The communication studies program, which encompasses both communication theory and rhetorical arts, has two instructional goals. First, the program attempts to improve a student’s communication skills in developing messages that are clear, coherent, reasoned, ethical, and fluent. Course work in public speaking, group and interpersonal communication, and co-curricular activities in debate and individual events provide opportunities to acquire practical communication skills. Second, the program attempts to develop a student’s ability to analyze communication in different social, political, and organizational settings. Course work in rhetorical theory, history, and criticism focuses on the study of speech and language used to achieve practical ends. A major in communication studies would be appropriate for anyone who planned to enter a career that is communication-intensive, such as law, education, health professions, business, or government.
In addition to the general university and college requirements for the BA/BS degree, an undergraduate major in communication studies is required to take 39 credit hours of coursework in the Department of Communication Studies. All majors will complete 9 required credit hours and 15 credit hours in one of the division’s five academic tracks of legal communication, organizational communication, political communication, relational communication, or rhetorical studies. All communication studies majors will also complete 15 credit hours in communication studies electives.
Bachelor’s degree requirements