Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Offered both online and in-person, the BA in Communication Studies requires you to take foundational courses in Public Speaking, Mass Media, and Research Methods. You’ll have the opportunity to take a variety of electives from the Communication Studies Program or the Public Relations courses provided by the Journalism Program.

Students who graduate with a BA in Communication Studies go on to successful careers in marketing, research, business, and more. The BA is also good preparation for attending graduate school.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Students seeking a degree in Communication Studies must complete sections A through D and a capstone.

Notes:

  • CMST 200 cannot be taken for credit towards the Communication Studies Major;
  • this major requires the completion of a minor;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

This major does require the completion of a minor or certificate for graduation.

Grade Requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.0 by graduation.

Section A–Required Communication Foundation Credits
CMST 201PUBLIC SPEAKING5
CMST 208MASS MEDIA AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY5
CMST 309COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION5
CMST 330INTEGRATED METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH5
or CSBS 320 STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Section B–Required Upper Division Core Credits–choose three 400-level CMST classes.14-15
Note: the following classes cannot count in this section (B): CMST 480, CMST 481 or CMST 495, CMST 499.
Note: any course used in Section B cannot count in Section C.
MESSAGE DESIGN
LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
NEGOTIATION SKILLS AND STRATEGIES
COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
GENDER AND MEDIA
TOPICS IN SEMIOTICS
SEX, SEXUALITY AND COMMUNICATION
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS
COMMUNICATION LAW AND ETHICS
MEDIA SYSTEMS AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
SPORTS AND LEADERSHIP
TOPICS INLEADERSHIP AND STRATGIC COMMUNICATION
RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM
ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION
CULTURAL STUDIES
TOPICS IN IMAGE, MESSAGES AND MEANING
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
ENTERTAINMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS
PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS
MEDIA RELATIONS
PUBLIC RELATIONS IN BUSINESS AND FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY
GENDER, COMMUNICATION AND POLITICS
EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR
SEMINAR
Section C–Electives19-20
Note: any course used in Section C cannot count in Section B.
COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITY AND CITIZENSHIP
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
ARGUMENTATION AND ADVOCACY
TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS
EVENT PLANNING AND LOGISTICS
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
LISTENING SKILLS
EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
DIRECTED STUDY
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
MESSAGE DELIVERY
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
DEBATE
INTERVIEWING
CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT
FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AND PLANNING
TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION
SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING
COMMUNICATIVE REASONING
BECOMING OTHER-CENTERED
PROFESSIONAL IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT SKILLS
FIELD WORK
SEMINAR
SPECIAL STUDIES
PRE-INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP
INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP
INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM
WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR
SEMINAR
Section D–The STAR Component (STudy/Act/Reflect)–please see STAR Component Coordinator, Dr. Shields, for any additional information.
Note: A minimum of 10 credits of CMST coursework at EWU must be taken before beginning the STAR component. Written and oral reports on the STAR experience must be completed successfully.
This requirement can be satisfied by: • A CMST or required JRNM class that has a built-in engagement component; • An internship; • Employment or volunteer activities.
Senior Capstone Requirement
CMST 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Total Credits58-60

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Communication Studies from EWU should be able to:

  • apply ethical communication principles to message composition or analysis;
  • craft compelling written messages;
  • deliver an effective public speech;
  • demonstrate the ability to design or conduct sound communication research;
  • use communication theories to critically analyze the characteristics of mediated messages.