Interdisciplinary Studies with Communication Concentration

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in communication allows students who are interested in continued study in the field of communication the curricular flexibility to satisfy their learning goals.  The concentration includes course work in media studies, ePublishing, sports communication, organizational communication, communication theory, humor, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, small groups and teams, mass media, and communication in professional settings.

Prior to the beginning of the junior year or upon declaration of the major, interdisciplinary studies majors are required to submit a well-reasoned plan of study to their faculty advisor.   As a part of this plan, students will choose an overarching theme (e.g., cross-cultural leadership, gender studies, communication and crime, communication and professional writing), propose the course work that supports the theme, and articulate their intellectual interest or career objective that guides and justifies the selected course of study.  The plan will also include the student’s immediate and long-term professional goals as well as the student’s academic goals.  Once the plan of study is approved by the student’s faculty advisor, a copy will be submitted to the chair of the Department of Communication.  As a part of their senior seminar, students will assess the extent to which their individual program and the skills and knowledge gained from the selected courses helped them achieve their personal and professional goals and will offer suggestions to strengthen the program for future majors.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills/Reasoning3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
or MATH 1111 College Algebra
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
Choose one of the following:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Health and Wellness Concepts
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Race and Ethnicity in America
PRSP Elective (See advisor)
Area C: English/Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two ENGL course(s):3-6
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course is chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Eight Credit Hours of Lab Science Electives:8
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy of Solar Sys. Lab
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Stellar & Galac. Astronomy Lab
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following electives:3-4
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Computer Concepts/Programming
Principles of Programming I
Principles of Programming II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Precalculus Mathematics
Applied Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
Choose two of the following electives:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
18 credit hours chosen from Areas B-F. Courses previously used to satisfy other Area B-F requirements cannot be shared here. Please note that courses from Area B are one-credit hour.18
ENGL 3000Writing for Educ/Soc Sciences3
12 additional credit hours, with at least 3 hours above the 2000-level12
* Humanities: 0-3 hours of courses in literature, composition, music, theatre, and/or film
* Social Sciences: 3-6 hours of courses in anthropology, criminal justice, philosophy, political science, psychology, and/or sociology
* Communication: 3-6 hours of courses in communication and/or foreign language
* History: 3-6 hours of courses in history and/or geography
Grades of C or better required. Students may choose any Dalton State minor that can be completed with 15-18 credit hours. Courses used here may not be shared with any other block. Students may need to use a free elective to satisfy prerequisites.15-18
Students must complete the required courses (listed below) as well as three additional communication (COMM) courses at the 3000-4000 level. Although only one is required, both COMM 4180 and COMM 4602 may be taken towards the fulfillment of this area.
Communication Concentration Required Courses
COMM 3100Intro to Communication Theory3
COMM 3301Communication for Prof Setting3
COMM 3400Organizational Communication3
COMM 4180Media Effects3
or COMM 4602 Mass Media and Society
Communication Concentration Electives
Choose three of the following:9
Intro to Public Relations
Principles of Advertising
Writing for Electronic Media
Sports Communication
Persuasive Communication
Communication Research Methods
Advanced Communication Skills
Nonverbal Communication
New Communication Technology
Readings in Leadership & Commu
Communication Small Grps/Teams
Humor Communication
Political Communication
Special Topics Communication
Communication Internship
Applied Research Methods
Integrated Marketing Comm
Interperson Comm/Conflict Mgmt
Media Effects
Social Media Communication
Emerging Media
Law & Ethics in Communication
Studies in Film
Intercultural Communication
Mass Media and Society
Gender and Communication
Courses may be selected from any of the College's offerings (with the exception of career/technical courses) to complement the student's program or satisfy a prerequisite.3-6
INTS 4999Interdisciplinary Studies Sem **3
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective1
Total Hours121-122

The total number of hours required for the baccalaureate in interdisciplinary studies is 121, with at least 39 hours of upper-division course work overall. Hours completed in one area cannot be counted toward another area. For example, hours taken to satisfy Essential Areas cannot be counted toward the Required Minor. 


COMM 1100. Human Communications. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides a broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public speaking. Presents students with an introduction to communication as a field of academic study. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in various communication techniques, including public speaking, group presentations, and critical listening skills.(F,S)
Prerequisites: ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

COMM 1110. Fundamentals of Speech. 3-0-3 Units.

Presents the basic principles of effective oral communication. Emphasizes planning, researching, organizing, and presenting types of speeches used in business, educational, and political activities. Gives special attention to informative and persuasive extemporaneous speeches. (F,S,M) Pre- or co-requisite ENGL 0999, unless exempt.

COMM 1110H. Honors Fundamentals of Speech. 3-0-3 Units.

COMM 1120. Argumentation and Advocacy. 1-0-1 Unit.

