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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Communication Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/programs/undergrad-program.html

Undergraduate Programs in Communication Studies

Admission to Department

Admission to major is granted by the department.

Minimum University admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.20 (C).

Contact the department for application procedures.

In addition to the general requirements, a cumulative GPA of 2.2 must be maintained in the courses of the major.


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication Studies--36 credits ([PDF] pdf (200 KiB))

Required General Education (11 credits):
CMST 101W Interpersonal Communication (4)
CMST 102 Public Speaking (3) GE-1B
CMST 203 Intercultural Communication (4)

Major Common Core (16 credits):
CMST 150 Introduction to Argument (4)
CMST 190 Introduction to Communication Studies (4)
CMST 290 Communication Theory and Research (4)
CMST 485 Senior Seminar (4)

Major Restricted Electives (4 credits):
Theory Block (Choose 4 credits)

CMST 305 Communication and Community (4)
CMST 403 Gender and Communication (4)
CMST 409 Performance Studies (4)
CMST 412 Organizational Communication (4)
CMST 415 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture (4)
CMST 440 Special Topics (only with approval of Department Chair)

Major Unrestricted Electives (16 credits):
Required for Major - Choose 16 credits

Select 16 credits from the Department of Communication Studies
**12 of the 16 elective credits must in upper-level (300-400) classes 
**CMST 100 does not count toward the major

Minor: A minor is required.  May select any minor offered by the university


Bachelor of Arts ( BA) in Communication Studies--35 credits ([PDF] pdf (200 KiB))

Required General Education (8 credits):
CMST 101W Interpersonal Communication (4)
CMST 203 Intercultural Communication (4)
 

Major Common Core (15 credits):
CMST 102 Public Speaking (3) GE-1B
CMST 150 Introduction to Argument (4)
CMST 190 Introduction to Communication Studies (4)
CMST 485 Senior Seminar (4)

Major Restricted Electives (20 credits):
Argumentation & Ethics
(Choose 4 credits)
CMST 300 Ethics and Free Speech (4)
CMST 321 Argumentation and Debate (4)

Presentation and Performance
(Choose 8 credits)
CMST 310 Performance of Literature (4)
CMST 333 Advanced Public Communication (4)
CMST 409 Performance Studies (4)

Rhetoric 
(Choose 8 credits)
CMST 415 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture (4)
**CMST 415 may be repeated under different topics

Minor:  A minor is required.  Minor must be a language offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures (e.g., French, German, Spanish, Scandinavian Studies)


Communication Arts and Literature--Teacher Licensure ([PDF] pdf (84 KiB)

Required General Education (25 credits):
CMST 101W Interpersonal Communication (4)
CMST 102 Public Speaking (3) GE-1B
CMST 310 Performance of Literature (4)
HLTH 240 Drug Education (3) GE-5
KSP 220W Human Relations in a Multicultural Society (3) GE-7, GE-11, GE-1C
MASS 110 Intro to Mass Communications (4) GE-9

Literature (in addition to the classes above, choose 4 credits from below)
ENG 110 Intro to Literature (4) GE-6
ENG 112W *Intro to Poetry and Drama (4) GE-6, GE-1C
ENG 113W *Intro to Prose Literature (4) GE-6, GE-1C
ENG 211W *Perspectives in Literature, Film, and Human Diversity (4) 
ENG 212W *Perspectives in World Literature/Film (4) GE-6, GE-8, GE-1C
ENG 213W *Perspectives:  Ethics and Civic Responsibility in Literature/Film (4) GE-6, GE-9, GE-1C
ENG 215 Topics in Literature (2-4) GE-6 

Major Common Core (28 credits)
CMST 201 Small Group Communication (2-4)
CMST 315 Effective Listening (4)
CMST 321 Argumentation and Debate (4)
CMST 420 Methods:  Teaching Communication Arts
CMST 425 Methods:  Directing and Coaching Forensics
ENG 275 *Introduction to Literary Studies (4)
ENG 285 Practical Grammar (2)
ENG 362 Teaching English, Grades 5-12 (4)
ENG 381 Introduction to English Linguistics (4)

Students must be admitted to COE Professional Education before taking CMST 405. Students must have completed at least COE block one (KSP 210 and 220); KSP 201 is encouraged.

Major Restricted Electives (15 credits)
British Literature
Choose 4 credits
ENG 320 *British Literature to 1785 (4)
ENG 321 *British Literature 1785-Present (4)

American Literature
Choose 4 credits
ENG 327 *American Literature to 1865 (4)
ENG 328 *American Literature 1865-Present (4)

World Literature
Choose 2-4 credits
ENG 433 Selected Studies in World Literature (4)
ENG 435 The World Novel (2-4)

Shakespeare
Choose 2 credits
ENG 405 Shakespeare:  Comedies and Histories (2)
ENG 406 Shakespeare:  Tragedies (2)

Adolescent Literature 
Choose 3-4 credits
ENG 463 Adolescent Literature (4)
ENG 464 Teaching Literature in the Middle School (3)

Major Unrestricted Electives (2 credits):
Choose 2-5 credits
ENG 300-499
**Select 2-5 credits from 300 and 400 level courses (enough to total 34 credits in English)

*Course has prerequisite courses

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNICATION ARTS AND LITERATURE

Required for Major (Professional Education, 30 credits):
SEE SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND A LIST OF REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES.

