Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in communication studies, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 120 hours of coursework.

Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies are non-comprehensive degree programs that require the completion of a minor or second major. Visit the Courses Offered by Department page for complete course listings and descriptions.

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Arts

Program requirements

Major requirements (33 hours):

Students pursuing a Communication Studies major must complete a minimum of nine hours not counted as requirements on any other major in the Department of Communication.

Note: three hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirement: COM 115(3).
  2. Department requirements (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3).
  3. Communication practices core (12 hours): COM 205(3), 315(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3). (Courses may not be used to satisfy both the Communication Practices Core and Communication Studies requirements.)
  4. Communication Studies requirements (12 additional hours) from: COM 206(3), 260(3), 307(3), 309(3), 311(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 332(3), 336(3), 338(3), 360(3), 379(3), 397(3)*, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 511(3), 521(3), 550(3), 552(3), 566(3), 597(3)*.
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience: COM 350(3) or COM 322(3) or COM 495(3).
  6. Minor required (or second major).
  7. Specific Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

    * With advisor approval, no more than three total hours of COM 397 or 597 may be counted toward the 33 hours required.
University level requirements:
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Communication (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Program requirements

Major requirements (33 hours):

Students pursuing a Communication Studies major must complete a minimum of nine hours not counted as requirements on any other major in the Department of Communication.

Note: three hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirement: COM 115(3).
  2. Department requirements (9 hours): COM 209(3), 210(3), 350(3).
  3. Communication practices core (12 hours): COM 205(3), 315(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3). (Courses may not be used to satisfy both the Communication Practices Core and Communication Studies requirements.)
  4. Communication Studies requirements (12 additional hours) from: COM 206(3), 260(3), 307(3), 309(3), 311(3); 322(3) or 328(3); 325(3) or 326(3); 332(3), 336(3), 338(3), 360(3), 379(3), 397(3)*, 405(3), 495(3), 506(3), 511(3), 521(3), 550(3), 552(3), 566(3), 597(3)*.
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience: COM 350(3) or COM 322(3) or COM 495(3).
  6. Minor required (or second major).

    * With advisor approval, no more than three total hours of COM 397 or 597 may be counted toward the 33 hours required.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements