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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. Communication Studies Major

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for professions in the various areas of communication or who wish to pursue graduate study.

  • Required Courses:

    • Communication: Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 368, 375, 439, 498

  • Other Requirements:

    • In addition to the required courses, students must satisfy the requirements of one of the four options: Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, or Communication Generalist.

    • At least nine elective credits must be at the 300/400 level.

    • Only Communication 303 or 304 can count towards the 38 credit major.

    • Students may choose to take one three-credit course from the following electives: Communication 329, 348, RTF 313, 347 that will count towards the Communication Studies major. These courses do not count toward the nine credits of upper level electives required in Communication Studies, but can be used to complete the 15 credits of electives.

    • No more than two of the following elective courses can count toward the Communication Studies major: Communication  405, 441, 444, 446, 447; Interdisciplinary Studies 399.

Students may choose to pursue study in one of the three Communication Focus Areas (CFA) or they may pursue studies in the Communication Generalist Area.

Communication Focus Area Study:

  • Students are required to earn nine credits in the chosen CFA in addition to the introductory course in that area plus two electives from any area.

    • Interpersonal Communication Focus Area:

      • Communication 267, 318, 325, 326, 478
    • Organizational Communication Focus Area:

      • Communication 304, 413, 414, 415, 416, 477

    • Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Focus Area:

      • Communication 303, 314, 316, 337, 338, 411, 422, 427, 428, 450, 451, 455, 476, 499

Generalist Option:  If students do not wish to pursue the CFA option, they may choose the Generalist option. Under this option, students select 15 credits from any of the Communication courses (nine credits must be at the 300 or 400 levels in Communication Studies). One course may be chosen from the RTF electives, but this course does not count toward the nine credits of 300 and 400 level Communication Studies electives.

Speech Communication Education Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to be licensed to teach Speech Communication in grades 6-12.  

  • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Course:
    • Communication: Communication 118, 213 or 214, 215, 265, 267, 277, 303, 319, 337, 411, 444; 6 units (crs.) of electives in communication.
    • Other Requirements: For Secondary Education Majors and Minors: Communication 441.
  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department’s offering to meet the Minimum Requirement.

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