  • Adding a new field or moving to 5-12 from 7-12 license:  http://ed.mnsu.edu/licensure/newfield.html
  • Adding 5 - 8 Middle School: Adding grades 5 to 8 to an existing K-6, 7-12, K-12 or new field requires three courses,  content coursework <http://ed.mnsu.edu/licensure/mscourses.html>  and a passing score on the Praxis exam.
  • Note: All licensed teachers seeking the 5-8 Add-on will need to take the following course work along with any content course work identified through a review of their transcripts.
    1. KSP 646:  The Middle School (3 credits). The course is designed to provide inexperienced and experienced educators with greater insight into the unique position of the middle school in the US system of public education.
    2. EEC 647:  Effective Reading for Content Areas in the Middle School (3 credits). The course focuses on practical, best practice strategies to help learners be more successful with textbooks and other kids of reading materials.
    3. KSP 648 Field Experiences in the Middle School (3 credits). This 100 hour field experience will provide opportunities for practicing teachers with a current MN teaching license to put theory into practice in a 5-8 environment. Candidates may need to complete a background check.

Minor in Communication Studies--19 credits ([PDF] pdf (200 KiB))

Core (11 credits):
CMST 101W Interpersonal Communication (4)
CMST 102 Public Speaking (3) 
CMST 150 Introduction to Argument (4)

Electives (8 credits):
Choose 8 credits from CMST 103-499
**4 of the 8 elective credits must in upper-level (300-400) classes
**CMST 100 does not count toward the minor


 Minor in Interdisciplinary Communications--27 credits ([PDF] pdf (68 KiB))

This interdisciplinary minor is for students who wish to enhance their communication skills for use in business and other professional settings. Students completing this minor will develop an understanding of contexts and rhetorical strategies for oral and written communication among professionals. Students will also develop their own ability to communicate through written texts, oral communication, and electronic formats. These skills are highly desirable by employers in a wide range of business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students may major in any of the programs affiliated with this minor, but the courses taken for the minor will not count toward the major.

Core (16 credits):
CMST 212 Professional Communication and Interviewing (4)
CMST 412 Organizational Communication (4)
ENG 271 *Technical Communication (4) 
ENG 474 *Researching and Writing Technical Reports (4)

Electives (11 credits):
Choose 11 credits from the following programs. At least one course must be at the 3/400 level.
CMST 225 Communicating With/Through Technology (4)
CMST 305 Communication & Community (4)
CMST 333 Advanced Public Communication (4)
CMST 445 Conflict Management (4)
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) GE-5
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3) GE-5
ENG 301W *Advanced Writing (4) GE-2, GE-1C
ENG 454 *Persuasive Writing on Public Issues (4)
ENG 455 *Advanced Writing Workshop (4)
ENG 471 Visual Technical Communication (4)
ENG 473 Desktop Publishing (4)
ENG 475 Editing Technical Publications (4)
IT 100 Introduction to Computing and Applications (4) GE-9, GE-13
IT 110 *Foundation of Computing (4) GE-13
RPLS 377 Public Relations (3)
RPLS 465 *Event Management (3)
URBS 150 Sustainable Communities (3) GE-5, GE-10
URBS 230 Community Leadership (3) GE-9, GE-11
URBS 412 Public Information and Involvement (3)

* Course has prerequisite courses


POLICIES/INFORMATION

  • GPA Policy. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.2 GPA
  • P/N Grading Policy: Total credits in the department must not exceed 25 percent P/N for a major or a minor
  • CMST 100 does not count toward major or minor
  • Internships are P/N option only
  • CMST minors may apply no more than 4 credits of CMST 498 and 4 credits of CMST 499 toward fulfillment of minor
  • CMST majors may apply no more than 8 credits of CMST 498 and 4 credits of CMST 499 toward fulfillment of major
  • Additional credits of CMST 498 and 499 may be applied toward total credits needed for graduation
     

Academic Probation Advising: Refer to the information listed in the College of Arts and Humanities section of the bulletin.

Course Repeat Policy: Students with a major/minor in Communication Studies may repeat any course in the department in an effort to improve grades. A student may repeat a specific course only once. In exceptional circumstances, a student may appeal to the department chair for a second repeat of a course. The official grade for the course, listings on a student's transcript, and other matters related to course repeats will adhere to appropriate university policies.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CMST 100 (3) Fundamentals of Speech Communication
A course designed to improve students' understanding in communication, including the areas of interpersonal, nonverbal, listening, small group and public speaking. GE-1B

CMST 101W (4) Interpersonal Communication
A course blending theory and practice to help individuals build effective relationships through improved communication.

