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Communication Skills Program Requirements

The Communications Skills Program has as its goal the mastery by all RMU graduates of a wide range of communications skills, strategies, and principles. Both the Communications Skills courses, required as part of the RMU Core, and the Communications Skills Intensive instruction, required in each major, provide students with opportunities for increasingly complex practice. Students read and interpret a variety of written, spoken and presentation materials. They also apply listening, cross-cultural, group dynamics, and rhetorical skills to the discourse of each discipline.

Communications Skills in the RMU Core

All students must take 12 credits of Communications Skills courses as part of the RMU Core Curriculum. Depending on placement testing scores, students will take CSEN1010 or CSCM2050 in addition to CSEN1020, CSCM1030, and CSCM2040.
If placed into CSEN1010, a student's Core Requirements in Communications Skills are CSEN1010, CSEN1020, CSCM1030, and CSCM2040. If placed into CSEN1020, a student’s Core requirements in Communications Skills are: CSEN1020, CSCM1030, CSCM2040, and CSCM2050.

Communications Skills in the Major (The Communications Skills Intensive Program)

Upon completion of CSEN and CSCM courses required as part of the RMU Core, students must then complete additional course work in their major, as prescribed by the faculty of each degree-granting School. This course work may include from one to four specified "Communications Skills Intensive" sections of courses in the major. Further, the faculty of the School may require additional focused instruction and application of Communications Skills principles distributed across a number of other upper-division courses. Courses designated as Communications Skills Intensive are integrated into the degree as part of the  degree requirements  of the student's academic checksheet.

Plan your remaining semesters at Robert Morris to include the required number of communications skills intensive courses at the 3000-4000 level in your schedule -- they are noted with a "C" section letter designation in the class schedule.   

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 CSCM1030 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 CSEN1010 Reading & Writing Strategies, CSEN1020 Argument & Research, and CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion, you must complete  CSCM2040  Professional Communications in the Workplace  and CSCM2050 Intercultural Communications at RMU.  

If you transfer in equivalent courses for CSEN1010 Reading & Writing Strategies and CSEN1020 Argument & Research only, you must enroll in CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion during your first semester. You must enroll in CSCM2040 Professional Communications in the Workplace in your second semester. And, in the remaining semesters, you must complete the upper-level communications intensive requirements for your major or related discipline.