Department of Communication

Interim Chair and Associate Professor: Dr. Payne, 450-3202
Professor: Dr. Hikins
Associate Professors: Dr. Bedner, Dr. McIntyre
Assistant Professors: Dr. Alston-Miller, Dr. Pe-Aguirre, Dr. Pitchford, Dr. Brown
Lecturers: Ms. Colaianni, Ms. Bray
Instructors: Dr. Dilday, Ms. Fritzges, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Lowery, Mr. McCullars, Ms. Phillips, Mr. Russell

[1] Purposes

The Department of Communication offers the basic oral communication general education course supporting the university's emphasis on speaking and thinking skills across the curriculum. The department also offers courses in public relations, communication, and offers majors in public relations and communication. The department also offers minors in public relations and communication.

[2] Baccalaureate Degrees

[2.1] Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Public Relations

The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in public relations requires the successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) special degree requirements; (3) a major as described below; and (4) a minor as arranged through the student's minor advisor.

[2.1.1] Major in Public Relations (39 hours)

Core Courses (18 hours):

MCOM 3301 Media Law and Ethics
PRLS 2305 Introduction to Public Relations
SPCH 2308 Perspectives in Communication
SPCH 2313 Introduction to Communication Research
SPCH 3301 Organizational Communication
SPCH 3308 Argumentation and Advocacy or
SPCH 3312 Persuasion

Application Courses (18 hours):

JOUR 2300 Beginning Reporting
JOUR 3305 Publication Design and Makeup
PRLS 3305 Public Relations Techniques
PRLS 3310 Writing for Public Relations
PRLS 4305 Public Relations Cases and Campaigns
PRLS 4308 Public Relations Management

Electives (3 hours, chosen from the following):

PRLS 4310 Nonprofit Public Relations
PRLS 4312 International Public Relations
PRLS 4316 Special Topics in Public Relations
PRLS 4380 Directed Study in Public  Relations
SPCH 3310 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 3321 Communication Internship
SPCH 3330 Event Planning
SPCH 3341 Small Group Communication
SPCH 3370 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 4315 Communication and Leadership
SPCH 4318 Crisis Communication
SPCH 4325 Health Communication
SPCH 4334 Political Communication

[2.1.2] Minor in Public Relations (21 hours)

Required Courses at 2000-level (6 hours):

PRLS 2305 Introduction to Public Relations
SPCH 2308 Perspectives in Communication

Required Courses at 3000-/4000-level (9 hours):

PRLS 3305 Public Relations Techniques
PRLS 4308 Public Relations Management
SPCH 3301 Organizational Communication

Plus two courses to be selected from the following (6 hours):

PRLS 4310 Nonprofit Public Relations
PRLS 4316 Special Topics in Public Relations
SPCH 3310 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 3370 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 4315 Communication and Leadership
SPCH 4318 Crisis Communication
SPCH 4325 Health Communication
SPCH 4334 Political Communication

[2.2] Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Speech

The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in speech requires the successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) special degree requirements; (3) a major as described below; and (4) a minor as arranged through the student's minor advisor.

[2.2.1] Major in Speech (34 hours)

Required Courses (9 hours):

SPCH 2308 Perspectives in Communication
SPCH 2313 Introduction to Communication Research
SPCH 3312 Persuasion or
SPCH 3308 Argumentation and Advocacy

Electives (21 hours, chosen from the following):

SPCH 3301 Organizational Communication
SPCH 3303 Gender Communication
SPCH 3307 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 3310 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 3311 Evolution of Rhetorical Theory
SPCH 3321 Communication Internship
SPCH 3330 Event Planning
SPCH 3341 Small Group Communication
SPCH 3370 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 4305 African-American Rhetoric
SPCH 4310 Presidential Rhetoric
SPCH 4315 Communication and Leadership
SPCH 4316 Special Topics in Communication
SPCH 4318 Crisis Communication
SPCH 4320 Nonverbal Communication
SPCH 4325 Health Communication
SPCH 4330 Family Communication
SPCH 4334 Political Communication
SPCH 4380 Directed Study in Communication

Required Capstone Courses (4 hours):

SPCH 4336 Advanced Communication Theory
SPCH 4130 Communication Practicum

[2.2.2] Minor in Speech (21 hours)

Required Courses (9 hours):

SPCH 2308 Perspectives in Communication
SPCH 2313 Introduction to Communication Research
SPCH 3312 Persuasion or
SPCH 3308 Argumentation and Advocacy

Electives (12 hours, chosen from the following, with at least 9 hours at the 3000-/4000-level):

SPCH 3301 Organizational Communication
SPCH 3303 Gender Communication
SPCH 3307 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 3310 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 3311 Evolution of Rhetorical Theory
SPCH 3321 Communication Internship
SPCH 3330 Event Planning
SPCH 3341 Small Group Communication
SPCH 3370 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 4305 African-American Rhetoric
SPCH 4310 Presidential Rhetoric
SPCH 4315 Communication and Leadership
SPCH 4316 Special Topics in Communication
SPCH 4318 Crisis Communication
SPCH 4320 Nonverbal Communication
SPCH 4325 Health Communication
SPCH 4330 Family Communication
SPCH 4334 Political Communication
SPCH 4380 Directed Study in Communication

[3] Course Links

[3.1] Courses in Public Relations (PRLS)

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[3.2] Courses in Speech Communication (SPCH]

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