CMST 102 (3) Public Speaking
A course in communication principles to develop skills in the analysis and presentation of speeches. GE-1B 

CMST 150 (4) Introduction to Argument
An introduction to the field of argument, addressing structure, types and critical analysis. Students will learn to identify types of reasoning, argument fallacies and pseudo-reasoning. Students will apply concepts in the construction and refutation of argument positions.

CMST 190 (4) Introduction to Communication Studies
Course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the history, scholarly writing, and academic journals in the communication discipline, thus, preparing the student for more advanced courses in the Department of Communication Studies.

CMST 201 (2-4) Small Group Communication
Development of communication skills for working with others in small group situations.

CMST 202 (4) Nonverbal Communication
Investigation of the concepts and theories of nonverbal communication. Designed to assist students in increasing their awareness and understanding of their nonverbal communication and in analyzing and understanding the nonverbal communication of others.

CMST 203 (4) Intercultural Communication
The course explores communication with people from other cultures, why misunderstandings occur and how to build clearer and more productive cross-cultural relationships.
GE-7, 8 CD-Core

CMST 212 (4) Professional Communication & Interviewing
Designed to help students improve oral communication skills in the workplace. The emphasis is on the preparation and presentation of public messages and interviewing in formats commonly used in business and professional settings. Listening as an oral communication skill in the workplace will be explored, as will the role of intercultural communication in the workplace. Individual speeches, group presentations, and interviews are the major presentations.

CMST 220 (1-4) Forensics
Activity course involving participation in intercollegiate speech tournaments. Course can be repeated for credit. GE-11

CMST 225 (4) Communicating With/Through Technology
A course designed to help students learn effective communication using a variety of contemporary technologies. Students will be better equipped to use communication technologies to communicate personal, professional, and public messages.

CMST 240 (4) Special Topics
Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of Communication Studies. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 290 (4) Communication Research
An introduction to the theory and practice of research in Communication Studies, including the critical evaluation of contemporary communication research.

CMST 300 (4) Ethics and Free Speech
This course is divided into two sections. First the class explores ethical parameters involved in communication from a variety of social and cultural perspectives. Second, the class investigates current standards and issues involving freedom of speech. GE-9

CMST 305 (4) Communication and Community
Students examine everyday communication practices (rituals, stories, symbols) analyzing what discursive practices turn individuals into a community. Students explore the meaning of community through experiential learning by experiencing and reflecting upon the way communication creates, maintains, transforms, and repairs community.

CMST 310 (4) Performance of LiteratureThis course is designed to develop the skills to complete the artistic process of studying literature through performance and sharing that study with an audience.
GE-6, 11

CMST 315 (4) Effective Listening
This course is designed to provide students with skills of effective listening, and the ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of educational and professional settings.

CMST 321 (4) Argumentation and Debate
Development of skills in the analysis, application and evaluation of argumentative communication.

CMST 333 (4) Advanced Public Communication
This is an advanced course in public presentation focused on improving presentational skills of speech delivery and language choice.

CMST 340 (1-4) Special Topics Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of Communication Studies. Topics vasry, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 403 (4) Gender and Communication
This course is designed to develop an understanding of how gender and communication interact. Students learn the basic theories and principles of communication as it applies to gender and develop skills to enhance communication between and among gender groups. CD-Core

CMST 420 (2) Methods: Teaching Communication Arts
This course fulfills secondary licensure requirements for Communication Arts and Literature. The course covers teaching methods and materials needed to develop units for speech communication courses in grades 5-12.
 

CMST 425 (2)  Methods:  Directing and Coaching Forensics
This course fulfills secondary licensure requirements for Communication Arts and Literature. The course covers methods and techniques in the development of competitive speech programs in grades 5-12.

 

CMST 409 (4) Performance Studies This course is an overview of key performance studies concepts, including cultural performance of everyday life, theories of play, social influence, and identity performance. Students will develop and present performances as a means to understand theoretical concepts.

CMST 412 (4) Organizational Communication
This course is designed to develop an understanding of Communication Studies in the organizational context. The course will aid each individual in working more effectively within any type of organization through exposure to major theories and works in the area of organizational communication.

CMST 415 (4) Topics in Rhetoric and Culture Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the intersecting fields of rhetoric and culture. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 416 (4) Topics in American Public Address
Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of American Public Address. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

CMST 435 (4) Forensics Pedagogy
Course is designed to give students a theoretical understanding of competitive speech and debate.

CMST 440 (1-4) Special Topics
A course designed for students who have a general interest in Communication Studies. Content of each special topics course will be different. May be retaken for credit.

CMST 445 (4) Conflict Management
This theory and research-oriented course examines the relationship between communication and conflict, and is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in dealing with conflict situations.

CMST 485 (4) Senior Seminar
This is a required capstone course of all Communication Studies majors and involves the completion and presentation of a senior level research project. Teaching majors are excluded from this requirement.
Pre: 190

CMST 490 (1-4) Workshop

CMST 497 (1-12) Teaching Internship
First-hand experience in the classroom assisting a faculty member.

CMST 498 (1-12) Internship Provides first-hand experience in applying communication theoriesin the workplace under the direction of an on-site supervisor.

CMST 499 (1-4) Individual Study
Independent study under the supervision of an instructor.