College of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication

B.A. Degree; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The communication program teaches students to communicate effectively and ethically in a rapidly changing world characterized by diversity in gender, culture and belief. It offers a comprehensive background in the discipline in preparation for employment or further education. Students majoring in other disciplines find communication electives valuable additions to their programs.

The program is both theoretical and pragmatic, designed to prepare students for the professional workplace or for advanced study.

Major -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      COMM F180--Introduction to Human Communication--3 credits
      COMM F330--Intercultural Communication--3 credits
      COMM F351--Gender and Communication--3 credits
      COMM F401--Communication Research Methods--3 credits
      COMM F425W--Communication Theory--3 credits
      COMM F482W,O--Capstone Seminar in Communication--3 credits
    2. Complete four of the following:**
      COMM F300X--Communicating Ethics***--3 credits
      COMM F320--Communication and Language--3 credits
      COMM F321W--Nonverbal Communication--3 credits
      COMM F322W--Communication in Interpersonal Relationships--3 credits
      COMM F331O--Advanced Group Communication--3 credits
      COMM F335O--Organizational Communication--3 credits
      COMM F352--Family Communication--3 credits
      COMM F353--Conflict, Mediation, and Communication--3 credits
      COMM F380--Communication and Diversity--3 credits
      COMM F432O--Professional Public Speaking--3 credits
      COMM F441--Persuasion--3 credits
      COMM F462W--Communication in Health Contexts--3 credits
      COMM F475W--Applied Communication in Training and Development--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** With approval of advisor, an appropriate level special topics or independent studies course in communication may be used to meet this requirement.

*** If taken to meet the upper-division of baccalaureate core requirement for Ethics/Values and Choices in the Perspectives in the Human Condition, then the student must take an additional F300- or F400-level communication course to complete the major.


  1. Complete the following:
    COMM F180--Introduction to Human Communication--3 credits
    COMM F330--Intercultural Communication (3)
         or COMM F351--Gender and Communication--3 credits
  2. Complete communication electives at the F300-level or above--9 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--15 credits

Note: Courses designated as social science or humanities that are taken for the minor may also be used to fulfill social science and/or humanities distribution requirements for the B.A. degree.