Mar 03, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 
Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Applied Communication

Ross Hall, Room 120 | (501) 916-3158 |

Chairperson: Chatham-Carpenter, April, Professor
Professors: Driskill, Gerald W.
McIntyre, Kristen
Mirivel, Julien
Thombre, Avinash
Thompson, Carol L.
Assistant Professor: Oliver, Bailey
Instructor: Halford, Katie
Visiting Instructor:  Crandall, Sayra

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.

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 18 hours of foundational courses, 9 hours of applied courses, 4 hours of capstone courses, and 6 hours of electives in personal, professional, and public communication.

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. 

Graduate Program

The department offers a master’s degree in Applied Communication Studies. See the UA Little Rock Graduate Catalog for details.


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