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Cultural Communication Studies

This concentration prepares students to analyze, engage and manage communication situations where cultural identity becomes relevant to the persons involved in the interaction. Students analyze communication processes and theories that help explain dynamics of intercultural interactions in personal and professional contexts. The concentration affords students cultural competencies necessary for personal growth and professional success in increasingly diverse work and social settings. Communication skills learned here prepare students for careers in education, management and training, international relations, and law.

In addition to the 12 hours of required communication studies courses, students studying communication and culture must complete the following hours from among the depth requirements. Additionally, students are encouraged to enroll in an internship during their junior or senior year.

SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication


SCOM 349. Ethnographic Approaches to Communication Studies


SCOM 448. Communication, Culture and Identity


Choose one of the following:


SCOM 381. Communication Criticism


SCOM 385. Qualitative Communication Research Methods


Choose two of the following:


SCOM 347. Communication, Diversity and Popular Culture


SCOM/WMST 348. Communication and Gender


SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements


SCOM/SMAD 357. Youth, Communication and Culture




Nine additional hours of SCOM elective work must be completed to total 39 hours in the major. Three of these additional hours of SCOM elective work can be selected at the 200 level, but the other six hours must be at the 300 or 400 level and may include an internship.







"Ethnography is a word used to describe a broad set of methodologies in which researchers study and write about people and cultures, offering readers in-depth understandings of communication and relationships in specific contexts.  

In SCOM 349, we will learn how to read and interpret a wide range of ethnographic works in communication studies, on topics ranging from family secrecy, bullying in schools, college drinking culture, organizational dirty work, friendships across sexual orientation, and communication in the context of grief and death (and more!).

In doing so, we explore how ethnographic methods and writing can assist communication practitioners in gaining insight and understanding into real-world problems, a critical step toward social change, social justice and communicative interventions."

Dr. Melissa Aleman


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