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The Communication Studies major focuses on communication processes in interpersonal, group, organizational and mass communication contexts.

Programs offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Minor in Communication Studies
  • Certificate in Communication Studies
See also: Communication processes include historical perspectives of rhetoric and contemporary applications regarding face-to-face interaction, public speaking, mass media venues and new communication technologies.

Communication Studies students learn how to properly deliver public presentations and recognize persuasive appeals commonly used in society. Course work encourages student appreciation of the communicative act as a deliberate phenomenon affected by variables related to the individual and, at times, external to the individual. 

Knowledge gained from this study prepares students for a variety of occupations that build upon an awareness of communication dynamics.

In a more general sense, the Communication Studies graduate will enter the world of work poised with a keen awareness of the role of communication in the evolving information age within which we live.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Communication Studies Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 COM 132
    MTH 121
    Natural Science
    COM 105 Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 COM 250
    COM 242 Required Elective
    Foreign Language 110
    Foreign Language 111
    Social/Behavioral Science PHL
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 COM 260
    COM 252 Required Elective
    THL Art/Music/Theatre
    Elective PHL
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    COM 479 LIT
    COM 348 Social/Behavioral Science
    Required Electives - Choose 6 credits in COM courses.
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Communication Studies
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    COM 105 Public Speaking 3*
    COM 132 Interpersonal Communication 3*
    COM 242 Cross-Cultural Communication 3*
    COM 250 The Communicated Self 3*
    COM 252 Rhetorical Visions 3*
    COM 260 Mass Media 3*
    COM 348 Rhetorical Communication Theory 3*
    COM 479 CORE: Communication Seminar 3*
    COM Electives (6 credits) 6*
    Total Credits Required 30
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Minor in Communication Studies
    Courses Credits
    COM 105 Public Speaking 3
    COM 132 Interpersonal Communication 3
    COM 348 Rhetorical Communication Theory 3
    COM Electives (9 credits) 9
    Total Credits Required 18
  • Certificate in Communication Studies
    Courses Credits
    COM 105 Public Speaking 3
    COM 132 Interpersonal Communication 3
    COM 303 Organizational Communication 3
    PRS 201 Principles of Public Relations 3
    PRS 205 News Writing 3
    Divisional Elective 3
    Total Credits Required 18