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Communication Sequence - COM1, COM2, & COM3

Students will develop skills in written, oral, and digital communication as appropriate to specific disciplines and courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level.  Through repeated instruction, practice, and feedback, the communication sequence will emphasize and progressively develop transferable skills for students’ academic work and future professions. The introductory course (COM1) will emphasize foundational skills for academic writing. Intermediate courses (COM2) will emphasize foundational oral and digital communication skills and continue to build on writing skills. Advanced courses (COM3) will emphasize using the discourse of a discipline or interdisciplinary field to communicate to academic or professional audiences through written, oral, and digital communication.

Written communication is the set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, and present information through writing. Oral communication is a set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, present, and deliver information through oral interaction. Digital communication is a set of abilities required to compose, critically analyze, and present information through electronic media.

Communication Sequence Policies

USP Policies

  1. COM2 and COM3 courses can be embedded within the major.

Course Policies

  1. Communication courses must be a minimum of 3 credit hours.
  2. Communication courses will be limited to 24 students.
  3. COM2 courses should be offered at the 1000- or 2000-level.
  4. Departments must submit syllabi every three years for all approved Communication courses.
  5. Exceptions to course policies that are consistent with overall course objectives may be made on a case-by-case basis. A request for an exception must be in writing and accompany the USP 2015 Course Approval Form request through the approval process.

Student Policies

  1. Students will be expected to achieve a grade of "C" or better in COM1 and COM2 to receive USP credit for the course.
  2. Successful completion of a lower-division communication course (COM1) will be a prerequisite for mid-level communication courses, and successful completion of a mid-level communication course (COM2) will be prerequisite for the advanced course (COM3); prerequisites will be enforced.

COM1 Course Approval Form

COM2 Course Approval Form

COM3 Course Approval Form

For frequently asked questions about the Course Approval Process

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