B.A. Applied Communication
Courses

120 credit hours
98% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Applied CommunicationFeatured Courses

As a student in the applied communication major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the applied communication profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various applied communication careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Applied CommunicationSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

ENG 101
Foundations in Writing
This course focuses on helping students develop foundational approaches and processes for writing. Students will learn basic techniques for generating ideas; giving and receiving feedback; adapting rhetorical strategies for audience and context; revising; and editing. Special attention will be given to discussing the origins and application of English language conventions and developing effective revising and editing techniques. This course is required as a prerequisite for ENG 102 for students who score below 18 on the English portion of the ACT or below 435 on the verbal portion of the SAT
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 2

GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 3

CTA 241
Media Literacy
Studies in print and electronic media, particularly how to discern the credibility and influence of information that affects the individual and society. Research projects and student media presentations enable the student to explore and experience techniques of mass media and assess their impact.
3
credits
CTA 306
Interpersonal Communication
In-depth work and analysis of communication. Topics include relationship development and maintenance strategies, nonverbal communication in relationships, conflict resolution and impression management strategies.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 4

CTA 203
Communication Theory
Course features an overview of communication theory from the classical tradition to current theoretical approaches in human communication. In addition, the course will offer in-depth study in the following areas: organizational communication, mass communication theory, interpersonal communication and group theory/persuasion. Location, analysis and application of research is a focus of the course.
3
credits
CTA 211
Public Speaking
Students develop fundamental skills in the art of public speaking through the preparation and presentation of speeches designed for a variety of occasions, audiences, and situations. Skills of organization, delivery, and speech criticism developed.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 5

CTA 302
Rhetorical Theory
An overview of the historical development of rhetoric and rhetorical theory beginning with the ancients and continuing into the contemporary period. Topics include: Greek, Roman, and other European traditions in rhetoric as well as contemporary issues in rhetoric including minority contributions to rhetoric, the development of current speech and composition theory, and future trends in rhetorical study.
3
credits
CTA 309
Small Group Theory for Teams and Leadership
Analysis and study of theories of small groups, including theories of leadership and the facilitation of groups and group dynamics. Areas of study may include goal setting, cohesion and norms, leadership, problem solving, conflict, and facilitating in groups.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 6

CTA 333
Intercultural Communication
The study of cultural practices that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds. The course is designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and to provide strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 7

CTA 300
Placement Seminar
The course includes resume and portfolio creation, attendance at professional placement seminars, mock interviews, meetings with field professionals and internship applications and searches.
1
credits
CTA 400
Communication Research
An overview of the methodological approaches to communication research. Students will conduct and present and original research project. Topics include: types of research questions, approaches, philosophy of knowledge, and structure of research. Required for all communication majors.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
8
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 8

CTA 399
Independent Study
Topic, instructor and hours by arrangement. May be used to pursue special interests in any of the communication major emphases.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
11
credits
Total Credits
14
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Applied Communication Faculty

As experts in Applied Communication, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom.

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