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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies, Health Communication Studies Concentration, B.S.

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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:

  • 12 hours of required courses.
  • Successful completion of the milestone, Core Assessment in Communication Studies, upon completion of the core requirements
  • 15 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.
  • 12 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
Total: 120 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 [C3QR]  or a school-approved statistics course. School-approved statistics courses include, but are not limited to, COB 191. Business Analytics I . MATH 220  can count as either a General Education  or a B.S. quantitative requirement, but not both.

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

Health Communication Studies Concentration Courses

This concentration prepares students for careers in a variety of areas including: patient advocacy, patient experience coaching, health educator, wellness coordinator, health policy advocacy and health-related writing. Students will gain strong writing and research skills, project management expertise, leadership, team building and gain knowledge in the areas of: doctor-patient communication, interpersonal health communication, health campaigns, culture and health, public health and current topics in health communication.

In addition to the 12 hours of required communication studies courses, students studying health communication must complete the following hours from among the depth requirements. Students are encouraged to enroll in an internship during their junior or senior years.

Advanced Methods

Choose two of the following: 6 Credit Hours

Total: 18 Credit Hours


1 We strongly suggest that the internship option, if selected, be in the area of health communication.

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