Communication Studies B.S.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
COMM   1100Human Communication3
COMM   1110Public Speaking 3
COMM   2332Media and Society3
COMS   2330Introduction to Communication Research3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Journalism
Introduction to Public Relations
Fundamentals of Acting
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - through 2001
Significant International Content Course
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
COMS   3332Small Group Communication3
COMS   3335Interpersonal Communication3
COMS   3337Persuasion3
COMS   3338Rhetorical Criticism3
COMS   4333General Semantics3
COMS   4334Communication Theory3
Additional upper division requirements
Select 18-20 credit hours of additional upper division requirements:18-20
Media Criticism
Gender, Media, and Representation
Communication Studies Practicum
Communication Studies Practicum
Selected Topics in Communication Studies
Health Communication
Communication and Gender
Communicating in the Workplace
Introduction to Performance Studies
Intercultural Communications
Communication and Leadership
Communication Studies Practicum
Rhetoric of International Relations
Communication and Conflict
Political Communication
Performance, Culture, Communication
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Organizational Communication
Philosophy of Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Directed Study in Communication Studies
Communication Studies Internship (only 3 hours may count toward these requirements)
Upper Division Communication Arts Electives (Other Than Communication Studies Courses)9-12
Select 10-15 credit hours of Electives10-15
Total Credit Hours126

Other Program Requirements

  • Students must make a minimum grade of “C” in each Communication Arts class to receive credit for that course.
  • Students must have a total institution GPA of 2.5 before enrolling for internship credit hours (Communication Studies Internship (COMS   4791)).

Honors in Communication Studies

To graduate with Honors in Communication Studies, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (UHON   4191) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


All Communication Studies majors are advised by an advisor located in Sanford Hall. Students in the University Honors Program (UHP) are also advised in Sanford Hall.