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  • Overview

    Regardless of major, students need effective communication skills to be successful in today’s job market. Students will develop critical abilities in a variety of contexts.

    • Listening
    • Writing
    • Speaking
    • Working effectively in groups
    • Excelling in interpersonal interactions
    • Managing conflict
    • Engaging across cultures
    • Leading projects
    • Thinking critically
    • Arguing persuasively and ethically
    • Adapting to changing environments


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 15

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    • COMM-1110 - Public Speaking

      A study of the principles and practice of public speaking with an emphasis on the organization of material and the vocal and physical aspects of delivery in various public speaking situations.

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    • COMM-3200 - Rhetoric and Social Influence

      The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of rhetoric in the context of social influence. In addition to identifying key concepts of rhetorical analysis, the course includes evaluation of communicative strategies and tactics of social justice movements. The course also examines the ways in which technological developments – the channels of communication – have altered rhetorical messages, as well as their effectiveness in influencing public opinion and achieving institutional change.

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    • COMM-3310 - Persuasion

      Theories and inquiry into strategies for the creation of and ethical use of persuasive messages including historical and contemporary perspectives in various communication contexts. Special focus on oral presentation of persuasive content and analysis of ethical persuasive strategies.

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    • COMM-3320 - Small Group Communication

      This course will teach students to more effectively communicate in small group settings, understand the dynamics involved in group discussions, and to learn and apply group communication theories.

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    • COMM-3340 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

      This theory-driven course will analyze verbal and nonverbal communication in person-to-person relationships, paying special attention to the stages of relationship development and dissolution, conflict management strategies, identity development, and the role of power and perception.

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    • COMM-3360 - Intercultural Communication

      This course will analyze the communication process in intercultural contexts, including self-awareness of our intersecting cultural identities, listening, verbal and nonverbal styles across cultures, culture shock, and communication values in intercultural dialogue.

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    • COMM-4200 - Communication and Gender

      This course will survey the role of gender in various communication contexts: relationships, organizations, educational institutions, and mass media. Consideration will be given to the social construction of categories of gender, race, sexuality, and class and how they have changed over time.

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    • COMM-4210 - Communication and Conflict

      This course will examine communication principles that address how to manage conflicts productively in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Consideration will be given to the role that goals, power, and conflict management styles play in conflict interactions, as well as the potential for third-party interventions.

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    • COMM-4220 - Health Communication

      This course will introduce students to health communication theory, research, and practice in a variety of health communication contexts, such as patient-provider communication, public health communication, health campaigns, and communication in healthcare organizations.

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    • COMM-4600 - Communication Theory

      This course will explore a variety of theoretical approaches to human communication from multiple paradigms of thought, including selected theories of language, interpersonal communication, small group interaction, organizational communication, intercultural communication, race, gender, and persuasion.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to give an effective presentation
    2. Students will be able to describe a communication theory in detail
    3. Students will be able to apply communication theories to analyze a communication context