Communications Degree Requirements


Major in Communications [40 credits]

I. Prerequisites to Major [4]

COMM 101 Introduction to Communications and Public Speaking [4]

II. Required Major Emphasis Courses [16]

COMM 320 Rhetorical Communication Theories [4]
COMM 350 Persuasive Messages and Campaigns [4]
COMM 499 Capstone (Senior Thesis/Project) [4]
PSYC 330 Research Methods [4]

III. Choose one of four tracks [12]

Track A: Communications Generalist [12]
Students may opt for a generalist approach in which they design their own program of study through the self selection of 12 credits at the at the 300 or 400 level.

Track B: Rhetoric [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
COMM 420 Rhetorical Criticism/Hermeneutics [4]
COMM 425 Rhetorics of Public Discourse [4]

Track C: Public Relations and Marketing [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 300 Media Writing and Analysis [4]
COMM 360 Advertising and Marketing Principles [4]
COMM 400 Public Relations [4]

Track D: Digital Design Option [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
COMM 370 Multimedia Message Design [4]
COMM 410 Multimedia Production [4]

IV. All tracks require any combination of 8 credits of electives [8]

COMM 381 Homeletics and Advanced Presentations [4]
COMM 390 Freedom of Speech and Press [4]
COMM 399 Directed Study [4]
COMM 420 Rhetorical Criticism/Hermeneutics [4]
COMM 430 Communication Consulting and Training [4]
COMM 440 Health Communication [4]
COMM 450 Communication in the Classroom [4]
COMM 460 Intercultural Communication [4]
COMM 490 Internships/Field Experience [1 – 4]
COMM 498 Independent Study [1 – 4]

Total required credits [40]

Minor in Communications [20]

There are 20 credits required for a minor in Communications.

I. Complete the prerequisite to the Minor [4]
COMM 101 Introduction to Communications and Public Speaking [4]

II. Complete Communications Emphasis [8]
Select 4 credits from the following:
COMM 320 Rhetorical Communication Theories [4]
PSYC 330 Research Methods [4]
COMM 350 Persuasive Messages and Campaigns [4]

III. Complete any combination of 8 credits of communications electives [8]
Upper-division (300 and above) COMM courses

Total required credits [20]