Communication Majors

There are two majors under the Communication Studies area of the Department of Communication.


Communication Studies Major

Communication Studies majors are usually preparing for professional careers in corporate communication, law, teaching or the ministry. Instruction is offered in the areas of rhetoric and public discourse, organizational communication, and argumentation and debate.

Thirty-six semester hours including the following required courses:

  • One three-hour course from CSS 1301, 1302, or 1304- Public Speaking
  • CSS 1305- Intro to Com Studies
  • CSS 3302- Intro to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • CSS 3310- Communication Theory
  • Students will select a track for the remaining twenty-four hours of coursework which relates to their academic or professional focus.


Corporate Communication Track

  • Eighteen hours from the following courses: CSS 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4306, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4336, 4380
  • Six Hours from course in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track


Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

  • Eighteen hours from the following courses: CSS 2264, 2265, 3305, 3307, 3316, 3247, 3248, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4385, 4394, 4395, 4396, 4397, 4380.
  • Six hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track.


Generalist Track

  • Twelve hours from the courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track.
  • Twelve hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track.


Honors Track

  • Nine hours from the following classes: CSS 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4303, 4311, 4313, 4314, 4336
  • Nine hours from the following classes: CSS 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4396
  • Engaged Communication Experience: Six hours from CSS 4303, 4312, 430, 4V85
  • Requirements in other areas: Admission to the Honors Program and completion of upper-division Honors Program Requirements. See Honors Program Handbook or the Honors Program section of the catalog for specific requirements.
Special Note: For students wishing to double major in Communication Studies, Communication Specialist, and/or Film and Digital Media, the requirements for each major must be met independently. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing a double major in the department visit with the Chair of the department.


Communication Specialist Major

The Communication Specialist Major combines courses in speech and Film and Digital Media. This program of study blends a leadership/management/organizational communication focus with the development of expertise in digital media production. Like the speech major, it is appropriate for students with a wide array of career aspirations, but is most appropriate for those intending to take advantage of communication expertise in a corporate career track. The focus of the Communication Specialist major is to prepare students for professional communication positions in business and industry.

Thirty-six semester hours including the following required courses:

  • CSS 1302- Speech for Business and Professional Students
  • FDM 1304- Visual Literacy: Sight, Sound, Motion
  • FDM 2360- Production Methods
  • FDM 3372- Writing for Media Markets, FDM 3373- Screenwriting, OR FDM 3374- Television Writing
Elective Courses Include:
  • Twelve additional hours of any CSS courses
  • Six additional hours of any FDM electives
  • The remaining six semester hours may be taken with either division (CSS or FDM)
  • At least fifteen of the thirty-six semester hours must be at the "3000" or "4000" level

Special Note: For students wishing to double major in Communication Studies, Communication Specialist, and/or Film and Digital Media, the requirements for each major must be met independently. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing a double major in the department visit with the Chair of the department.