College of Business and Technology

Communication Studies Major (BA Traditional)

Lifelong skills such as speaking, working in groups, working with new media, organization, critical thinking, and writing form the foundation of the Communication Studies program. Classroom and on-the-job internship experiences prepare students for thoughtful and informed entry into countless career choices.

The Communication Studies major is based on research data which indicates that employers are interested in potential employees with skills in oral communication, listening, writing, interpersonal communication, interviewing and small group communication, and who have some career training and orientation.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 30 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisites from General Education
Interpersonal Communication (3)
Required 1
COM 213Public Speaking3
COM 222Social/Mass Media Communication4
COM 309Intercultural Communication4
COM 325Social Media Relations & Analytics4
COM 327Topics in Communication 26
COM 403Family Communication4
COM 441Communication Research Methods4
COM 442Communication Theory4
COM 443Persuasive Communication4
COM 478Organizational Communication4
COM 490Senior Seminar2
COM 498Internship4
Total Credits47

 If total credits equal less than 47 due to approved transfer courses or transition courses that were previously three credits, students may use the supporting courses below or additional internship credits to reach the required total.


Topics in Communication is a two-credit course that will be repeated three times in order to meet the major credit requirement of 47 credits. 

Supporting Courses

Visual Communication

ART 241Photography I3
ART 341Photography II3
ART 282Graphic Design I3
ART 382Graphic Design II3
ART 383UX Design I3
ART 441Advanced Photography4
Total Credits19

Public Relations and Marketing

MAR 301Principles of Marketing4
MAR 312Consumer Behavior4
MAR 313Advertising and Promotions4
MAR 470Digital Marketing2
MAR 471Global Marketing2
COM 320Media and Public Relations4
Total Credits20

Sport Management

KHS 390Sport Management4
KHS 392Marketing and Fundraising4
KHS 393Planning & Managing Sport Facilities4
KHS 394Sport Business4
Total Credits16


ENG 221Journalism4
ENG 227Column Writing2
ENG 222Journalism Practicum1
ENG 228Review Writing2
ENG 320Writing for the Job (and Life) You Want3
ENG 420Persuasive Writing on Contemporary Issues3
Total Credits15