Explores aspects of speech research and policy analysis. Students will research, develop, and persuasively argue selected topics. Additionally, the course will prepare students for competition in parliamentary and public debate. Issues to be discussed, analyzed, and debated include educational, political, and social events.(S, alternate years)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110.

COMM 2000. Intro to Mass Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides a historical and social overview of the mass media and their relationship to the mass communication process in a modern society.(F, S, M)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 and ENGL 1101 with grades of C or better.

COMM 2000H. Honors Mass Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

COMM 2110. Interpersonal Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Focuses on the development of assertiveness, leadership, conflict resolution skills, critical thinking, and greater understanding of the complexities of the communication process. Practical and theoretical applications for all theories and concepts will be discussed.(F, S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a grade of C or better; ENGL 1101.

COMM 3000. Intro to Public Relations. 3-0-3 Units.

An introduction to the history, role, and functions of public relations, including public relations theory, ethics, and industry and career issues.(F)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; and COMM 2000 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3001. Principles of Advertising. 3-0-3 Units.

Explores advertising and promotion as related to level of economic growth, cultural influences, and sociological environments.(S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3100. Intro to Communication Theory. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the students to the diverse insights and approaches to the process of human communication, examining the philosophical and empirical backgrounds to the theories and the practical applications of the theories. The class will emphasize interactivity and use of communication skills as it examines theories of rhetorical, group, mass, interpersonal, and intercultural communication.(F)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000.

COMM 3101. Writing for Electronic Media. 3-0-3 Units.

Non-fiction writing for television, radio, and the Internet focusing on issues such as public affairs, commercials, documentaries, and narrative pieces. (F) Prerequisite: COMM 1110 with a C or better; and COMM 2000 or instructor permission

COMM 3200. Sports Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines the role communication plays in sports and sports organizations, including marketing, sports journalism, and critical examinations of how controversial issues in sports are discussed and disseminated by the media.(Offered as needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; English 1102.

COMM 3220. Persuasive Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Focuses on the development of critical evaluation, research, and persuasive speaking skills. Individual oral presentations, small group problem-solving discussions, and debating contexts will be considered.(S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; ENGL 1102.

COMM 3301. Communication for Prof Setting. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces baccalaureate students outside of the School of Business to the purposes, modes, and desired outcomes of oral and written communication in the business and professional workplace. Topics will include internal and external correspondence such as letters, email, reports, and newsletters; communication tasks involved in gaining employment; understanding the contemporary workplace environment; communicating in groups and teams; and public presentation for training and sales.(F,S, M online)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or better; COMM 1110 with a grade of C or better; successful completion of at least 30 credit hours.

COMM 3310. Communication Research Methods. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines research methods including survey, experimental, observational, and content analysis methods as well as philosophy of science, research design, measurement, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.(S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1100, COMM 1110, COMM 2110 with a C or better; COMM 2000; COMM 3100.

COMM 3330. Advanced Communication Skills. 3-0-3 Units.

(F through eMajor)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better.

COMM 3331. Nonverbal Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

A review of recent literature on nonverbal communication including such topics as kinesics, proxemics, kinesthetic behavior, environment, physical characteristics, and personal appearance. (When needed) Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2110 or instructor permission

COMM 3332. New Communication Technology. 3-0-3 Units.

Relates the design, development, and the use of new communication technologies to social, economic, and policy implications. (Offered as needed) Prerequisite: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000

COMM 3350. Listening. 3-0-3 Units.

This course teaches students to understand the complexity of listening and the nature of listening in the human communication process. This course will stress six skill areas: 1) hearing messages, 2) understanding messages, 3) remembering messages, 4) interpreting messages, 5) evaluating messages, and 6) responding to messages. (F, alternate years) Prerequisite: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2110

COMM 3400. Organizational Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces students to the processes and principles that explain the way organizations communicate both internally and externally. Examines topics such as organizational cultures, conflict management, initiating change, leadership, team building, globalization, technology, and organizational diversity, etc. Exposes students to organizational communication from a historical and theoretical perspective, as well as an examination of current trends.(F)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; ENGL 1102.

COMM 3405. Readings in Leadership & Commu. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines leadership theory in light of the communication discipline (in reference to communication theory and practice) and offers opportunities for students to understand leadership theory and to examine practices of communication in leadership across multiple sectors of social, educational, and political contexts. (F, alternate years) Prerequisites: COMM 1110 and COMM 2000

COMM 3425. Communication Small Grps/Teams. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines the theories behind small group interaction with a view to equipping students to perform leadership roles in small educational discussion groups, work teams, parliamentary style meetings, and decision-making groups. Emphasis will be placed on practical application, listening skills, conflict resolution, arriving at consensus, creativity, and critical thinking with many opportunities for leadership development.(F, alternate years)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000.

