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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Requirements for a Major in Communication Studies

1. Core Credits: 9

All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of nine credits:

Capstone Requirement:

All students majoring in the School of Communications must take COM 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This Capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in communication.

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirement

All undergraduate programs in the School of Communications offer both the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree. All students selecting majors in the School of Communications must choose either the B.A. or the B.S. degree requirement that is intended for a particular undergraduate program.

B.A. Degree Requirement

The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the student's choice.

B.S. Degree Requirement

The B.S. degree requirement for communication studies is:

2. Communication Studies Core

(At least 24 credits)

At least 18 unduplicated credits from the following communication studies courses (courses with the COM prefix), at least 12 credits of which must be at the 300-level or above:

Can include more than one COM 380. Can include no more than 3 credits in COM 399, and no more than 3 credits in COM 490.

3. Elective Credits **

(At least 9 credits)

Any of the following approved courses in the other School of Communications major programs:


  • CBR 240 - Survey of Electronic Media Credits: 3



Health Communications:

** Courses cannot count for both emphasis area and communication studies core credits (no double-dip). COM prefix courses not otherwise applied to the major may be eligible for substitution as emphasis area course credits, pending advisor approval. Other emphasis area courses may qualify for application to the major but may not be listed. See your advisor.

Suggested Pattern of Coursework

This option assumes students will complete the required skills, general education, and cognate courses.

First Year:

Second Year:

Third Year:

  • COM 2XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • 1 class emphasis area
  • 1 class emphasis area

Fourth Year:

Communication Studies Program Description

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