Communication Studies

A degree in communication studies can serve the academic and career objectives of a variety of students. An essential component of a liberal arts education, competence in oral communication is a requirement for most positions in modern business and industry. The communication in human relations emphasis provides majors with the opportunity to develop proficiency in spoken communication in an academic program providing flexibility and adaptability to a variety of professional contexts. The communication studies emphasis provides majors with the understanding of interpersonal and public communication processes needed for careers in teaching, research and for further professional or academic study.

Students may declare a major in communication studies in one of two ways: as incoming freshmen or after having completed at least 30 hours of coursework, including a grade of "C" or better in either COMM 10123, 20113 or 20223 and an overall GPA of at least 2.25.

Majors taking classes counting toward departmental degree requirements must take them for graded credit. Any courses completed in the department receiving a pass under the Pass/No-Credit Policy before declaring communication studies as a major, will count as University electives, but will not count toward the hour requirement to satisfy the major.

Honors Program

Communication studies majors who plan to pursue departmental honors must be members of the University Honors Program and should enroll in COMM 30003 during their junior year and COMM 40003 during their senior year. Honors students should consult with the chair of the Department of Communication Studies concerning additional guidelines.

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