Department of Communication Studies

Major-Minor Tracking Guides

Communication Studies Majors

Communication

Communication students broadly explore the discipline of communication studies.

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Communication-Theatre-Teaching

Communication-Theatre-Teaching majors pursue studies in communication and theatre and in the methodology of teaching both disciplines in grades 5-12. This major is being restructured to feature more emphasis on applied educational activities, and will accept new students in Spring 2014.

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Electronic Media

The Electronic Media major is a broad-based program that provides students with a strong foundation in media production and management, and an understanding of the uses, processes and effects of mediated communication.  Students gain industry experience through off-campus internships or co-ops. Electronic Media has two emphases -- the media industry leadership emphasis and the production/performance emphasis

Opportunities for professional, hands-on experience on-campus are provided through applied media opportunities, such as the student managed radio station, KULT, and the media production company, Cedar River Productions.  Resources include fully-equipped television studios, audio labs, digital cameras and audio equipment, editing stations, and the UNI campus cable television system.

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Interactive Digital Studies

A new, innovative program, Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) is about creatively addressing the future.  Students in IDS gain an arsenal of digital skills, a firm understanding of digital culture and theory, and a means for responding to our digital world.  Most significantly, the program is a central meeting place for enabling collaboration among the many digitally oriented classes and professors at UNI.

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Political Communication

In this interdisciplinary major, students analyze the intersections of communication and politics. Courses from a variety of departments introduce students to local, national and international political controversies and how communication affects their development.

For more information, see the Department of Communication Studies, or visit the Department of Political Science.

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Public Relations

Public relations majors study the management of communication between an organization and its publics.

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Communication Studies Minors

Business Communication

Business communication students study written, spoken and mediated communication, emphasizing classes that lead to a specific career goal.

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Communication Studies (Liberal Arts)

Students electing a minor in communication studies explore communication from a liberal arts perspective - studying the nature, processes and effects of communication on human interaction.

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Communication-Theatre-Teaching

Students pursue studies in speech communication and theatre and in the methodology of teaching both disciplines, and take the required courses necessary for state licensure in this area.

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Interactive Digital Studies

This is an interdisciplinary minor.

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Journalism

Students minoring in journalism explore researching, gathering information and communicating information to the public through print and online formats.

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Public Relations

Students minoring in public relations explore communication and its role between organizations and their publics.

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