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All Communication courses applied to the described majors or minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students may only take a course twice to obtain the requisite grades for any of the Communication majors or minor. Each prerequisite must be completed with a grad of C or better before taking an additional course requiring that prerequisite course.
In order to declare a Communication, Interdisciplinary Communication, Communication Major with Theatre Emphasis, or Communication minor, students must have earned a minimum of 12 college credits and an overall college grade point average of 2.0. Students falling below the 2.0 overall grade point average may be removed as a major or minor at the department’s discretion.
Students may take a TOTAL of 6 semester hours from among CN397, CN398, CN399, and Prior Learning credit. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship (CN397) graded as credit/fail.
Every required Communication course is offered at least once a year in either the daytime or evening programs, and every elective course is offered at least once every two years. Therefore, no regularly offered course, required or elective, may be taken as independent study. Students are encouraged to plan their academic schedule with a Communication Department advisor.
All students seeking teacher certification should prepare to take a content specific state examination.
 
Communication Major (Checklist - pdf)
Designed for students who want a solid foundation in the major areas of the communication discipline toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Thirty-eight (38) semester hours in Communication. Twenty-six (26) semester hours of required courses including CN101, CN205, CN206, CN285, CN305, CN307,CN406, and CN498. Twelve (12) semester hours of Communication electives chosen from: TE141, CN185, CN186, CN207, CN208, CN212, TE221, TE222, TE223, CN300, CN301, CN302, CN303, CN310, CN311, CN350, CN360, CN361, CN397, CN398, CN399, and CN401. No more than 6 semester hours may be taken from CN397, CN398, or CN399. At least 18 semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
 
Interdisciplinary Major in Communication (Checklist - pdf)
Designed for students who wish a specific focus in the Communication Discipline toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Forty-one (41) semester hours in Communication. Twenty-six (26) semester hours of required courses including CN101, CN205, CN206, CN285, CN305, CN307, CN406, and CN498. Fifteen (15) semester hours of electives comprised of 3 hours in Communication and 12 hours in other selected disciplines determined in coordination with a Communication Department advisor. The communication elective may be chosen from: CN185, CN186, CN207, CN208, CN212, CN300, CN301, CN302, CN303, CN310, CN311, CN350, CN360, CN361, CN397, CN398, CN399, or CN401. A statement of how the chosen electives are related to the specific area of focus is required for approval of this major. No more than 3 semester hours may be taken from CN397, CN398, or CN399. At least 18 semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
 
Communication Major with a Theatre Emphasis (Checklist - pdf)
Designed for students interested in both Communication and Theatre as they work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Thirty-eight (38) semester hours total. Thirty-two (32) semester hours of required courses including CN101, TE130, TE141, CN205, CN206, TE242, TE244, TE251, TE253, CN285, CN307, and TE341. Six (6) semester hours of electives chosen from: TE123, CN185, CN186, CN207, CN208, TE221, TE222, TE223, TE241, TE250, TE279, TE280, TE281,TE282, TE283, CN300, CN301, CN302, CN303, CN305, CN310, CN311, TE310, TE344, CN350, TE351, TE352, CN360, CN361, TE361, TE362, TE383, TE384, CN397, TE397, CN398, CN399, TE399, and CN401. No more than 6 semester hours may be taken from CN397, TE397, CN398, CN399, or TE399. TE253 and TE341 must be taken for a minimum of 1 credit each. At least 12 semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
 
Business Administration and Communication Dual Major (Checklist - pdf)
Provides strong preparation for careers that require a business background and effective communication toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Major Requirements: Fifty-seven (57) semester hours. Required courses are CS152; ES211 and ES212; MS151 (MS252 or MS494 may be substituted); AG210 and AG211 (AG212, AG213 and AG214 in the evening program); BS201, BS202, BS305, BS331 or BS332, and BS460; CN101, CN205, CN206, CN301, CN305, CN307, and CN401; 3 semester hours selected from BS457 or BS492. At least 18 semester hours of the dual major must be taken at Aquinas College.
Concentration Options: Two concentrations (Marketing and Human Resources) are designed to provide the student with professional preparation in the fields of either Marketing or Human Resources. The marketing concentration requires that students complete four courses from BS311, 316, 357, 360, 414, 415, 484, ES404. A capstone course, selected from either BS483 or BS442, is also required. A second concentration options, human resources, requires that students complete BS355, 372, and 410. Also required are two elective courses selected from BS356, 360, 413, PG321. A practicum approved by the department may be substituted for the two elective courses specified in this concentration.
 
Communication Minor (Checklist - pdf)
A total of twenty-four (24) semester hours in Communication. Fifteen (15) semester hours of required courses including CN101, CN205, CN206, CN285 and CN307. Nine (9) semester hours of Communication electives chosen from: TE141, CN185, CN186, CN207, CN208, CN212, TE221, TE222, TE223, CN300, CN301, CN302, CN303, CN305, CN310, CN311, CN350, CN360, CN361, CN397, CN398, CN399, CN401, CN406, CN498. No more than 6 semester hours may be taken from CN397, CN398, or CN399. At least 12 semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
 

Courses

 
CN101 Introduction to Communication (3) PSC
Theory and methods of intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, intercultural, and mass communication.
 
CN185 Introduction to Radio Production (3)
Introduction to the radio industry and workings of a radio station.
 
