Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Communication Studies Major with Communication Arts/Literature Education

Major Requirements

This major prepares students to be recommended by the Concordia College department of education for Minnesota licensure to teach communication arts/literature in grades 5-12. To be eligible to complete this major, the student must be admitted to the teacher education program. (See education pages for program information, requirements and course descriptions.)

The requirements for a communication studies major with communication arts/literature education, are 50 credits plus 41 credits in education:

Communication Arts/Literature Education Courses
COM 111Introduction to Communication Studies4
COM 207Oral Interpretation4
COM 305Business and Professional Speaking4
COM 312Interpersonal Communication4
COM 314Group Communication and Team Building4
COM 316Intercultural Communication4
ENG 160Global Literature and Human Experience4
ENG 224Literature, Imagination and Empathy4
ENG 315English Language, Historical and Analytical4
ENG 491Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing for the Secondary School2
EDUC 374Young Adult Literature2
EDUC 376Methods of Teaching in English (required methods of teaching course)4
EDUC 394Methods of Teaching in Communication Studies (required methods of teaching course)4
Film and Media Courses
Select 4 credits from the following film and media courses:4
New Media
Documentary - Historical Film
Writing Courses
Select 4 credits from the following writing courses:4
Foundations in Creative Writing
Business Writing
News Writing
Literature Courses
Select 4 credits from the following literature courses:4
British Literature in Historical Contexts
American Literature in Historical Contexts
Total Hours60
  • Successful completion of the secondary/K-12 required coursework (41 credits) (see Education: Coursework in Secondary/K-12 Education).
  • Cocurricular activity participation. Must be approved by the English department and the CSTA department.

Cocurricular Activities for Communication Arts/Literature

Participation in cocurricular activities approved by the English department and the CSTA department is a required part of the communication arts/literature licensure. Two different cocurricular activities are required. A minimum of one semester of participation for each activity is suggested; however, participation should not occur during the student teaching semester. Teaching majors are responsible for getting specific information on cocurricular participation requirements from the CSTA and English departments. Suggested activities include Forensics; a media activity such as the AfterWork literary magazine, Concordia On-Air, The Concordian or KORD radio; Campus Service Commission (when English- or education-related and not a requirement for an existing course); Theatre; or alternate cocurricular activity approved in advance by the student’s advisor and the CSTA department and English department chairs.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.