Undergraduate Program

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in two major areas of concentration: Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication.

The program promotes the growth of knowledge about communication and its uses to achieve individual, group, and societal goals. You will learn about the functions, processes, channels, and influences of communication and can specialize in interpersonal or rhetorical communication. Students in communication work to acquire proficiency in critical analysis, argumentation and presentation (oral and written), and research methods.


Practical application of classroom experience is available to junior or senior students through internships. You are expected to have completed at least 12 credits in upper-division courses (300- or 400-level) related to the internship subject area prior to registering for the internship and to have at least a 3.00 GPA. You may complete up to six credits of internship, but only three credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in the major. The internship policies and application are available on the Internship Program page.


Find out what is required to major or minor in communication studies.


Have all course work for your major approved by an academic advisor. Please visit the Advising page for more information.

Degree Requirements

Find out what you need for a communication studies degree.

Minor in Communication Studies

You can earn a minor if you wish to have more knowledge about communication studies, but do not wish to major in the discipline. Find out what you need for a communication studies minor.

Department Policies

Find out about our academic policies, what you need to know about your outside area of interest, and how to change your major.

Undergraduate Catalog

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