Undergraduate programs

The Department of Communication offers programs leading to degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The courses offered in communication are based on the premise that an educated individual must be able to think critically and analytically, comprehend political, social, cultural, institutional, international, and mediated communication, listen effectively, and be sensitive and adaptive to communicative encounters with persons of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and situations. The effective communicator has an understanding of the complexity and dynamic nature of the communication process, as well as a sense of responsibility for the substance and consequences of communicative interaction.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

Communication B.A./B.S.

Communication Minor

Film Studies Minor

Communications 4 + 1 Accelerated Bachelors Plus Masters Program

Communication B.A./B.S.

All classes in the major or minor must be taken for a letter grade and only classes graded C or better will be counted toward the major or minor. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading system (pass/no pass) will not be counted.


In addition to meeting the general University requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 60 credits in communication courses plus Wr 222 or Wr 323 for a total of 64 credits.


Comm 300Principles of Communication


Comm 311Research Methods in Communication


Comm 316Communication, Individuals, and Discourse


Comm 326Communication, Society, and Culture


Communication electives



Wr 222Writing Research Papers



Wr 323Writing as Critical Inquiry


Of the 44 credits of communication electives,

  • At least 32 must be in upper-division (numbered 300 and above) communication studies courses, of which
  • At least 16 must be in course numbered 400 and above, of which
  • At least 12 must be in courses numbered 410 and above.
  • No more than 8 credits may be counted toward the major from courses numbered Comm 401 through Comm 409, including Communication Internship.

Total Credit Hours: 64