2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 16, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Studies [COM]


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The communication studies  major emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Core courses provide students with a strong foundation in all aspects of human communication. Elective courses within the major allow students to design a program of study that meets their personal learning objectives and career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of various forms of communication as vehicles of human expression.
  2. Identify and conduct themselves as members of the profession. Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to the practice of communication. 
  3. Apply knowledge and skills of the communication process in the creation of meaningful content appropriate to their area of interest or concentration. 

The major's 39 credit hour requirement must be taken from the following:


Communication Studies Foundations: 6 credit hours


Perspectives: 9 credit hours


Nine credit hours of communication studies courses (excluding COM 390, COM 392, COM 393, COM 394) with at least six credit hours at the 300 level or above. 

or one of the following concentrations in communication studies.

Concentrations:

  • Journalism [JOUR]
  • Popular Culture [POPC]
  • Public Relations and Advertising [PRAD]

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Example of the B.A. in Communication Studies over four years


The sample program listed is model for communication studies majors with or without a concentration. It does not reflect the expectations for all of the programs. Students should consult an advisor to obtain up-to-date program requirements and to formulate a degree plan.

First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours: 15


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


  • (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • LAS elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (1 cr. hr.)
    Experiential learning opportunity (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 13


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