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.
  • CSS 1305
  • CSS 3302
  • CSS 3310
  • 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 3304,3306,3311,3312,4301,4302,4303,4304,4306,4311,4312,4313,4336,4380
  • Six Hours from course in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

  • Eighteen hours from the following courses: CSS 2264,2265,3305,3307,3316,3247,3248,3393,4310,4336,4351,4352,4353,4354,4385,4396,4397,4380.
  • 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.

    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:

    • CSS 1302, FDM 1304, (2360 or 3361). and (3372 or 3373 or 3374).
    • Twelve additional hours of any CSS courses.
    • Six additional hours of any FDM electives
    • The remaining six semester hours may be taken from either division (CSS or FDM)
    • At least fifteen of the thirty-six hours must be at the "3000" or "4000" level.
    • Required course in other field: MIS 1305
    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.