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Academic Plan

As a communication studies major, you will work closely with your adviser to design a program of study suited to your personal goals and needs.

To earn a major in communication studies, you must successfully complete at least 34 credits (36 are recommended) in communication courses distributed into four categories:

  • Communication Essentials
  • Communicating Personally
  • Communicating in Organizations and Groups
  • Communicating to Influence

For choices in each category, see below.

COMM 1030: Speaking to Lead and Influence
COMM 3600: Leadership and the Art of Persuasion
COMM 4850: Senior Seminar

COMM 2020: Communication Dynamics in Interpersonal Relationships
COMM 3100: Communication Across Cultures: Identities and Differences

COMM 2090: Communication and Conflict in Groups and Teams
COMM 3090: Communication in Organizations
COMM 3110: Communication Training and Development

COMM 2050: Media, Culture and Society
COMM 3030: Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice
COMM 3070: Gender and Rhetoric

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

In addition to the courses listed above, you may enroll in:

  • COMM 4954: Independent Study
  • COMM 4604: Internship

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Writing requirements

Communication studies majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing COMM 4850: Senior Seminar. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).