Major Requirements (Effective Fall 2013)

Students pursuing a major in Communication Studies must complete 16 prerequisite credits, 8 core credits at the 200-level and 16 upper-level credits in Communication Studies.

Program requirements include:

Four Communication Studies Prerequisite Courses

Comm 101

The Mass Media

4 credits

Requires freshman or sophomore status

Comm 102

Media Processes and Effects

4 credits

Requires freshman or sophomore status

Comm 121

Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media I

4 credits

Requires freshman or sophomore status

Comm 122

Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media II

4 credits

Prerequisite: Comm 121

Note: Transfer credit is not allowed for any prerequisite course

Core Requirements

Two courses (8 credits) from:

  • Comm 251: Understanding Media Industries
  • Comm 261: Views on the News: What Shapes Our Media Content
  • Comm 271: Communication Revoluations
  • Comm 281: Media Psychology

(Comm 251 and Comm 271 require completion of Comm 101 with a C- or better; Comm 261 and Comm 281 require completion of Comm 102 with a C- or better.)

Advanced Communication Study

This requirement allows students to choose advanced Communication Studies courses according to individual interest areas.

  • A minimum of 16 upper-level credits
  • One upper-level writing requirement (ULWR) Comm course from courses numbered Comm 350-399 (4 credits)
  • One Comm capstone seminar from courses numbered Comm 450-499 (3 credits)
  • 9 additional Comm elective credits at the 300-400 level, not included in ULWR and capstone requirements above
  • Comm 321: Undergraduate Internship cannot be used to satisfy this requirement
  • A maximum of three credits from Comm 322: Faculty Directed Undergraduate Research Practicum, Comm 441: Independent Reading or Comm 442: Independent Research, may be applied to this requirement
  • A maximum of three credits from Comm 491: Senior Honors Seminar I or Comm 492: Senior Honors Seminar II may apply to this requirement (additional credits may be applied to the general bachelor’s degree requirements)