Communication Leadership Interdisciplinary Program

Communication and Leadership


In addition to courses required for the core curriculum and by the Moody College, the degree offers students a major with three parts. Download the degree checklist for the 2016-2018 catalogue here, and read below for more information:

1) 12 hours of communication and leadership major courses
2) 12 hours focusing on communication foundations, and
3) 12 hours of interdisciplinary courses that explore critical social issues.

I. Communication and Leadership

These courses address principles of leadership, communication, and ethics at the introductory and upper-level and give students an opportunity to apply those principles through an internship experience and a capstone, project-based course. 

Students will take each of the following courses for a total of 12 hours:

COM 301L:  Introduction to Communication and Leadership. This course will introduce students to the study of leadership with an emphasis on communication dimensions and an interdisciplinary understanding of social problems. This course will serve as a foundation for subsequent coursework in the subject of communication and leadership (COM 320L; COM 351L; COM 370L). It will include an Ethics and Leadership flag and will be open to all students.

COM 320L: Upper-division Seminar on Communication and Leadership.   Students will examine concepts, frameworks, and theories related to skills that are integral to ethical, effective leadership.  Among the skills that will be studied are those related to making ethical decisions, communicating supportively to others, motivating and engaging others, transforming followers into leaders, gaining power and influence, managing conflict, and leading positive change.  A continuing focus of the course will involve integrating ethics with leadership and communication skills. This course will include an Ethics and Leadership flag. Prerequisites are a 2.25 or higher GPA and completion of COM 301L with a C grade or higher.

COM 351L: Internship in Communication and Leadership Course.  This course will provide students with practical experience related to the practice of ethical leadership and communication, most likely with a nonprofit organization, social enterprise, governmental agency, or philanthropic organization. It will require an average of 10 hours of work a week for a total of at least 150 hours a semester or summer term and will be offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites are a 2.25 or higher GPA, completion of COM 320L with a C grade or higher, CLD major, and upper-division standing.

COM 370L: Capstone Course in Communication and Leadership.  The course will address advanced topics in leadership, communication, ethics, and social change.  It will enable students to engage in experiential learning through team projects that address leadership challenges in the real world.  The course will have an Independent Inquiry flag as well as an Ethics and Leadership flag. Prerequisites are a 2.25 or higher GPA, completion of COM 320L with a C grade or higher, CLD major, and upper-division standing.

II. Communication Foundations

Communication is integral to all aspects of leadership, so students must develop expertise in communication approaches and skills. Students will study topics such as interpersonal communication, advocacy and persuasion, team-based communication, and organizational communication. They will gain training in skills such as public speaking, interviewing, advertising on the internet, event planning, and public relations for nonprofit organizations.

Students may select four courses from the following portfolio for a total of 12 hours.

ADV 304: Advertising on the Internet
ADV 378 Topic 17: Integrated Communication for Non-Profit Organizations
ADV 378 Topic 23: Technology Marketing and Advertising

CMS 306M: Professional Communication Skills
CMS 310K: Team-based Communication
CMS 313M: Organizational Communication
CMS 315M: Interpersonal Communication Theory
CMS 316L: Interviewing Principles and Practices
CMS 320: Advanced Presentation Skills
CMS 321D: Communicating for Development and Philanthropy
CMS 322E: Communication Ethics
CMS 332: Argumentation and Advocacy
CMS 332K: Theories of Persuasion
CMS 333: Case Studies in Argumentation
CMS 335: Strategic Sales and Event Planning
CMS 338: Leadership Stories
CMS 372K:  Advanced Organizational Communication

PR 348: Public Relations Techniques: APPROVED TOPICS

Courses may not be offered every semester.

III.  Social Issues

Critical contemporary social issues will be explored through an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will take 12 hours of coursework on critical social concerns selecting from the list of courses below.  These courses offer interdisciplinary grounding and comprehensive understandings of social concerns and potential communication strategies for addressing them. We encourage students to explore similar but unlisted courses and petition them for credit via this application.

Students may select four courses from the following portfolio for a total of 12 hours.

AAS 330: Reproductive Justice and Race

ADV 378 Topic 26: Consumer Psychology and New Media

AFR 372C: Women & Social Movements in the U.S.

CMS 340K: Communication and Social Change
CMS 354: Conflict Resolution
CMS 342K: Political Communication
CMS 347K: Rhetoric of Popular Culture
CMS 372T: Time Matters   

GOV 351L/ CTI 325: Morality and Politics
GOV 365N Topic 24: Human Rights & World Politics

J 341J: Minorities and the Media
J 351F: Journalism, Society, and the Citizen Journalist

PA 325.1: Advanced Seminar in Ethical Leadership

RTF 323C: Screening Race
RTF 342: Development Communication & Social Change
RTF 359: Latino Images in Film
RTF 365: Alternative Media

SOC 308K: Social Change and the Future
SOC 321K: Contemporary Issues in Sociology: Please see the CLD advisor for choosing topics
SOC 352: Social Movements
SOC 369K: Population and Society

S W 310: Intro to Social Work and Social Welfare
S W 325: Foundations of Social Justice

WGS 340/GOV 365N: Cross-cultural Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: APPROVED TOPICS

Courses may not be offered every semester.