CN186 AQ Sound Management Staff Practicum (1)
Experience working for AQ Sound in one of the following staff positions: Station Manager, Program Director, Music Director, Promotions Director, Business Manager, News or Sports Director. Only available for Credit/Fail. Prerequisites: CN185 or chairperson approval.
 
CN205 Public Speaking (3)
Basic skills for effective informational, persuasive and special occasion public speaking including voice, movement, composition, organization, ethical implications and audience analysis. Prerequisite: CN101 or instructor approval.
 
CN206 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Principles underlying Communication behavior, focusing on feedback, nonverbal communication, decision making, listening, communication barriers and breakdowns, persuasion, and conflict. Prerequisite: CN101.
 
CN207 Family Communication (3) PSC
Analysis of roles, power, space, and variables of cohesion and adaptability in familial systems, with interpersonal and personal subsystems.
 
CN208 Nonverbal Communication (3)
Elements of nonverbal communication: body and gestures, para language, facial and eye behavior, arrangement and use of space.
Prerequisite: CN101.
 
CN/BS/PS212 Parliamentary Procedure (1)
This one credit course in parliamentary procedure is designed to familiarize the student with fundamental practices in the process and procedures of rules of order as practiced in organizations and businesses.
 
CN285 Understanding Mass Media (3)
Analysis of the dynamics of mass media and its influence on society; criticism of the rhetoric of mass media; techniques for consuming media messages. Prerequisite: CN101 or instructor approval.
 
CN300 Listening (3)
Listening combines context theories dealing with various aspects of the listening process with skill application to encourage applied and theoretical competence. Prerequisite: CN101 or instructor approval.
 
CN301 Intercultural Communication (3)
Analysis of verbal and nonverbal language relativity and potential barriers and breakdowns in communication between individuals of differing cultures, subcultures, including not only national and ethnic differences, but also differences in age, sex, vocation, financial status, etc.
Prerequisite: CN101.
 
CN302 Communication Ethics (3)
Principles and perspectives of ethical speech communication are studied and applied to a variety of private and public communication situations. The impact of honest versus deceptive communication of the individual and society is evaluated. Prerequisite: CN101.
 
CN303 Principles of Persuasion (3)
Theory and methods of changing, modifying, and reinforcing attitudes and behaviors through communication.
Prerequisite: CN101 or instructor approval.
 
CN305 Advanced Public Speaking (3)
Advanced theory and skills for effective informative and persuasive public speaking including audience adaptation, research, composition, organization, support, voice and movement. Prerequisite: CN205 or instructor approval.
 
CN307 Small Group Communication (3)
Principles and perspectives of communication in small groups including development, roles, norms, conflict, language and nonverbal communication; techniques of decision making and problem solving, information sharing and public presentations.
Prerequisites: CN101, 205, 206, or instructor approval.
 
CN310 Special Topics in Communication (3)
Offered as timely issues concerning communication arise.
 
CN/WS311 Gender Communication (3)
Principles and perspectives of the similarities and differences in men’s and women’s communication. Presents skills that men and women can use to communicate more effectively. Prerequisite: Sophomore
 
CN350 Crisis Management (3)
A pragmatic and theoretical perspective on the role of communication before, during, and after an organizational crisis.
Prerequisite: Sophomore
 
CN360 Conflict Resolution 1 (3)

Introduces theoretical concepts related to interpersonal conflict, conflict styles, tactics, power, and relationships through conflict theory, research, observation and practice. Fulfills half the requirements (along with CN361 and 40 hours of observation) to become a State Court Administrative Office approved mediator and listed in court rosters in Michigan to mediate general civil cases (e.g. employment, contract, landlord/tenant, neighborhood disputes) as well as work for Michigan's dispute resolution centers. Prerequisite: CN101.

 
CN361 Conflict Resolution 2 (3)
Description dictated by the SCAO requirements )not unique to Michigan) for 40-hour mediator trainings, including substantive content, teaching formats and methods, satisfying the training requirements for court-approved mediators in Michigan and other states. Retention of syllabus and manual are needed for mediator approval. Course does not satisfy all requirements of the Michigan court Rules for approval as mediators (MCR 2.411)' additional requirements are discussed. Prerequisites: CN101, CN360.
 
CN397 Field Experience in Communication (Variable)
Up to 6 semester hours of internship or experience in a field directly related to Communication. Only available for Credit/Fail.
Prerequisite: Chairperson approval.
 
CN398 Readings in Communication (Variable)
Individually negotiated program of readings on a selected topic established between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar.
Prerequisite: Chairperson approval.
 
CN399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually negotiated project in a selected area related to Communication established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filled with Registrar. Prerequisite: Chairperson approval.
 
CN401 Organizational Communication (3)
Human communication in organizations, including groups and dyadic communication operating in the organizational structure. Prerequisites: CN101, 206, junior, or instructor approval.
 
CN406 Advanced Communication Theory (4) Capstone Designation
Survey of principal communication theories; an introduction to theory building.
Must be taken at Aquinas. Offered only in the fall semester. Offered only in the 16 week format.
Prerequisites: CN101, 205, 206, 285, 307.
 
CN498 Research Methods (4) Capstone Designation
Quantitative and qualitative methods applied to Communication; practicum in research methods; presentation of the research project.
Must be taken at Aquinas. Offered only in the spring semester. Offered only in the 16 week format.
Prerequisite: CN305 and CN406.