Communication Studies

 General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking 1
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following, one must come from the Natural and Physical Sciences category8
Natural and Physical Sciences (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 2
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39



Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (37 credits)
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 216Intercultural Communication3
COMM 312Gender Communication3
COMM 360Group Dynamics3
COMM 411Communication Theory3
COMM 491Senior Capstone1
COMM 497Internship3-12
or COMM 487 Field Experience
Journalism and Media
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Media Writing
Communication and Interviewing
Sports Information
Select two of the following:6
Oral Interpretation
Corporate Training
Event Planning
Organizational Communication
Digital Media Management
Select two of the following:6
Public Relations
Digital Communication
Social Media Management
Communication Electives
Choose nine additional credits from any COMM course, 200-level or above, or other course(s) as approved by the department chair (9 credits). 29
Directed Electives
Choose 18 credits from the following: 18
Photography I
Photography II
Business Communications
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Technical and Scientific Writing
Writing for the Web
Sport Ethics
Current Issues in Community Health
Principles of Management
Foundations of Leadership
Principles of Marketing
Advertising and Promotions
State and Local Government
International Politics
3D Modeling and Design
Or other course(s) as approved by the department chair
Total Credits64-73

 Additional credits of COMM 487 or COMM 497 may only be used for elective credits here if the course has not already been used to fulfill the major requirement above.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 64-73 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study 

First Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3COMM 112 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3Elective3
COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
UNIV 150 (for on-campus students)1 
 16 15
Second Year
COMM 211 (elective)3COMM 2123
COMM 2163GEOG 1113
Elective3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3Literacies (Gen Ed)3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
 Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
 15 18
Third Year
COMM 2003COMM 3123
COMM 3113COMM 3143
COMM 3603COMM 4113
Major Elective3Major Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
COMM 3043COMM 4143
COMM 315 (elective)3COMM 415 (elective)3
COMM 4973-12COMM 4833
Major Elective3COMM 4911
Elective3Major Elective3
 15-24 16
Total Credits 125-134

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Practices professional and ethical communication strategically
  2. Researches, evaluates, and synthesizes information effectively
  3. Engages in and appreciates diverse thoughts and ideas
  4. Competently works well with others in interpersonal and group situations