Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies, B.A.

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The B.A. in Communication Studies emphasizes a broad evidence-based communication approach to creating shared meaning and understanding of messages in interpersonal, health, instructional, intercultural, organizational, persuasive, group, mass, social media and technologies, as well as public speaking contexts. The goal is to effectively train students to learn how to engage in rigorous application of communication theory and research that translates into application and practice in a variety of settings from non-profit organizations to corporate environments and government organizations. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor to construct a sequence of study.

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.A. in Communication Studies.

Ancillary studies

The department suggests that students consider a minor in a complementary field such as English, sociology, psychology, political science or business.

Program requirements

  • Substitutions for required courses are not permitted without approval of the Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Life.
  • To enroll in 300 level courses, the prerequisites are COM 100  with a minimum grade of B- and COM 295  with a minimum grade of C, or as a corequisite.
  • To enroll in 400 level courses, for COM and SCC, students require a minimum grade: COM 100  (B-) and COM 295  (C). Other prerequisites as noted in the course descriptions.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Communication Studies are required to:

  • Maintain at least a 2.500 grade point average in the major.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade.
  • Complete 21 credits from upper-division courses in the major.
  • Complete the capstone requirement COM 498 .

electives (12 credits)

total credits 45

*COM 101  may substitute for COM 102  

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