Undergrad Catalog

Communication: Oral (COMM / ENGL)

Program Option: B.A.

Excellence in communication is a key to personal and professional success. St. Kate's communication: oral major provides you with theoretical understanding and practical skill in oral communication. This is an interdisciplinary major offered by the English and Communication Studies Departments. Your instructors will share their genuine dedication to the responsible use of language in all its forms and work with you to master your craft. The curriculum will offer you the opportunity to develop your powers of clear explanation and persuasion, which are the keys to success for professional communicators.

Internships are available and encouraged. Students intern in the communications offices of major corporations and at small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, advertising and public relations agencies, and radio and television stations and networks. Recent internship sites include Best Buy, BI Performance Services, Dynamark Corporation, Ecolab, Green Tree Financial, Medtronic, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, KMSP-TV, KDWB radio station and the St. Paul Heritage and Festival Foundation.

Students in this major demonstrate extraordinary leadership skills, activism and student involvement. For example, three out of four recent presidents of the senate (St. Kate's student government organization) have been communication or communication studies majors.

The communication: oral major is ideal for students considering careers in human resources, human relations, organizational consulting, public relations, promotion and advertising, management, sales and a wide range of other positions within organizations. Students who choose this major work closely with faculty to design their program of study. Speech communication courses blend the traditions of rhetoric with contemporary communication theory to provide you with critical-thinking, speaking and listening skills necessary to become a successful and responsible leader.

In order to assist you in choosing a career path that most suits your interests, the Communication Club - a student club - has begun a speaker series that allows students to ask graduates about how majoring in communication had an impact on their professional careers.

See also: Communication Studies, English, Education - Communication Arts and Literature with Grades 5-12 Teaching Licensure (for those interested in teaching communication arts and literature in secondary schools)

Major Requirements:

Core requirements:
ENGL 2305 Writing for Life: Developing Skill and Confidence or ENGL 3360 Intermediate Writing: Writing with Power, Purpose and the Perfect Word
COMM 1030 Speaking to Lead and Influence
COMM 3090 Communicating in Organizations
PHIL 3300 Ethics in Communication
One literature course

Minimum of one course from each of the following three categories:

Communicating Personally
COMM 1020 Communication Dynamics in Personal Relationships
COMM 3100 Communication Across Cultures, Identities and Differences

Communicating in Organizations and Groups
COMM 2090 Communication and Conflict in Groups and Teams
COMM 3110 Communication Training and Development
COMM 4600 Leadership and the Art of Persuasion

Communicating to Influence
COMM 2050 Media, Culture and Society
COMM 3030 Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice
COMM 3070 Gender and Rhetoric

Two other courses from the Department of Communication Studies
One additional course from English

One additional course from:
COMM 4604 Internship
COMM 4954 Independent Study

Communication majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing ENGL 2305 or 3360. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in this interdepartmental major or another department).

Second Major Certificate in Communication: Oral  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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