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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 13, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521,

Action: New Program Proposal: Communication Minor


Rationale for program:

Students need to communicate effectively in a variety of situations as well as possess a comprehensive understanding of current communication theories and issues; therefore, we propose that Mansfield University begin offering a Minor in Communication. Communicating with others in today's world is increasingly complex and difficult. This minor would complement a number of majors offered at the university: social work, pre-law, business, psychology, sociology, travel and tourism, and management, to name a few.


We have designed this minor to be versatile. This versatility will allow the student to stop at the completion of the minor, complementing their chosen major, or, if desired, the student can choose to continue on in the Communication Major by adding a secondary major. Another point of versatility is that students can select their four electives to sculpt a minor that best suits them and their professional choices--either focusing on public speaking or human communication courses. Students have two required core courses for the minor: interpersonal communication and organizational communication. The rationale for these two courses is that every student will have to interact with people (interpersonal), and every student will work in an organization (organizational).


We have divided the courses by level. This ensures that students are taking upper-division courses. This proposed communication minor is structured in a similar fashion to other minors offered at the university by allowing flexibility and choice in given areas and, yet, maintain academic rigor. There is great flexibility in designing the program to suit the needs of any student.


Program Objectives:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of situations and conditions (such as public communication/speaking or human communication situations).
  2. Communicate effectively in interpersonal relationships.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of organizational environments.
  4. Understand the theory behind the communication process.
  5. Understand the global diversity they will encounter in their communication with others.


Demand for the program:

At least 8 of the sister schools offer some form of a minor in communication (Lock Haven, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, West Chester, Shippensburg, California, Slippery Rock, and IUP). Because the majority of schools in the SSHE system have already employed such a minor, we feel that it is important for Mansfield University to also initiate such a program.


ER for New Program

Communication Minor (18 SH)



COM 325, Interpersonal Communication

COM 360, Organizational Communication



Select two from:

COM 200, Oral Interpretation

COM 203, Voice & Articulation

COM 330, Parliamentary Procedures

COM 334, Gender Communication

COM 336, Business & Professional Com


Select two from:

COM 400, Communication Theory

COM 401, Persuasion

COM 425, Public Communication

COM 440, Communication Law

COM 445, as approved by main advisor.












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