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,
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.
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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