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Communication, Media, and Rhetoric B.A.

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 42
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. The mission of the Communication, Media, and Rhetoric (CMR) discipline is to provide an introduction to the breadth of scholarship in communication history, communication theory, and communication contexts. UMM students in the CMR major study the multidimensional nature of various types of communication processes, the activities of message production, and the analysis and evaluation of personal, public, and mass communication. Students develop skills for lifelong learning and refine capabilities for active involvement in a participatory democracy. Objectives--The curriculum is designed to ensure that students: * develop a historical and theoretical understanding of the three areas of communication, media, and rhetoric * use a variety of assigned theoretical approaches appropriate to these three areas to describe and evaluate assigned or chosen discourse * demonstrate advanced mastery of a variety of ways to construct and send messages
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
CMR 1062 - Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
CMR 1101 - Introduction to Theories of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric [HUM] (4.0 cr)
CMR 4152 - Advanced Public Speaking [HUM] (4.0 cr)
CMR 4900 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar I (1.0 cr)
CMR 4901 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar II [HUM] (3.0 cr)
Communication Electives
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 2411 - Health Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2421 - Business and Professional Communication [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3401 - Communication Theory [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3421 - Organizational Communication Theory and Research [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3432 - Communication Research Methods [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4411 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication (4.0 cr)
Media Electives
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 1388 - College Newspaper Experience (1.0 cr)
· CMR 1389 - College Radio Experience (1.0 cr)
· CMR 2311 - Media History and Society [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2321 - Digital Media Production [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3301 - Media Theory, Criticism, and Problems [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3312 - Media Literacy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3342 - Visual Journalism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4341 - New Media Technologies [HUM] (2.0 cr)
Rhetoric Electives
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 3101 - Rhetorical History and Theories: Pre-Socratic to Modern Periods [IP] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3111 - Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Criticism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3123 - Rhetorical Criticism and Speeches that Changed the World [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3202 - Rhetoric of Presidential Inaugurals [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3251 - Rhetorical Criticism and Free Speech Discourse [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4122 - Rhetoric of Picture Books, Prose and Picture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
 
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