Communication, BA

The major in communication is comprised of 11 courses for a total of 33 credits. After the four-course pre-major, students are required to take three elective courses within the Communication Department, three outside electives from the list below, and complete the capstone seminar in communication (COMSTU 480); it is strongly recommended that students take the capstone during their senior year. At least five courses must be at the 300 level or higher. Students may count one class taken pass/fail toward the major (not COMSTU 480). Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA across the four core courses to receive a BA in communication. 

  Pre-major (Take all 4)
COMSTU 100 Introduction to Communication
COMSTU 200 The New Media Society
COMSTU 205 Communication Research Methods
COMSTU 230 Intercultural Communication


  Communication Electives (Take 3)
COMSTU 210 Using Internet Communication
COMSTU 220 Interpersonal Communication
COMSTU 225 Relational Communication
COMSTU 240 Organizational Communication
COMSTU 250 Analyzing Media
COMSTU 260 Psychological Effects of Mass Media
COMSTU 270 Campaign Design and Analysis
COMSTU 280 Special Topics
COMSTU 305 Communication in Diverse Organizations
COMSTU 300 Information Technology and Human Communication
COMSTU 320 Social Influence and Compliance-Gaining
COMSTU 330 Health Communication
COMSTU 340 Communication and Community Mobilization
COMSTU 350 Political Communication
COMSTU 360 International Media Systems
COMSTU 365 News Media and Political Power


  Outside Electives (Take 3)
AMST 215 America on Film
AMST 235 The Social History of Popular Music
AMST 310 Television in American Life
AMST 335 Music and Politics
AMST L349 / HIST L349 Cold War: Rise and Fall
AMST 355 Black Popular Culture
AMST 375 Best Sellers in American Society
ENGL 307 Writing for Print and Online Media
ENGL 340 Literature and Visual Media
ENGL 348 Native American Literature
POLSCI 365 The Politics of Communication
PSYCH 230 Social Psychology
PSYCH 333 Group Dynamics
PSYCH 335 Social Attitudes and Public Opinion
PSYCH 377 Communication and Society
SOCIOL 300 The Sociology of Media and Mass Communication
SOCIOL 375L Indian Cinema


Capstone: The department recommends that students take the capstone during their senior year

COMSTU 480: Communication Seminar
Capstone topic varies from semester to semester, and is typically reflective of the research interests of the professor. The capstone class may not be taken pass/fail.