2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies, BA

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Mission Statement: The Communication Studies program empowers students to thrive as leaders and innovators in today’s evolving communication fields. Our rigorous curriculum combines research, cutting-edge technology and best practices to provide students the essential knowledge, values, and experience needed to excel.

Vision Statement: To support our mission, we value collaboration, inspiration, contemplation, and innovation.

We recognize learning is a joint venture between each instructor and student. We strive to develop permanent relationships within our major, across our campus and with our alumni.

We endeavor to create a learning community that empowers our students to discover a passion for leadership and creative engagement in our world. We have high expectations for our students, identifying resilience and adaptability as keys to personal and professional success.

We are committed to rigorous inquiry and reflection in our academic and professional pursuits. We encourage thoughtful interaction, promoting a diverse and engaged learning environment.

We are intentional in embracing changes in the communication field. We critically evaluate those changes to model best practices in scholarship, pedagogy and professional development.

Civitae Core Requirements (39-40 credits)

Civitae Core  

Communication Studies majors may count Civitae Core courses satisfying major requirements as also satisfying their respective Civitae Core requirements, up to two Pillar courses and one Perspectives course.  The following are the courses in this major that may be used in this way:

  • COMM 101  will satisfy the Aesthetic Expression Pillar requirement
  • MATH 171  will satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Pillar requirement
  • COMM 201  may satisfy the Human Behavior and Social Institutions Pillar requirement
  • COMM 333   may satisfy the Human Behavior and Social Institutions Perspectives requirement
  • COMM 380   may satisfy the Aesthetic Expressions Perspectives requirement
  • COMM 385   may satisfy the Human Behavior and Social Institutions Perspectives requirement

Courses satisfying major requirements that are designated as Civitae Core courses subsequent to the print deadline of this Catalog will not appear in the above listings but will be eligible to also satisfy Civitae Core requirements, subject to the same rules as the others.  (If doing so would otherwise decrease the total credits required for the degree below 120, General Elective credit must be substituted to restore the total.)

Additional Degree Requirement

Humanities, 3 credits (not in the discipline of major)


Foreign Language, 3 credits (at a level that exceeds the Integrating World Languages course in the Core)

Concentration Requirements (21 credits)

Students are required to select one of the two concentrations that follow:

General Electives (29-30 credits)

Total Credits Required

BA in Communication Studies: 120 credits

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