Communication Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

Program Locations Total Credits
Communication Studies BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
  • Normandale
120

Minors

Program Locations Total Credits
Advocacy Minor
20
Communication Studies Minor
19
Interdisciplinary Communications Minor
18

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 30 earned semester credit hours. 
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 

Contact the department for application process. In

Waiver of CMST 102: Students who take CMST 100 and CMST 333 will have CMST 102 waived for the BS major in Communication Studies.

CMST 100 does not count toward major requirements.

CMST 485W Limits: Students in CMST 485W are limited to no more than 8 credits in Communication Studies taken concurrently with CMST 485W. All other coursework for the major must be completed before taking CMST 485W. 

CMST 498 and CMST 499 Limits:

  • Communication Studies minors may apply no more than 4 credits of CMST 498 and 4 credits of CMST 499 to fulfillment of the minor. Additional credits may be applied for graduation requirements.
  • Communication Studies majors may apply no more than 8 credits of CMST 498 and 4 credits of CMST 499 to fulfillment of the major. Additional credits may be applied for graduation requirements. 

Internship Requirements (CMST 497, CMST 498): In compliance with federal policy, standard expectations are 45 hours of on-site internship experience for each credit hour earned. 

GPA in Major: Students must maintain a minimum of 2.2 GPA for courses in the major. 

P/N Grading: Total credits in the department must not exceed 25 percent P/N for a major or a minor. Internships are P/N option only.

Course Repeat Policy: Students with a major/minor in Communication Studies may repeat any course in the department in an effort to improve grades. A student may repeat a specific course only once. In exceptional circumstances, a student may appeal to the department chair for a second repeat of a course. The official grade for the course, listings on a student’s transcript, and other matters related to course repeats will adhere to appropriate university policies.

Academic Probation Advising: Refer to the information listed in the College of Arts and Humanities section of the catalog. 

ADVOCACY MINOR POLICIES

Admission: Successful completion of ENG 101W and MASS 110.

Double-Counting Credits: Students majoring in Mass Media or Communication Studies may not double-count courses within the Advocacy minor. 

Internships. Internships are P/N option only. 

GPA Policy. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all coursework for the minor.

Internship and Individual Study: Students are limited to a total of four credits among the following courses: CMST 498, CMST 499, MASS 498, and MASS 499. Any Internship or individual study must have an advocacy focus approved by their advisor. 

Contact Information

230 Armstrong Hall

Main Office (507) 389-2213
http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/

Faculty

100 Level

Credits: 3

A course designed to improve students' understanding in communication, including the areas of interpersonal, nonverbal, listening, small group and public speaking.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

Credits: 4

A course blending theory and practice to help individuals build effective relationships through improved communication.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-02

Credits: 3

A course in communication principles to develop skills in the analysis and presentation of speeches.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

200 Level

Credits: 2-4

Development of communication skills for working with others in small group situations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Investigation of the concepts and theories of nonverbal communication. Designed to assist students in increasing their awareness and understanding of their nonverbal communication and in analyzing and understanding the nonverbal communication of others.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

The course explores communication with people from other cultures, why misunderstandings occur and how to build clearer and more productive cross-cultural relationships.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-08

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Credits: 2

This course is designed to provide students with skills of effective listening, and the ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of educational and professional settings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Activity course involving participation in intercollegiate speech tournaments. Course can be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Credits: 4

A course designed to help students learn effective communication using a variety of contemporary technologies. Students will be better equipped to use communication technologies to communicate personal, professional, and public messages.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of communication studies. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Introduction to advocacy through communication and mass media, including principles, theories, practices, and ethics.

Prerequisites: none

300 Level

Credits: 4

Course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the history, scholarly writing, and academic journals in the communication discipline, thus preparing the student for more advanced courses in the Department of Communication Studies.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

An exploration of the field of argument, addressing structure, types and critical analysis. Students will learn to identify types of reasoning, argument fallacies and pseudo-reasoning. Students will apply concepts in the construction and refutation of argument positions.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

An introduction to the theory and practice of research in communication studies, including the critical evaluation of contemporary communication research.

Prerequisites: CMST 301

Credits: 4

This course is designed to develop the skills to complete the artistic process of studying literature through performance and sharing that study with an audience.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-11

Credits: 4

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills in the workplace. The emphasis is on the preparation and presentation of public messages in formats commonly used in business and professional settings. Listening as an oral communication skill in the workplace will be explored, as will the role of intercultural communication in the workplace. Individual speeches, group presentations, and interviews are the major presentations.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

Credits: 1-4

Activity course involving participation in intercollegiate forensics with primary emphasis on applying communication theories to forensic practice. Students may not enroll concurrently with CMST 220. Course may be repeated for an overall total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Development of skills in the analysis, application and evaluation of argumentative communication.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course is divided into two sections. First, the class explores ethical parameters involved in communication from a variety of social and cultural perspectives. Second, the class investigates current standards and issues involving freedom of speech.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09

Credits: 4

This is an advanced course in public presentation focused on improving presentational skills of speech delivery and language choice.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Students examine everyday communication practices (rituals, stories, symbols) analyzing what discursive practices turn individuals into a community. Students explore the meaning of community through experiential learning by experiencing and reflecting upon the way communication creates, maintains, transforms, and repairs community.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the field of communication studies. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

Prerequisites: none

400 Level

Credits: 4

This course is designed to develop an understanding of how gender and communication interact. Students learn the basic theories and principles of communication as it applies to gender and develop skills to enhance communication between and among gender groups.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Credits: 4

This course is an overview of key performance studies concepts, including cultural performance, performance of everyday life, theories of play, social influence, and identity performance. Students will develop and present performances as a means to understand theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within relationship communication. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course is designed to develop an understanding of communication studies in the organizational context. The course will aid each individual in working more effectively within any type of organization through exposure to major theories and works in the area of organizational communication.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within the intersecting fields of rhetoric and culture. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Special interest courses devoted to specific topics within field of American Public Address. Topics vary, and course may be retaken for credit under different topic headings.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

his is a special interest course devoted to the development of students¿ understanding of the strategies and practices of communication in cultural contexts. The course is an experiential course involving travel, typically outside the United States.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Gold

Credits: 1-4

The course fulfills secondary licensure requirements for Communication Arts and Literature. First, the course covers teaching methods and materials needed to develop units for communication courses in grades 5-12. Second, the course covers methods and techniques in the development of competitive speech programs in grades 5-12.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Course is designed to give students a theoretical understanding of competitive speech and debate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

A course designed for students who have a general interest in communication studies. Content of each special topics course will be different. May be retaken for credit.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This theory and research-oriented course examines the relationship between communication and conflict, and is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in dealing with conflict situations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical foundations necessary to both participate and critique arguments. Students will engage contemporary theories of argumentation and apply those theories in discussion and formal debate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This is a required capstone course of all Communication Studies majors and involves the completion and presentation of a senior level research project. Teaching majors are excluded from this requirement.

Prerequisites: CMST 301, CMST 302, CMST 306

Credits: 1-4

Topics vary as announced in class schedules.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-12

First-hand experience in the classroom assisting a faculty member.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-12

Provides first-hand experience in applying communication theories in the workplace under the direction of an on-site supervisor.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

Independent study under the supervision of an instructor.

Prerequisites: none