B.A. in Communication Studies

Effective communication is vital to career as well as to personal and social relationships. Through studies in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication, students can increase self-understanding, and acquire more effective tools with which to participate in society. Courses within the Department of Communication Studies are appropriate for all students but are particularly important for those who plan careers in professions that require more than minimal interpersonal and/or group contact. The programs in the Department of Communication Studies provide a solid foundation for a career as well as for graduate study.

Suggested Four-Year Course Schedule

Major Requirements

Summary of Requirements


General Studies


Pre-Major Courses


Major and Related Courses


Free Elective Courses




Requirements for a Major in Communication Studies

For admission to the communication studies major, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. A student majoring in communication studies can have no more than one "D" or "D+" in his or her major courses plus must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Required pre-major courses 6 hours

COM 150 Introduction to Communication (3)

Choose one course:
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Required courses 20-22 hours

COM 280 Group Communication (3)
COM 290 Public Presentations (3)
COM 320 Internship Seminar (1)
COM 321 Internship (1-3)
COM 340 Business and Professional Communication (3)
COM 350 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
COM 380 Theories of Human Communication (3)
COM 440 Intercultural Communication (3)

Elective courses 15 hours

Choose 15 hours:
COM 160 Communication Research (3)
COM 235 Intergroup Dialogue (1)
COM 270 Parliamentary Procedure (3)
COM 324 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 330 Interpersonal and Group Conflict Management (3)
COM 335 Mediation, Deliberation, and Dialogue (3)
COM 360 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
COM 390 Communication Accessibility (3)
COM 400 Persuasion (3)
COM 410 Advanced Public Presentations (3)
COM 420 Nonverbal Communication (3)
COM 430 Gender and Communication (3)
COM 450 Political Communication (3)
COM 460 Organizational Communication (3)
COM 470 Family Communication (3)
COM 480 Argumentation and Debate (3)
COM 493 Senior Seminar (2-3)
COM 495 Special Topics (1-3)
COM 499 Independent Study (1-3)

Required related courses 3 hours

Take any one of the following English courses:

ENG 380 Writing for the Business and Professional World (3)
ENG 381 Editing (3)
ENG 385 Fundamentals of Journalism (3)
ENG 396 Technical and Managerial Writing (3)

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