Dec 02, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies, B.A.

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Available in both traditional and fully-online formats.

The communication studies program provides: (1) a strong general background in practice, theory, history, and criticism of communicative acts; (2) opportunities for students to improve their communication skills; (3) a variety of courses to enrich the programs of students in other disciplines; (4) training for students who plan to enter professional fields such as public relations, human resources, sales, training/development, law, ministry, teaching, business, and politics; and (5) a background for graduate study in communication studies or related fields.

Students majoring in communication studies must complete 42 credit hours of study as outlined below, including “ CMST 101 Public Speaking - OC (3 credits) ” or “ CMST 110 Introduction to Communication Studies - OC (3 credits) ” for the oral communication requirement of their general education program. It is the policy of the Communication Department that the courses offered by the department (CMST, COM, EMB, HCOM, JOU, MIN, POP, PRE courses) cannot be double counted toward the majors and minors in the department unless the required course is the only option.

Special graduation requirements: All majors and minors must earn a letter grade of C- or better and a 2.0 GPA in their major or minor courses.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

Degree Requirements (39 credits plus 3 Foundation of Knowledge credits)

Foundation of Knowledge coursework (3 credits)

Students must take one of the following two courses to fulfill their Oral Communication requirement in their general education curriculum.


These courses may not be used to complete a minor, focus, or second major requirements. Other courses may be substituted if approved by an advisor.

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