Requires 30 hours, at least 12 of which must be at the 300-level.

All majors should begin their study of communication with these courses:

Required Major Courses
COM 102Debate and Advocacy3
or COM 110 Public Speaking
COM 220Empirical Research in Communication3
COM 225Rhetorical Theory and Criticism3

An overall minimum GPA of 2.0 in all communication courses attempted is required for graduation.


The Department of Communication offers its majors the opportunity to concentrate in special areas of study. Communication majors may choose to concentrate in Health, Environmental and Risk Communication; Integrated Communication Strategies; Media Studies; and Public Advocacy. Students may also opt to choose courses across the concentrations as a general communication major. 

In addition to the major course requirements, COM 102 or COM 110, COM 220, and COM 225 students who want to declare a concentration must successfully complete four courses within their chosen concentration. Students may declare two concentrations within the department; however, they may not count a course used to meet the required four courses for one concentration to fulfill requirements for a second concentration. A list of courses approved to fulfill the concentrations in Health, Environment, and Risk Communication; Integrated Communication Strategies; Media Studies; and Public Advocacy is maintained by the Communication Department. Students declaring a concentration must do so prior to the beginning of their final semester.

Study Abroad and Transfer Credit

Up to half of a student's total hours toward their communication degree can come from study abroad or transfer credits. Courses that do not significantly match COM courses in the academic bulletin may earn elective credit in COM (COM 500) or general University elective credit not applied to COM (COM 520). These courses do not satisfy the 300-level requirement. Transfer and study abroad courses must be approved by the Department prior to enrollment in those courses.

Internship and Practicum

Internship and Practicum is open only to majors and minors who satisfy departmental requirements. For three hours of internship credit, students need a minimum of 120 on-site contact hours; applications for internship hours need to be approved by a faculty supervisor and the internship director, or the director of undergraduate studies. Only three internship credit hours can count towards a major or minor. Students may enroll in up to three hours of practicum in any semester (see course listings for practicum options). Practicum hours need to be approved by supervising faculty. In total, students can earn a maximum of six hours of practicum credit; however only three hours of these may be counted toward a major or minor in communication. All internship and practicum credits are graded pass/fail.