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For More Information, Contact:

Sylvia Pamboukian
Dept. Chair
English Department 

Heather Pinson
Dept. Chair
Communication Department 

About the Communications Skills Program

The Communications Skills Program is a 24 credit hour program comprised of four courses within the first 63 credit hours of study:

COSK 1220   Reading & Writing Strategies
COSK 1221   Argument & Research
COSK 2220   Public Speaking & Persuasion
COSK 2221   Intercultural Communications
COSK 2230   Business & Professional Communications

and four designated courses in the disciplines during the remaining years of study . . ." (Robert Morris University Catalog). The four upper-level communications skills courses are NOT new courses added to your requirements. They are existing junior and senior 3000-4000 level courses already in your major or related disciplines that incorporate communications skills objectives with other course goals. (Please see New CSP Core Requirements and Placement Information.)

Note that only specific sections of the 3000-4000 level courses in the disciplines are "communications intensive" -- these are noted in the Course Schedule with a (C1 - C9) section letter designation. To complete the graduation requirement for the Communications Skills Program, you must enroll in four of these communications intensive sections of courses in your major or related disciplines. Plan to take these courses during each of your remaining semesters after you complete COSK 2230. If you have questions, see your advisor or the staff in the Student Support Center.

Attention: Students Who Have Completed Business & Professional Communications (COSK2230)

Plan your remaining semesters at Robert Morris to include four sections of communications skills intensive courses at the 3000-4000 level in your schedule -- they are noted with a C1 - C9 section letter designation in the class schedule. Pay attention to the sections you choose since not all sections of a course will be communications intensive.

You should have second and third choices ready for your communications skills sections so that if you do not get into one section, you will have other options.

It is probably best to spread your communications skills courses evenly over your remaining semesters. However, you may enroll in more than one at a time -- just observe the COSK 2230 and any other prerequisites.

Attention: Transfer Students

Transfer students must fulfill the Communications Skills Program requirements. You should take time now to plan your semesters at RMU so you will be able to complete both your major and communications skills requirements. Here are some ways to plan your schedule:

If you transfer in equivalent courses for COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies, COSK1221 Argument & Research, and COSK2220 Public Speaking & Persuasion, you must enroll in COSK2221 Intercultural Communications and COSK2230 Business & Professional Communications during your first semester at RMU. After you complete these courses, follow the same process as described above for other students who have completed COSK2230.

If you transfer in equivalent courses for COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies and COSK1221 Argument & Research only, you must enroll in COSK2220 Public Speaking & Persuasion during your first semester. You must enroll in COSK2230 Business & Professional Communications in your second semester. And, in the remaining semesters, you must complete four upper-level communication intensive courses in your major or related discipline. Follow the same process as described above for other students who have completed COSK2230.