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  Sep 23, 2017
Catalog 2017-2018

Communication Studies

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Chair:  Hogan
Assistant Professors: Marinelli, Martinez
Visiting Assistant Professor: Leslie
Adjunct Lecturer: Stamper

The minor in Communication Studies (COM) at Davidson provides students with a broad understanding of the discipline, while focusing more specifically on the theory and practice of civic discourse and deliberation.  This emphasis reflects the communication discipline's historical roots in the ancient rhetorical tradition, while preparing Davidson graduates for lives of civic leadership and engagement in the twenty-first century.  Although Communication Studies is one of the oldest liberal arts disciplines, the modern study of communication has expanded to include critical and social scientific approaches to a diverse array of symbolic forms, including not only speech but also interpersonal and intercultural communication, mass media, and new digital technologies.

Minor Requirements

The interdisciplinary minor in Communication Studies requires six courses as follows:

  • COM 101  - Principles of Oral Communication
  • COM 201  - Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Three elective courses chosen from the list below. 
    At least one of the three must come from within Communication Studies
  • COM 495  - Communication Theory and Research
    Usually completed in the spring of senior year


  • Students interested in the Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor should first enroll in COM 101  and COM 201Although these are not prerequisites to other courses in the department, they should be completed before declaring the minor (see Application Procedures below). 
  • No more than two courses in the interdisciplinary minor may also be in the student's major field of study.
  • No more than one course may count toward a student's major and the Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.
  • Only one course may be transferred from another institution.
  • Only one independent study course may be included in the interdisciplinary minor.
  • No courses taken Pass/Fail may be applied to the minor.
  • A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses applied towards the interdisciplinary minor.

Courses Outside Communication Studies

Application Procedures

The Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor is administered by the Communication Studies department.  The faculty liaison is Dr. J. Michael Hogan.  Students interested in pursuing the Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor should contact the faculty liaison as early as possible to discuss curricular options.  A student must complete a written application, including a list of proposed courses for meeting the minor requirements, by the end of the junior year, and the College's Minor Declaration Form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by February 1 of the student's senior year.  If one of the proposed electives is COM 390  or COM 395  , the special topic or a complete description of the independent study must be included in the application.  Certification of the student's completion of the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Minor will be made by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the Communication Studies department.

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