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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

Department of Applied Communication

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Speech Building, Room 237 | (501) 569-3158 | (501) 569-3196 (fax) | ualr.edu/appliedcomm

Chairperson: Chatham-Carpenter, April, Professor
Professors: Driskill, Gerald W.
Mirivel, Julien
Thombre, Avinash
Thompson, Carol L.
Associate Professor: McIntyre, Kristen
Assistant Professor: Oliver, Bailey
Senior Instructors: Johnston, Cheryl
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.

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.

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.

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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