Communication Studies Program

The Communication Studies Program at Lyon College seeks to cultivate in students the knowledge and ability to use communication theory and practice to connect people, groups, and organizations. Students will employ effective communication strategies to inform, educate and collaborate, strengthening connections between individuals and groups to create a stronger, more equitable world.

Degrees

Classes

COM 101 : Mass Media and Society

This course explores issues in the interaction between mass media, culture, and society. It is intended to help students develop a critical perspective on mass media, considering the interplay between media institutions, media content, culture, audiences, and social institutions and practices. 

Credits

3

COM 150 : Introduction to Communication Theory

This course examines various theories that attempt to describe, explain, and/or predict human communication behavior. Theories are studied in the contexts of the communication field: interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, mass media, intercultural, and gender. Students are encouraged, through structured assignments, to apply the theories to their own lives. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

COM 225 : Persuasion

An investigation of rhetorical and behavioral theories of persuasion, the devising of persuasive campaigns, as well as the consumption and generation of persuasive messages in a variety of communication settings. Applicable for a wide variety of disciplines and careers including business, psychology, law, and human relations in addition to general communication. 

Credits

3

COM 310 : Communication and Technology

This course will explore the characteristics and functionality of communication technologies. A major focus will be placed on identifying the unique properties of new communication technologies and how they can be leveraged to achieve effective and targeted communication. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites