Degree Requirements

The Communication Studies Major consists of five components. The College's official catalogue offers detailed descriptions of all courses. Below is a listing of the five components with the courses available to take to complete the major.

What courses are offered in the Major?

Component 1: An Introduction to the Discipline 

  • Must complete COMM 201 communications-classroom- Introduction to Communication Studies

Component 2: Coursework in Communication Skills 

  • Must complete COMM 210 and 215; 
  • Must complete one of the following courses: COMM 222, 225, 320, ENGL 300, 306, 307, ENGL/JOUR 374, 376, FILM 261, 262, or FLET 204. 

Component 3: Introductory Theory and Research Courses 

  • Must complete COMM 301 and 302. Psychology majors/minors may substitute PSYC 201 for COMM 302; political science majors/minors may substitute PSCI 301 for COMM 302; sociology majors/minors may substitute SOCI 300 for COMM 302. COMM 301 is a prerequisite for COMM 302. COMM 302 is a prerequisite for COMM 490. Therefore, students should ideally complete this component in their junior year. 

Component 4: Advanced Coursework in Three Areas of Discipline (rhetorical, mass communication, and interpersonal)

  • Must complete one of the following courses: COMM/JOUR 303, COMM 305, COMM/PSCI 308, COMM/WMST 361, COMM 362, 363, 364, or 365. COMM 300 or 450 may fulfill this requirement with approval, and COMM 381-382 may fulfill this requirement if an offering of that course is designated "mass communication/media";
  • Must complete one of the following courses: COMM/PSCI 307, AMST/COMM 309, COMM 311, 313, 314, 315, or 320. COMM 300 or 450 may fulfill this requirement with approval, and COMM 381-382 may fulfill this requirement if an offering of that course is designated "rhetoric";
  • Must complete one of the following courses: BUSN/COMM 312, COMM 305, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, or COMM/WMST 361. COMM 300 or 450 may fulfill this requirement with approval, and COMM 381-382 may fulfill this requirement if an offering of that course is designated "human";
  • Must complete 6 additional hours from the courses listed under the fourth component: AMST/COMM 309, BUSN/COMM 312, COMM 300, COMM/JOUR 303, COMM 305, COMM/PSCI 307, 308, COMM 311, 313, 314, 315, 320, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, COMM/WMST 361, COMM 362, 363, 364, 365, 381-382, or 450.

Component 5: A Capstone Course

  • Must complete COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication Studies

 

The Communication Studies Minor consists of two main parts. The College's official catalogue offers detailed descriptions of all courses. Below is a listing of the two main parts with the courses available to take to complete the minor.

What courses are offered in the Minor?

To complete the minor, a student: 

  • Must complete COMM 210 and 215; 
  • Must complete 12 semester hours from the following courses: COMM 201, AMST/COMM 309, BUSN/COMM 312, COMM 300, 301, 302, 311, 313, 314, 315, COMM/JOUR 303, COMM 305, COMM/PSCI 307, 308, COMM 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, COMM/WMST 361, COMM 362, 363, 364, 365, 381-382, 450, or 490. 
  • An internship undertaken in a cognate department may substitute for 3 of the required 9 hours in the above category with the approval of the communication studies department chair.