Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

About


The BA in Communication Studies requires students to take foundational courses in Public Speaking, Mass Media, and Research Methods. Students 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 and 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.

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

Section A–Required Foundation Credits
CMST 201 PUBLIC SPEAKING 5
CMST 208 MASS MEDIA AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY 5
CMST 309 COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION 5
CMST 330 INTEGRATED METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH 5
or CSBS 320 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
CSBS 310 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES THEORY 5
Section B–Required Upper Division Core Credits–choose at least three 400-level CMST classes. 15
Any course in Section B cannot count in Section C. The following classes cannot count in this section: CMST 480, CMST 481, CMST 490, CMST 495 or CMST 499.
Section C–Electives–choose credits from any CMST courses or from the Public Relations sequence (CMST 461, CMST 462 and JRNM 453) or CSBS 320, if not taken to satisfy foundation credit 14
Section D–The STAR Component (STudy/Act/Reflect)–This requirement can be satisfied by submitting a brief essay, approximately 900 words, exhibiting cognitive reflection between communication concepts or theory and everyday activities such as internships, service-learning activities, employment, volunteer activities, etc.
Senior Capstone Requirement
CMST 490 SENIOR CAPSTONE 5
Total Credits 59

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General Education


Placement and Clearance Exams
Prior Learning Credits / Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


University Competencies and Proficiencies


Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)
       Humanities and Arts
       Natural Sciences
       Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)
     Foreign Language
     Minor or Certificate
     Diversity Course List
     Global Studies Course List
     Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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Student Learning Outcomes


Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  •  apply communication theories (perspectives, principles, and concepts) in practice;
  • communicate competently;
  • communicate ethically, responsibly, and effectively as citizens and leaders;
  • critically analyze;
  • possess skills to effectively communicate with a variety of publics in multiple contexts.