM 281.

COM 400 Intercultural Communication (3.00)

Using readings, film, field experience and/or dialogue, the course investigates cultural identity, meaning, patterns, relationships and conflicts that arise as contact increases between people of different cultures in our global society.

Cross listing(s): PJ 406.

COM 402 Media Aesthetics (3.00)

A survey of aesthetic considerations of television, film and radio. Students will examine the fundamental image elements-light, space, time-motion and sound.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 403E-W Forensic Participation: (1.00)

Students prepare at least two events in public speaking and/or oral interpretation of literature. Requires attendance at a minimum of two tournaments to qualify for credit. NOTE: Students who wish to participate in competitive forensic tournaments can earn up to three (3) semester hours credit (credit per semester over three semesters).

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 405 Interpersonal Conflict Studies (3.00)

Examines conflict in a variety of human relationships. Explores conceptual and practical skills to analyze and manage conflicts including face-to-face and third-party negotiations.

Pre-requisite: TAKE COM*380;

Cross listing(s): PJ 405.

COM 409 Critical Methods for Visual Commun (3.00)

Studies a variety of methods currently utilized for conducting a critical analysis of communication acts. Includes dramatism, semiotics, narrative theory, reader-oriented criticism, feminist criticism and others. Students apply one or more of these methods in developing and presenting critical analyses of discourses.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 413 Strategies of Dialogue (3.00)

Examines the dynamics of group communication through theoretical lenses, explores some difficulties in negotiating high-stakes or emotional terrain, and practical approaches for imagining, conducting and participating in productive dialogues.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

Cross listing(s): PJ 413.

COM 414 Small Group Communication (3.00)

Provides a comprehensive overview of psychological group theories and empirical findings, emphasizing principles of group dynamics. Includes group projects and classroom simulations.

Pre-requisite: COM*380 PY*250

Cross listing(s): PY 445.

COM 416 Public Relations (3.00)

Studies the history, purpose and processes of public relations. Examines public relations tools and practices, ranging from preparing and conducting a public relations program, setting up a news conference, establishing and running a speaker bureau, designing and producing a brochure and editing an employee newsletter.

Cross listing(s): BA 416.

COM 418 Organizational Communication (3.00)

Surveys contemporary organizational communication theories and practices. Investigates issues such as diversity, participation, technology, corporate ethics, the environment, and globalization. Focuses on analyzing and critiquing current organizational practices and assumptions, with an aim toward increasing social justice and ethics.

Cross listing(s): PJ 423 BA 418.

COM 421 Persuasion and Argumentation (3.00)

Studies persuasion and argumentation from the early Aristotelian perspective to contemporary research. Includes models of the persuasive process, emotional stimulation, proofs and reasoning, cultural premises, and ethics of persuasion.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 424 New Communication Technologies (3.00)

Examines how new media works, what effects may result from their use in public and private settings, and how they might, when necessary, be regulated.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 425 Video Production (3.00)

A survey of video production methods and aesthetic theory. Students become proficient in pre-production planning, basic video production techniques and equipment, using both studio and remote equipment. Students produce a basic video project.

Pre-requisite: COM*380 COM*402

COM 427 Communication Ethics (3.00)

Explores theoretical and practical issues in the explanations of ethical options and decisions in relational, organizational, and mass communication contexts. Case studies, practical analysis, and current ethical dilemmas in communication are investigated from multiple theoretical perspectives.

COM 428 Media and Politics (3.00)

Examines the relationship of mass media and political campaigns. Explores political communication aspects including news, debates, polls, advertising, technology, and effects on voters. Examines the role of media in political scandal or foreign affairs.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 430 Music/Audio Technology (3.00)

Engage creatively and critically with the society around us in artistic and socially aware ways through creation of original audio projects such as studio and live recordings, electronic compositions, radio plays, oral histories, audio postcards, etc. Techniques to be covered include the use of microphones, recording equipment, and audio sequencing/editing software.

Cross listing(s): FAMT 430.

COM 432 Advertising Theory and Practice (3.00)

Studies advertising and promotional aspects of marketing in depth. Integrates theory with practical planning, management and strategy issues.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

Cross listing(s): MKT 432.

COM 440 Gender, Sexuality & Communication (3.00)

Explores connections between communication, gender, and sexuality in close relationships, organizations and the media. Course involves readings, dialogues, films, field trips, and group projects.

Pre-requisite: TAKE COM*380 WS*400;

Cross listing(s): PJ 440 WS 440 WGS 440.

COM 445 TV Programming and Criticism (3.00)

Studies television programming, theory, techniques and strategies. Explores the themes and assumptions inherent in television messages and the role of audience research in the development of television content.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

COM 464E-W Film Criticism: (3.00)

Introduces the technical evolution and history of film and the principles of aesthetic criticism, film analysis and the evolution of themes and genres. Considers basic elements of cinema including screen writing, direction, casting, production, cinematography, and editing.

COM 475 In-Depth News Reporting and Writing (3.00)

Develop beat and in-depth news stories, practicing skills in research, source development and interviewing; story framing, structure, and style; graphics and layout design. Considers perspectives on the role of journalists in democratic society.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

Cross listing(s): PJ 495K.

COM 485E-W Special Topics/Communications: (3.00)

Examines special topics in the field of communication in depth. Includes assignment options of original research and creative projects.

COM 486 Mass Communication and Society (3.00)

Investigates and analyzes economic, political and ideological dimensions of mass communication and social control, and the development of mass media forms.

Cross listing(s): SO 486.

COM 490E-W Independent Study in Communication (1.00 - 6.00)

Supervision by a faculty member on advanced research or practice in one of the media that meets the individual needs of the student.

COM 495 Senior Capstone Experience (3.00)

Brings senior Communication majors together to explore the synthesis of the discipline. Students engage in research projects, job-search strategies, interviewing and professional development.

Pre-requisite: COM*380

MAE 640I Leading Professional Learning (3.00)

Discusses how to effectively plan and facilitate quality professional learning in schools/districts. Through research and adult learning theory application, covers how to advance and support critical reflection to improve student learning.

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