Apr 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies B.A./B.S.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

May be either depending on option selected; see the "Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees " section of this catalog.

Major in Communication Studies

(Major Code: 1205)

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the "University Core Curriculum " section of this catalog.

Communication Studies Core Requirements for Corporate Communication, Graduate School Preparation, and Speech Performance Emphases (18 credit hours)


Students majoring in communication studies choose at least 18 hours of courses from the following four emphases:

Corporate Communication Emphasis (18 hours)

Complete the Communication Studies Core and at least 18 hours as listed below.

Graduate School Preparation Emphasis (18 hours)

Complete the Communication Studies Core and 18 hours as listed below.

Nine hours of communication studies electives in consultation with a communication studies adviser, which may include:

B.A. or B.S. Requirements (6-12 hours)

Electives (as needed to total 120 hours overall)

Students must complete at least 39 hours of advanced courses (3000/4000 level) for degree.


COMM 2178 /COMM 4278  is a repeatable course and may be repeated up to a maximum of four hours for the communication studies major. COMM 3399 -WT Leadership is a course that is by application only.

Students are advised to complete the University core curriculum requirements during their first two years of classes.

Course Rotation

Graduation Requirement

All communication studies majors will compile an e-portfolio that demonstrates the student’s competencies in at least six of the following eight areas:

  • Leadership,
  • Presentational speaking/visual communication,
  • Interpersonal communication,
  • Written communication,
  • Communication and culture,
  • Group communication,
  • Theoretical perspectives/ethics, and
  • Internships and professional experience.

This portfolio must be submitted for review early in the semester the student plans to graduate. The student must receive a score of three or higher on each section of the portfolio to be certified for graduation. Portions of the portfolio will be presented as part of the capstone course, COMM 4301 —Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism.


Students seeking teaching certification in communication studies are advised to select the speech performance emphasis.

For information about the master of arts (M.A.) degree in communication, refer to the “Graduate Catalog”.

Advising Services Degree Checklists and Curriculum Guides

Degree checklists and curriculum guides (suggested course sequences) are available by linking to the Advising Services Degree Checklists webpage.

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