Jun 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies, Health Communication Studies Concentration, B.A.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Communication Studies Requirements for B.A. degree

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • University electives 11-49 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 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.
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.

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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