Apr 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies Major, B.A.


Communication Studies majors develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in a wide variety of contexts - from professional life to personal relationships, personal growth to community building, to promoting diversity and yourself. The major is designed to allow students to chart their own course of study across personal, professional, and public contexts. Students have the option of selecting a formal concentration in Professional and Organizational Communication or Rhetoric and Public Culture. To effectively tailor the degree to your personal and professional goals, elective courses should be selected in consultation with a Communication Studies advisor.

COMM 1010 - Presentational Speaking  is required for COMM majors and minors but does not count towards the total number of hours needed for the major (42) or the minor (21). This course fulfils the MSU Denver General Studies Oral Communication requirement.

A senior experience course is required for all students in each track and will be selected in consultation with a department faculty advisor.

Internships, variable topics courses, and independent studies may be taken in each of the program areas.

A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in minimum grade requirements.

Option One: Communication Studies Major without Concentration


Students may complete the Communication Studies major by taking a Research Course (3 credit hours) and five Elective Courses (15 credit hours) based on their own interests, goals, and aspirations. These elective courses should be selected in close consultation with a faculty advisor. Students must also complete a Capstone/Senior Experience Course (3 credit hours).

Research Course (3 Credit Hours)


Select one of the following courses:

Elective Courses (15 Credit Hours)


Choose any five courses from:

Capstone/Senior Experience (3 Credit Hours)


​Select one of the following three courses:

Option Two: Concentration in Professional and Organizational Communication


Students electing a Concentration in Professional and Organizational Communication must complete the Communication Studies Core and the following courses:

Research Course (3 Credit Hours)


Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)


Students must complete two courses from the following:

Capstone/Senior Experience (3 Credit Hours)


Students must complete one of the following courses:

Option Three: Concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture


Students electing a Concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture must complete the Communication Studies Core and the following courses:

Research Course (3 Credit Hours)


Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)


Students must complete two courses from the following:

Capstone/Senior Experience (3 Credit Hours)


Students must complete one of the following courses: