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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication Studies Concentration, B.S.

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Students analyze how messages are used to manage personal relationships in social and professional contexts. By examining research, theory and processes of interpersonal communication, students learn important principles for managing impressions and building rapport, identifying needs and pursuing influence goals, reducing relational uncertainty and adapting to change. Students completing the concentration learn to communicate the value of healthy relationships, are well prepared for graduate school, and develop relational skills for excelling in careers such as peer counseling, education, family and human services, sales and management, aging services, ministry and community leadership.

In addition to the 12 hours of required communication studies courses, students must complete the following 18 hours from among the depth requirements. Students are encouraged to enroll in an internship as well as become involved in a research or community service project during their junior or senior years.

Degree and Major Requirements

The School of Communication Studies offers the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with a major in communication studies. Students must take at least 39 hours of work in communication studies beyond the General Education  requirement.

All programs must include at least five elements:

  • Twelve hours of required courses.
  • Successful completion of the milestone, Core Assessment in Communication Studies, upon completion of the core requirements
  • Fifteen hours of courses within distribution areas to meet the school depth requirement.
  • Nine hours of free elective courses in communication studies at the 300 or 400 level and three hours at the 200, 300 or 400 level.
  • Twelve hours of course work at the 300 level or above outside of the major program of study; or a second major or minor.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • University electives 21-46 Credit Hours 3
  • Major requirements (listed below) 39 Credit Hours

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education  requirement.
3 A minimum of 12 credit hours of university electives must be at the 300 level or above, or students must earn a second major or minor.

Additional Information

In addition, students pursuing a B.S. in communication studies must complete MATH 220. Elementary Statistics [C3T1G1]  or a school-approved statistics course with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. School-approved statistics courses include, but are not limited to, COB 191. Business Statistics . MATH 220  can count as either a General Education  or a B.S. quantitative requirement, but not both.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

Core Requirements


1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Depth Requirement: (15 hours required from the depth areas below)

Communication Theory and Context (choose three): 9 Credit Hours

At least one theory and context course requirement must be at the 400-level.

Total: 39 Credit Hours

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to enroll in SCOM 330. Special Topics in Interpersonal Communications , in partial fulfillment of their SCOM elective requirement.

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