COMM 3500. Humor Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Explores humor as a communication device in a variety of contexts including, but not limited to, interpersonal communication, public address, organizational communication, language health communication, humor theory, intercultural communication, and humor in the media. Focuses on theoretical moorings and application to real-world settings.(S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; ENGL 1101.

COMM 3510. Political Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

This course will examine political campaigns, elections, and American politics with regard to the use of communication. Strategic communication and planning campaign strategies will also be covered.(When needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000; COMM 3100.

COMM 3700. Intro to Video Production. 3-0-3 Units.

COMM 3801. Epublishing. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the student to the following categories in Epublishing: history of the phenomena of epublishing, current venues for self- and traditional publishing through ebooks, technology used for formatting and reading ebooks, marketing ebooks, and social media. This class also contains a creative writing component in which students will do and receive peer review on their writing projects.(When needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; ENGL 1102.

COMM 3900. Special Topics Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Offers an examination of rotating topics relevant to the field of communication. This course may be repeated twice for credit when topics vary.(When needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; ENGL 1102.

COMM 4000. Communication Internship. 0-10-3 Units.

Provides experience in applying communication skills in a variety of professional environments, including large corporations, media outlets (television, radio, newspapers, etc.), educational institutions, and others. Application and credit arrangements should be made through the department in advance, normally by mid-semester prior to the internship. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours.(F, S, M)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; 15 hours of COMM coursework and permission of instructor.

COMM 4001. Applied Research Methods. 3-0-3 Units.

Builds on COMM 3310 to strengthen communication majors’ knowledge and proficiency in conducting mixed-methods research that includes qualitative and quantitative methods, in analyzing and interpreting data to include basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, and drawing defensible conclusions. The instructor may allow individualized or group projects to teach these skills. Methods valuable to academic and industry research will be included. Students will learn about Institutional Review Board approval, selecting methodologies, conducting data collection and analysis, and presenting findings orally and in writing. Presentation in a public forum is also possible.(F)
Prerequisites: COMM 3310 and 3100.

COMM 4100. Integrated Marketing Comm. 3-0-3 Units.

This course will provide students with both a theoretical and practical understanding of integrated marketing communication, such as inbound and outbound promotional channels—advertisements, direct marketing, public relations, sponsorships, sales promotion, interactive and social media, and more. (S) Prerequisite: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000, COMM 3100, COMM 3301

COMM 4110. Interperson Comm/Conflict Mgmt. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces students to the basic principles of effective communication and conflict interaction. Explores conflict in groups, organizations, romantic relationships, family relationships, and friendships, building from a primarily interpersonal focus to investigate how conflict occurs and is handled in broader contexts.(S, alternate years)
Prerequisites: COMM 3100.

COMM 4180. Media Effects. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines individuals' selection, uses, and preceptions of media and the effects of media on individuals' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.(S)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000, COMM 3100.

COMM 4200. Social Media Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

This course explores the evolution of social media platforms, the research methodologies and emerging research in social media platforms, and current and future trends in the industry and scholarship.(F, alternate years)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 3100.

COMM 4300. Emerging Media. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides students with in-depth historical and social perspectives on newly emerged and emerging digital media, namely in the form of the internet, and explores their relationship to the communication process in contemporary society. (S, alternate years
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000, COMM 3100.

COMM 4380. Law & Ethics in Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

This first part of this course will examine the development, interpretation, and case law surrounding the First Amendment and government regulations of media; the second part will explore various philosophical approaches to ethical communication, both public and private, moving from the ancient world to modern theorists.(S, alternate years)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000; COMM 3100.

COMM 4400. Studies in Film. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines films as texts through historical, aesthetic, thematic, and/or cultural questioning and analysis. Offerings may include Film and the Novel, Representations of Women in Film, Teen Cultures in Film, etc. (S) Prerequisite: COMM 3100

COMM 4425. Intercultural Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Explores the meaning of culture, intercultural theories and research and examines the interactions of members of various cultures. Barriers to effective intercultural communication will be examined, as will methods of improving intercultural communication.(F and/or S, as needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2000.

COMM 4602. Mass Media and Society. 3-0-3 Units.

Critically explores mass media's effect and influence on society through an examination of communication theories, concepts, and principles.(F)
Prerequisites: COMM 3100; COMM 2000 with a C or better.

COMM 4711. Gender and Communication. 3-0-3 Units.

Exposes students to the theory and process of gender communication (about and between genders) from an interpersonal context perspective.(As needed)
Prerequisites: COMM 1110 with a C or better; COMM 2110.

COMM 4999. Senior Seminar in Communicatio. 3-0-3 Units.

Focuses on a problem, question, issue, or specialized subject. Topics vary.(F, S)
Prerequisites: 30 hours of upper-level Communication courses and permission of chair and advisor.