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For More Information, Contact:

Sylvia Pamboukian
Dept. Chair
English Department 

Heather Pinson
Dept. Chair
Communication Department 

C o m m u n i c a t i o n      S k i l l s     P r o g r a m

The Communication Skills (CS) Program has been the cornerstone of general education at RMU for over 20 years. It aims to satisfy employer needs for those who can speak and write well, who can organize and research projects competently, and who can function on teams successfully. These skills are some of the most sought after in today’s job market.


There are two groups of courses in the CS program. The first group of courses are housed in the English and in the Communication departments. These courses appear in the core (or the general education) section of your degree checksheet and are labeled with the code “CS” for Communication Skills. Those housed by English are followed with the letters EN, and those housed in Communication are followed by the letters CM.

CS + EN = housed in English

CS + CM = housed in Communication

CS + HR = housed in English but part of the Honors program

In addition to providing skills that are sought after by employers, the CS core courses prepare students for upper-division courses in their major, including capstone courses and semester-length projects, that require literature surveys, organization of complete documents, research in the field, and presenting research in written and oral forms.

The CS Core courses include:

CSEN 0990 College Reading and Writing

CSEN 1000 Intro to Reading and Writing Strategies

CSEN 1010 Reading and Writing Strategies

CSEN 1020 Argument and Research

CSCM 1030 Public Speaking and Persuasion

CSCM 2040 Professional Communication in the Workplace

CSCM 2050 Intercultural Communication

The courses should be taken in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Courses with a 1000 number are often taken in the first year (freshman or first year after transfer), while those with a 2000 number are often taken in the second year (sophomore or second year after transfer).


The second group of courses are called the Communication Intensive (CI) courses and are housed in your major. They appear in the major or concentration sections of your degree checksheet. These courses have the same prefixes as other courses in your major, but CI courses are identified with the letter “C” for all sections. For example, COMM 4800 (Media Management), section C1, is a CI course.

These courses were designed by the faculty in your major to help you apply the information from the CS Core courses to your specific degree.