General Program in Communication Studies (B.A.)
The B.A. in Communication Studies features a strong set of core courses in communication skills and theories, along with three diverse emphasis areas that allow students to focus on their career of choice. Students can further tailor their degree by selecting elective courses and a second major, minor, or cognate in another discipline.
All Communication Studies majors complete the following seven courses (19 credit hours) as the core of their degree:
- COM 200: Introduction to Human Communication—A survey course that gives you an overview of basic theories and best practices of communication.
- COM/THE 210: Introduction to Public Speaking—Public speaking is an essential skill for most every career, and this course provides ample opportunity to practice and overcome anxiety.
- COM 305: Communication Theory—A more advanced approach to COM 200, this course prepares students for more rigorous upper division courses in Communication Studies.
- COM 306: Communication Writing and Speaking Laboratory—A one credit lab that must be taken in conjunction with COM 305, this course gives students more intensive training in academic writing and group presentations.
- COM 308: Research Methods in Communication—Decision makers and leaders need the ability to critically analyze research about human communication. This course provides students with an understanding of the research process and the ability to evaluate evidence and empirical claims.
- COM 398: Internship in Communication Studies—All Communication Studies majors complete a 3 credit internship in their chosen fields. For more information, see our Internship page.
- COM 426: Senior Seminar in Communication Studies—The capstone course for Communication Studies majors, Senior Seminar allows students to prepare for graduation by reflecting on their previous courses, applying their knowledge through civic engagement, and readying themselves for the job market.
All core courses in Communication Studies are offered every Fall and Winter semester. COM 200, COM 210, and COM 398 are also routinely offered in Spring and Summer semesters.
Communication Studies Electives
In addition to the core courses and one of the emphasis areas, Communication Studies majors take an additional three courses (9 credit hours) in Communication Studies electives. These classes are chosen in consultation with your faculty mentor based on career goals and student interest.
Finally, all Communication Studies majors must complete a second major or a minor. Students may also choose a 12 credit cognate, in consultation with their faculty mentor. It is expected that most Communication Studies majors will pursue at least a full minor to enhance their credentials.