2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Department of Communication Studies

Mary Vaughn (chair), Suzanne Lindsey, Diane Monahan, Jason Stahl, Bonnie Riechert.


The study of human communication is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest disciplines in academia. Grounded in rhetoric (ancient Greek and Roman oratory), Communication Studies stresses traditional forms of communication while adapting them to diverse contemporary communication situations. These different arenas of communication include the interpersonal realm of group dynamics; corporate communication and complex campaigns; and the rhetorical realm of political, social and religious discourse.


The department offers courses which fall into two basic categories: 1) courses which enhance personal oral interaction and skills, and 2) courses which develop a more complete understanding of the nature of communication and how it shapes society. The ultimate goal is to develop sophistication in the formulation, presentation and consumption of communication.

Students are able to sharpen their skills for whatever career in professional communications they pursue, be it politics, business, entertainment, public relations, teaching, or the health industry. Many students choose to continue the learning process in graduate studies, including law, theology, and education.

Major in Communication Studies (B.A. or B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements   56-58
Major Requirements (1)   30
COM 1000, Communication Studies Seminar 0  
COM 2200, Persuasion 3  
COM 2230, Decision Making and Group Methods 3  
COM 3150, Intercultural Communication 3  
COM 3920, Theories of Public Communication 3  
COM 3930, Theories of Interpersonal Communication 3  
COM 4000, Communication Studies Advanced Seminar 0  
COM Electives (6 hours may be at lower division courses at 1000 or 2000 level plus at least 9 hours must be at 3000 or 4000 level) (2) 15  

Minor Requirements   18
Electives   28
Total   128
Minor in Communication Studies Hours
COM 2200, Persuasion 3  
COM 2230, Decision Making and Group Methods 3  
COM 3150, Intercultural Communication 3  
COM 3920 or 3930, Theories of Public Communication/Theories of Interpersonal Communication 3  
COM Electives (at least 3 hours must be 3000 or 4000 level) 6  
Total   18
  1. COM 2100 and COM 2110 are required for students seeking Secondary Licensure.
  2. COM 1100, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, is required in the general B.A. core and does not qualify as a Communication Studies elective.