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B.A. PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Department of Communicology offers a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) program emphasizing the central processes and functions of human communication: message processing, interpersonal communication, persuasion/social influence, and intercultural communication.

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes



Upon completion of the B.A. program in Communicology, students should be able to:

1. Understand key concepts and theories in communication, including demonstrating understanding of:
  • Key concepts and theories of message processing
  • Key concepts and theories of persuasion/social influence
  • Key concepts and theories of relational communication
  • The relationship between culture and communication

2. Apply the understanding of key concepts and theories in communication in a variety of contexts, including demonstrating the ability to apply the understanding of:
  • Key concepts and theories of message processing in a variety of contexts
  • Key concepts and theories of persuasion/social influence in a variety of contexts
  • Key concepts and theories of relational communication in a variety of contexts
  • The relationship between culture and communication in a variety of contexts

3. Understand basic communication research concepts and processes, including demonstrating understanding of:
  • The ethics involved in conducting human subjects research
  • Basic library and Internet research
  • Basic research design, data collection, and analysis
  • The structure of basic research reports

MAJOR

To declare a major in Communicology, fill out our Major Declaration form below. You will receive an email within 3 business days assigning you to a faculty member who will serve as your major adviser in the Communicology department. You will need to schedule an appointment with that adviser to complete the major declaration process. A GPA of 2.00 or above is required for admission as a Communicology major.
Declare Major



Requirements For The Communicology Major

Thirty-three (33) credit hours of Communicology courses are needed to complete a major in Communicology. All courses taken to satisfy the Communicology major must be for a letter grade of “C” or better.

18 credit hours of REQUIRED Communicology courses:
  • COMG 251 Principles of Effective Public Speaking
  • COMG 301 Introduction to Communicological Theories
  • COMG 302 Research Methods
  • COMG 364 Persuasion
  • COMG 371 Message Processing
  • COMG 381 Interpersonal Relations

15 credit hours of ELECTIVE Communicology courses:
  • Electives must have a prerequisite or be numbered 300 or above (See UH Mānoa Course Catalog).
  • Up to three (3) credit hours from any combination of COMG 399, COMG 499, and/or COMG 453 may be used toward the Communicology major elective requirements.

Note 1: COMG 301 and COMG 302 should be taken no later than the semester after the major is declared.

Note 2: Our residence policy for majors stipulates that a minimum of 15 credit hours, which includes COMG 302, must be taken in the Department of Communicology at UH Mānoa


MINOR

To declare a minor in Communicology, complete the Application for a Communicology minor form below, and schedule an appointment with the Communicology minor Advisor here: comgmin@hawaii.edu. A GPA of 2.00 of above is required for admission as a Communicology minor.
Minor Application


During the semester prior to your graduating semester, you should schedule another appointment with the Communicology minor advisor, comgmin@hawaii.edu, and complete the Verification of Minor/Certificate form.
Minor Verification



Requirements For The Communicology Minor

Fifteen (15) credit hours of Communicology courses are needed to complete a minor in Communicology. All courses taken to satisfy the Communicology minor must be for a letter grade of “C” or better.

9 credit hours of REQUIRED Communicology courses:
  • COMG 364 Persuasion
  • COMG 371 Message Processing
  • COMG 381 Interpersonal Relations

6 credit hours of ELECTIVE Communicology courses:
  • Electives must have a prerequisite or be numbered 300 or above and cover a specific content area (See UH Mānoa Course Catalog).
  • COMG 399 and COMG 499 do not count toward the minor.

Note 1: Our residence policy for minors stipulates that a minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken in the Department of Communicology at UH Mānoa.


COURSES

Click here for course descriptions in UH Mānoa Course Catalog:
Course Catalog



Click here for sample undergraduate course syllabi:
Course Syllabi



Click here for class availability:
Course Availability



Click here for course schedule draft:
Schedule Draft



AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

The Department of Communicology recognizes undergraduate students with three annual awards.

Department of Communicology Award

This award recognizes students whose efforts in the field of speech communication have been meritorious. These contributions should be above and beyond course requirements. Foremost, the award recognizes academic excellence. The award also acknowledges notable contributions to speech communication research leading to a conference papers, publications, and/or admirable community/university service.

Department of Communicology Service Award

This award recognizes students whose service to the field of speech communication has been meritorious. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, service in the Department of Communicology, in the college, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and/or in the community.

Joseph Fielding Smith Memorial Award

This award recognizes superior endeavors in speech communication that go above and beyond class assignments and projects. The award is based on speech communication performance(s), service to the Department of Communicology, and/or active participation in speech communication-related activities in the community. The award will not be granted to a student who has another academic award or scholarship at UHM that is equal to or higher in value than the Joseph Fielding Smith Memorial Award.

Click here for Award information (includes deadlines, eligibility, selection criteria, and previous winners and nomination form):
Award Info


Click here for nomination form:
Nomination Form


External Funding Opportunities

Click here for general financial aid information from UH Mānoa:
Financial Aid


Click here for College of Arts & Humanities scholarships & awards:
More Info




STUDENT ORGANIZATION

What is the Speech Communication Society?


The Speech Communication Society (SCS) is a student-run organization affiliated with the Department of Communicology. It is a registered independent organization (RIO) with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, managed by undergraduate student officers, and advised by a faculty member from the Communicology Department.

What Does SCS Do?


The mission of SCS is to bridge the gap between majors, minors, faculty, and community members who are interested in speech and communication. SCS fulfills the service, career/academic, and social needs of the speech communication community at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. SCS also provides people interested in speech and communication a place where they can find resources, learning materials, mentors, career counseling, and friends. SCS organizes academic talks, résumé workshops, community service projects, and networking opportunities. If you want to join or learn more about SCS, email scs@hawaii.edu .


CAREERS

What Can You Do With a Communicology Degree?


Knowledge of communication is beneficial to any career. In fact, a recurring theme among studies that ask employers about the qualities and skills needed by employees is communication competence.

Our students who earned their B.A. degree in Communicology are flourishing in a variety of fields that include careers such as:
Business Consultants | Communication Trainers | Singers | Disc Jockeys | Producers | Human Relations Specialists | Public Relations Consultants | Sales Representatives | Flight Attendants | Banking Personnel | Journalists | Financial Planners | Managers | Communication Assistant | Youth Pastors | Coaches | Publicists | Sales People | Speechwriters | Tour Guides | Legislative Assistant | Private Investigators | Fundraisers | Lobbyists | Community Coordinators | Market Researchers | Personnel Recruiters | Actors | Counselors | Book/Magazine Editorial Assistants | Elementary School Teachers | Mediators | Paralegals | Political Aides | Case Managers | Program Coordinators | Real Estate Agents/Travel Agents | Property Managers | Academic Advisers | Event Coordinators | Business Owners | Executive Assistants

Many of our graduates have continued their education by pursuing advanced degrees (e.g., M.A. & Ph.D.) in Communicology/Communication, Law, Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, and Military Intelligence.

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