Communication Studies B.A.



Degree Requirements

    • 120 credits total required for graduation
    • At least 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or 400 level (may be counted from your major, electives, a minor or general education credits)




Suggested Curriculum Timeline

First YearURI 101: Planning for Academic Success
FLM 101 or 101H: Introduction to Film Media (Harrington Core)
JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media (Harrington Core)
COM 100: Communication Fundamentals (Harrington Core)
WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain (Harrington Core)
SCM 105: Production/Presentation Fundamentals (Harrington Core)
COM 202: Public Speaking (Core Requirement)
COM 221: Interpersonal Communication (Core Requirement)
Gen Ed or Elective x3
Sophomore YearCOM 2XX: Any 200 level COM courses other than 202 and 221 (x2)
Gen Ed or Elective x7
Junior YearCOM 381: Research Methods (Core Requirement)
COM 382: Communication Theory (Core Requirement)
COM 3XX (x2)
Elective (3XX - 4XX) x6
Senior YearCOM 383: Rhetorical Theory (Core Requirement)
COM 4XX x3
HSCM Capstone
Gen Ed or Elective x5


Our most popular courses

COM243G: Advertising and Consumerism. Examines the role of advertising in American consumerism; strategies of the adverting industry as well as its effects on our personal, cultural, global, and environmental landscapes.
COM246: New Media and Society. Introduction to basic practices and theories necessary for understanding and contributing to digital culture, includes blogging, social networking, and virtual reality.
COM351: Organizational Communication Skills. Examination of business and organizational communication. Emphasis on channels of communication, communication barriers, leadership, and the development of communication skills for business and professions.
COM402: Leadership and Motivation. Examination of theory and research in the areas of leadership and motivation in organizational settings. Emphasis on essential leadership skills within individuals and in creating effective motivational programs within organizations.
COM422: Communication and Conflict Intervention. Conflict intervention in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings. Emphasis on applying theories through simulations, role plays, case studies, and discussions.
COM460: Environmental Communication: Local & Global. Communicate local and global environmental issues. Target key audiences and move them towards sustainable change and active involvement, improved environmental conditions and quality of life.

Departmental and full-time internships (up to 15 credits) are handled through the Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE). Selected students may intern in Communication Studies (COM 477 up to 6 credits). All other internships are handled through the CCEE.



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