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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

As one of the original seven liberal arts, the study of communication is over 2500 years old. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies commit to a culturally significant and vital education. As a foundation to all other academic fields, the study of oral and written communication emphasizes critical thinking and writing. The Communication Studies major serves students and their communities by exploring the ways in which individuals create, maintain, and alter their identities in artistic, face-to-face, and mediated ways. Because of its historical and philosophical underpinnings, Communication Studies complements all other academic programs.


Language and Communication Studies Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 hrs

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • Courses in the major that meet this requirement are noted below with an asterisk.

Core Requirements 18 sem. hrs

  • (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  • COMM 230 Introduction to Communication Theory and Research 3 hrs
  • COMM 303 Intercultural Communication* 3 hrs
  • COMM 323 Argumentation and Persuasion 3 hrs
  • COMM 344 Visual Communication and Culture 3 hrs
  • COMM 360 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 hrs
  • COMM 495 Speech Communication Integrative Seminar 3 hrs

Electives 15 sem. hrs

  • Fifteen semester hours selected from the courses listed below. No more than three hours of COMM 399 or 499 can count toward the major.
  • COMM 203 Understanding Human Communication 3 hrs
  • COMM 214 Mass Media and Society 3 hrs
  • COMM 220 Introduction to Theatre 3 hrs
  • COMM 224 Film History and Analysis* 3 hrs
  • COMM 233/433 Topics 3 hrs
  • COMM 304 Introduction to Screenwriting 3 hrs
  • COMM 313 Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs
  • COMM 320 Advanced Theatre 3 hrs
  • COMM 324 Film Styles & Genres: 3 hrs
  • COMM 334 Political Economy of Film and Media 3 hrs
  • COMM 343 (WMST 343) Gender Communication 3 hrs
  • COMM 354 Social Media and Virtual Communities 3 hrs
  • COMM 380 Performance Studies 3 hrs
  • COMM 385 Performance Styles and Genres 3 hrs
  • COMM 393 Organizational Communication 3 hrs
  • COMM 399/499 Communication Internship 3 hrs
  • COMM 404 Media Criticism 3 hrs
  • COMM 420 Advanced Acting and Production Techniques 3 hrs

Related Interdisciplinary Electives 6 sem. hrs

  • Six 300-400-level semester hours of electives chosen from the following areas of study: Art, English, Geography, History, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Music, Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and Women's Studies.

Electives 31-34 sem. hrs

  • 120 sem. hrs


The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degree is available is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.


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