Majoring in Communicology

B.A. Program Overview

Our students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth regarding communication theory and research, and are afforded ample opportunity to develop their communicative knowledge and skills by applying theory in diverse settings. Our curriculum is organized around four fundamental areas of emphasis: human message processing, relational communication, social influence and intercultural communication.


Becoming a Communicology Major

After completing one or two courses in Communicology, you may want to consider declaring Communicology as your major. If so, please take the following steps:

Become familiar with the selection of classes available in the Communicology Major program by visiting the Course Description web page. You can also learn about all courses offered in the department by referring to the General Catalog.

Make an appointment to meet with an Arts & Humanities/Language, Linguistics & Literature Advising Center at QLC 113 ( or 956-8755) so you can check on CORE and language requirements and upper division credits. Ask the college advisor for a “Declaration of Major” form that you will bring when meeting with a Communicology Advisor.

Come to the Communicology Department office in George Hall 326 to make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will provide you with the necessary paperwork and assign you a Communicology adviser, who will assist you with your declaration of COMG as your major. A GPA of 2.00 or above is required for admission as a Communicology Major.  If you would like to receive a Communicology Major certificate of completion from the Department of Communicology, submit your request to the Director of Undergraduate Studies during your graduating semester or within a month after graduation.

Requirements/Electives for the Communicology Major

The required courses are:

    • COMG 251 Principles of Effective Public Speaking
    • COMG 301 Introduction to Communicological Theories
    • COMG 302 Research Methods
    • COMG 364 Persuasion
    • COMG 371 Message Processing [see Note 4]
    • COMG 381 Interpersonal Relations

    In addition to the 18 credit hours of required courses, Communicology majors also must complete 15 additional credit hours in the form of non-introductory electives. You may visit the Course Description page to view more information about these classes.

    • COMG 290 Interviewing (3)
    • COMG 321 Speech for Classroom Teachers (3)
    • COMG 351 Professional Presentations (3)
    • COMG 352 Group Decision-Making and Leadership (3)
    • COMG 353 Argumentation and Debate (3)
    • COMG 361 Leadership Skills (3)
    • COMG 380 Family Communication (3)
    • COMG 385 Culture and Communication (3)
    • COMG 386 Special Topics in Culture and Communication (3)
    • COMG 390 Interrogation and Interviewing (3)
    • COMG 392 Evolution and Human Communication (3)
    • COMG 395 Research on Communication Behavior (3)
    • COMG 399 Internship [see Note 1] (1-6)
    • COMG 452 Intergroup Communication (3)
    • COMG 453 Practicum in Debate and Forensics [see Note 1] (1-6)
    • COMG 454 Political Communication (3)
    • COMG 455 Conflict Management (3)
    • COMG 464 The Evolution of Public Discourse in the Digital Era (3)
    • COMG 465 Theories and Research in Strategic Communication (3)
    • COMG 470 Nonverbal Communication (3)
    • COMG 471 (formerly 370) Verbal Communication (3)
    • COMG 472 Deceptive Communication (3)
    • COMG 481 Relational Management (3)
    • COMG 490 Communication in Helping Relationship (3)
    • COMG 495 Health Communication (3)
    • COMG 499 Directed Reading [see Note 1]  (1-6)

    Note 1: Electives must have a prerequisite or be numbered 300 or above. Additionally, up to three (3) credit hours from any combination of COMG 399, COMG 499, and/or COMG 453 may be used to fulfill the Communicology major elective requirements.

    Note 2: The following classes will NOT count toward the major’s credit hours:

    COMG 151 Personal and Public Speech (3)
    COMG 170 Introduction to Nonverbal Communication (3)
    COMG 181 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3)
    COMG 185 Multicultural Communication Skills (3)

    Note 3: In residence policy: A minimum of 15 credit hours, which includes COMG 302, must be taken in the Department of Communicology at UHM.

    Note 4: Students who declared Communicology as their major prior to the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, may use COMG 370 (471) or 470 as a replacement for COMG 371.

    For complete Communicology course listings, refer to the General Catalog.