Department of Applied Communication

Speech Building, Room 237, (501) 569-3158, (501) 569-3196 (fax), Website

Chairperson:
Chatham-Carpenter, April, Professor


Professors:
Driskill, Gerald W.
Mirivel, Julien
Thombre, Avinash
Thompson, Carol L.


Associate Professor:
McIntyre, Kristen

Senior Instructors:
Johnston, Cheryl
Johnston, Melissa

Instructor:
Halford, Katie

The mission of the Department of Applied Communication is to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication.

Majors, minors, and all students taking our courses engage in practical application of communication principles that equip them for improving their professional and personal lives. When employers list skills they most desire in employees, we find that our department addresses at least 8 of those top skills.

Introductory Course in Applied Communication

The department also offers ACOM 1300, which is an option in many UA Little Rock college cores and required by some UA Little Rock college cores or specific programs. ACOM 1300 develops competency in foundational interpersonal communication skills as well as foundational public speaking skills, making this a course that will undoubtedly set students up for success throughout their undergraduate work at UA Little Rock as well as their future careers.

Students who feel they already possess the competencies developed in ACOM 1300 may attempt to test out. For information about test dates, required fees, and test content, students should contact the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research.

Major in Applied Communication

The curriculum in the Applied Communication major (formerly Speech Communication) is designed to support the learning needs of students with a desire to communicate more effectively in their personal and professional lives. Effective communication skills and knowledge are highly sought after by employers. Our students work in for-profit, non-profit, healthcare, and governmental contexts.

The major requires 34 credit hours beyond ACOM 1300, including 9 hours of foundational courses, 9 hours of applied courses, 4 hours of capstone courses, and 12 hours of electives in organizational and interpersonal communication.

Also required for majors in Applied Communication is an intercultural competency requirement of 6 hours beyond the ACOM 4312 or 4357 requirement. This six-hour requirement may be fulfilled by taking six additional hours that focus on intercultural issues.  Thus, a student may take courses in a foreign language to fulfill this requirement, Race & Ethnicity minor classes, study abroad opportunities, or courses in other departments or in our department  (above and beyond the required courses) that focus on intercultural issues.

Recommended minors for this curriculum are Management, Nonprofit Leadership Studies, Information Technology, Professional & Technical Writing, Human Services, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Journalism, Marketing, and Professional Selling.  Potential majors may secure an advisor by contacting the department. A grade of C or greater must be attained to fulfill a course requirement for the major.


Minor in Applied Communication

The minor in Applied Communication requires 18 hours beyond ACOM 1300, including ACOM 2310, 3320, and 12 upper-level hours in applied communication.


Minor in Professional Communication

The minor in professional communication is designed to enhance specific communication skills necessary for success in a student’s chosen career. The minor requires 18 hours beyond ACOM 1300, including ACOM 2310, 3320, nine hours from ACOM 3316, 3322, 3323, 3330, 3340, and 4311 and 3 additional upper-level hours in Applied Communication.


Graduate Program

The department offers a master’s degree in applied communication studies. See the UA Little Rock Graduate Catalog for details.


Applied Communication Education (Teacher Licensure)

Students seeking a teacher licensure in Applied Communication should contact an advisor in the department about the appropriate coursework to be prepared to take the subject matter Praxis exam upon graduating with a BA degree, and take a education graduate certificate or master’s degree after graduating.


Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication

Note: The subject code for courses previously identified by the SPCH subject code are now identified by the ACOM subject code. All courses taken prior to this change that bears the SPCH code still count toward all Applied Communication major and minor requirements.

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

Core (35 hours)
Standard Core (29 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

College Core (6 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

Intercultural Competency (9 hours)

The university does not require completion of a foreign language for graduation.  Certain colleges or programs may elect to require a language.  The Department of Applied Communication requires 9 hours of an intercultural competency that must be fulfilled by taking 6 additional hours beyond ACOM 4312 or ACOM 4357 that focus on intercultural areas to meet the 9-hour requirement.  These 6 hours may be fulfilled by taking a foreign language, studying abroad, or by taking other courses that have an intercultural focus (for example, courses from the Race & Ethnicity minor).  Please see the department for approval for courses in other departments.

Major (37 hours)
Required Courses:  (25 hours)
Foundational Courses (12 hours)

ACOM 1300 Introduction to Communication [typically taken as core course]
ACOM 2310 Human Communication Concepts
ACOM 2311 Intro to Communication Research
ACOM 3320 Persuasive Presentations (formerly Advanced Public Speaking)

Applied Courses (9 hours)

ACOM 3300 Interpersonal Communication
or ACOM 3323 Conflict Management
ACOM 3340 Communication Ethics
or ACOM 3330 Professional Communication
ACOM 4312 Intercultural Communication
or ACOM 4357 Communication & Managing Difference (formerly Communicating with Difference)

Capstone Courses (4 hours)

ACOM 4300 Senior Portfolio Project (formerly Senior Seminar)
or ACOM 4310 Applied Communication Research (formerly Investigations into Communication Research)
ACOM 4110 Senior Portfolio (formerly Senior Presentation)

Electives (Select 12 hours)

Choose 6 hours of courses from BOTH of the following Professional Context list of courses listed below, for a total of 12 hours of coursework. Courses must not have been taken to meet required coursework for the major, and will not be double-counted in categories.

Interpersonal Group Electives

ACOM 3300 Interpersonal Communication
ACOM 3315 Gender Communication
ACOM 3322 Group Communication
ACOM 3323 Conflict Management
ACOM 3340 Communication Ethics
ACOM 3350 Nonverbal Communication
ACOM 4100, 4201, 4301 Independent Study (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
ACOM 4313 Seminar: Studies in Communication
ACOM 4314 CSC Internship (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
or ACOM 4315 Communication Internship (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
ACOM 4323 Family Communication
ACOM 4357 Communicating and Managing Difference

Organizational Group Electives

ACOM 3316 Interviewing
ACOM 3322 Group Communication
ACOM 3330 Professional Communication
ACOM 3340 Communication Ethics
ACOM 4100, 4201, 4301 Independent Study (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
ACOM 4311 Organizational Communication
ACOM 4312 Intercultural Communication
ACOM 4313 Seminar: Studies in Communication
ACOM 4314 CSC Internship (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
or ACOM 4315 Communication Internship (max of 3 hours can count in this category)
ACOM 4324 Organizational Communication Seminar
ACOM 4350 Effective Crisis Communication

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Courses in the Department of Applied Communication