The Communication Studies Department provides students with a social science approach to the study of human interaction. The curriculum is designed to explore and explain how communication takes place within the three primary domains of interpersonal, organizational and intercultural communication. Communication studies research and learning is conducted in topic areas such as conflict management, small group communication, persuasion, cultural communication issues, media studies, global communication processes, political campaigns, psychological aspects of communication, nonverbal communication, and health communication. As a result of the geographic location of the university, faculty and students in the department are able to conduct research on communication problems involving people of different cultures, ethnic groups and nations. For example, some faculty and students have been in engaged in research regarding the relationship of media message strategies and the control of biological virus found in local areas of New Mexico.
Undergraduate Communication Courses
The following 8 classes are required core classes:
- COMM 265G, Principles of Human Communication (3 credits)
- COMM 285, Survey of Communication Theory (3 credits)
- COMM 305, Communication Research Methods (3 credits)
- COMM 351, Persuasion Communication (3 credits)
- COMM 370, Organizational Communication (3 credits)
- COMM 376, Communication and Culture (3 credits)
- COMM 384, Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
- COMM 495, Communication Internship (3 credits)
In addition to completing the above 21 credits, students must complete an additional 15 credits of elective communication studies courses. Elective unit courses can be taken in nonverbal communication, political communication, health communication, communication technologies, environmental communication, communication and aging, international communication, small group communication, and various selected topics.
Communication Studies Minor
Currently, students can fulfill a minor in Communication Studies by completing 18 credits of Communication Studies classes. Three of these credits must be for COMM 265. The additional 15 credits can be comprised of any other Communication Studies classes.
Communication and National Security Minor
A minor in National Security and Communication will help you to develop a foundational knowledge base focused on intelligence and analysis through communication theory, processes, and methods.