The Department of Communication engages students in theoretical and applied knowledge, empowering them to pursue meaningful lives, relationships, and careers. Our mission is to produce well-rounded communicators who are capable of speaking and listening effectively, thinking critically, and writing clearly.
We strive to embody this mission in several ways. We encourage freedom of expression, diversity of perspective, and tolerance of dissent to achieve the informed and responsible decision-making skills fundamental to a civil society and a global community. We cultivate the communication skills necessary to fulfill human potential and contribute to the public well-being. Finally, we promote ethical communication that enhances human worth and dignity by fostering fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others.
COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR
Our unique and innovative curriculum in Communication Studies offers students an introduction to the field via required courses in topics, theories, and research methods central to Communication. Our majors select a concentration of specialization in one of three critical areas: Organizational Communication and Leadership, Public Relations, and Health Communication.MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
Six (6) courses are required: four (4) core courses and two (2) electives.
Two (2) of the Communication Studies elective courses are required. Courses may be selected from the list of any of the Concentration courses.
COM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies: Provides an overview of the history, practices, and key areas of research that inform the discipline of communication studies. Introduces the applied concentrations within the major and will develop an understanding of various research methods and theories relevant to the discipline of communication.
COM 110 Public Speaking: Explores research, organization, writing, delivery, and critical analysis of oral presentations.
COM 220 Interpersonal Communication: Explores dyadic communication with significant others in personal and career situations.
COM 221 Small Groups and Leadership: Examines communication, leadership, participation, and decision-making within groups and teams.
COM 301 Designing Effective Organizations: Explores strategic planning, management, organizational effectiveness, and organizational culture relevant to the design of effective organizations.
COM 302 New Media and Public Relations: Explores new media communication practices in Public Relations to deconstruct the communication and business impact of these techniques.
COM 303 Communication Ethics: Develops the cognitive flexibility required to appreciate, explore, dissect, and defend ethical arguments and behaviors within communication-related contexts.COM 305 Listening Explores the art of listening and its importance in our personal and professional lives. Students learn to analyze, assess, and improve their own listening abilities.
COM 306 Intercultural Communication: Examines concepts, constructs, theories, and empirical research pertinent to communication within and between cultures, with primary foci on contexts and relationships.
COM 310 Family Communication: Explores communication within the family unit, specific family relationships, and elements inherent in relationships. Content is designed to improve specific communication skills and positively guide family communication behavior.
COM 312 Persuasion Theory: Examines persuasion at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass media levels. Based on an understanding and application of classical and contemporary empirical research, students design practical persuasive media.
COM 313 Mass Media and Society: Studies the impact of the media on the habits, customs, and thinking of our times. Students explore topics that include the relationships between mass media and society, social and ethical issues, and the media's role in the nation's history.
COM 315 Topics in Communication Studies: Provides intensive study with selected areas of communication studies. Topics for consideration are at the discretion of the instructor and will change with each course offering.
COM 316 Training and Development: Focuses on the role of communication in the training and development of human resources with a leadership and organizational focus.
COM 318 Contemporary Public Relations: Explores the study of public relations principles applied to organizations. Examines the ways in which public relations theories and principles are applied to specific business situations.
COM 319 Leadership and Effective Communication: Studies leadership, leadership styles, and leadership effectiveness in organizations. Explores the connection between leadership and organizational communication.
COM 322 Computer Mediated Communication: Addresses the study of the communication processes affected by our interactions with technologies. Analyzes the benefits and challenges that modern technology creates for effective human communication.
COM 324 Self-Leadership and Communication: Explores the many ways that self-leadership skills may be enhanced through effective communication principles, strategies, and techniques. Offered on a credit/no-credit basis only.
COM 325 Communication Campaigns: Introduces the planning, organizing, implementation, and evaluation of various educational, health, political, religious, and commercial campaigns. Communication campaigns are focused, large-scale efforts to exert social influence.
COM 330 Health Communication: Introduces theory and research on communication in health and illness contexts, focusing on how messages from interpersonal, organizational, and media sources affect health belief and behavior.
COM 340 Healthy Policy and Advocacy Communication: Introduces concepts, and strategies for policy changes to improve health, based on current health issues. Includes situational analysis, communication strategies, and messaging to advocate for policies affecting health.
COM 342 Health Behavior Change and Social Marketing: Provides an exploration and analysis of conceptual and theoretical bases of health behavior change, health promotion, and social marketing, with an emphasis on communication strategies to promote health improvement for individuals, groups, and communities.
COM 345 Leadership, Film, and Communication: Initiates a thoughtful consideration of the nature of leadership as depicted in film. Film provides unique insights to investigate culture, character, and motive, to access meaning and significance through theoretical, analytic, and dialogic inquiry.
COM 350 Global Health Communication: Introduces important issues and key concepts of communication in global health. Focus will be placed on determinants of health, the burden of disease, health disparities, risk factors, and communication strategies.
COM 395 Communication Research: Introduces the fundamentals of communication research. Topics include the scientific method, quantitative and qualitative approaches, research ethics, hypothesis testing, measurement issues, survey design, data analysis, and more.
COM 397 Internship: Provides on-the-job experience. Students may choose internships from approved list provided by Career Services, or they may make own arrangements within established guidelines by Career Services.
COM 398 Independent Project: Offers an opportunity for specialized study and encourages intellectual curiosity, initiative, and sustained effort. Independent Studies must be sponsored by a faculty member, and approved by an academic department. Proposal forms for Independent Studies are available (in electronic form suitable for download) on the Student Records web site (r-net.rollins.edu/studentrecords).
COM 399 Global or Domestic Experience: Rollins College is committed to enhancing its international opportunities abroad and on-campus. International study experiences equal in quality and rigor to Rollins' academic programs are an integral component of this mission. A variety of off-campus programs allows eligible Rollins students the opportunity to extend their education beyond the campus. In order to participate in international and off-campus programs, students must be in good academic and social standing, and have a history of good conduct at Rollins. For more detailed information, students may contact the Office of International Programs or visit its web site (www.rollins.edu/int-programs).
COM 412 Conflict and Communication: Studies human behavior with particular attention to the role of conflict across various contexts (interpersonal relationships, group/team, organizational settings, and multi-cultural settings).
COM 418 Advanced Public Relations: Addresses the advanced study of the discipline of public relations. Students develop skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and strategic planning. Prerequisite: COM 318 or consent.
COM 421 Organizational Communication: Analyzes the role and importance of communication in organizations with special emphasis on corporations, not-for-profit institutions, government agencies, and other structures in which people work.
COM 480 Senior Seminar: Provides an end-of-the-program opportunity for the advanced study of communication in multiple contexts. This capstone course is taken in the senior year by students majoring in Communication Studies/Organizational Communication.