Dec 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies Major, B.A.

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Department of Communication Studies  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences   

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

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.

Student Outcomes

  1. Articulate and advocate for communication as an orientation for evaluating and addressing issues and problems in personal, professional, and public contexts.  
  2. Develop and apply communication strategies appropriate to purpose, context, technology, and audience.  
  3. Communicate with excellence in oral, written, and/or visual modes. 
  4. Collaborate effectively with others in groups and teams.  
  5. Cultivate a critical awareness of diverse experiences and viewpoints in order to practice ethical communication.  

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • 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 the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements  for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Option One: Communication Studies Major without Concentration: 18 credits

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 credits

Select one of the following courses:

Elective Courses: 15 credits

Choose any five courses from:

Capstone/Senior Experience: 3 credits

​Select one of the following three courses:

Option Two: Concentration in Professional and Organizational Communication: 18 credits

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

Option Three: Concentration in Rhetoric and Public Culture: 18 credits

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

Research Course: 3 credits

Elective Courses: 6 credits

Students must complete two courses from the following:

Capstone/Senior Experience: 3 credits

Students must complete one of the following courses:

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Requirements 21 credits
Concentration/Additional Courses 18 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 45-60 credits
Total for the Communication Studies Major, B.A. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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