Apr 22, 2024  
2021-2022 General Catalog 

Communication - Messaging & Human Interaction Emphasis (B.A., B.S.)

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply leadership, social media, and critical thinking skills to solve problems, reach objectives, and prepare for future career opportunities.
  • Students will understand the factors that impact communication in various contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills connected to researching, organizing, and disseminating messages orally and in writing.
  • Students will be able to research, organize, create, and present relevant messages to inform, persuade, entertain, or build rapport with selected and specific audiences.
  • Students are able to explain how theory and models can be used to communicate effectively in public and private contexts.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • A maximum of three (3) internship credits (COMM 4890 ) count toward major hours. Credit for internship will not be given unless approved by the department chair at the beginning of the semester. See department for details.
  • Students using Communications Studies as a composite with another communication emphasis must take the Communication Core (6) and the Required Courses (15) and at least three more credits in communication studies for a minimum of 24 credits in the area.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)

Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Communication - Messaging & Human Interaction Curriculum (45 Credits)

Required Core Courses (9 Credits)

Messaging & Human Interaction Emphasis Electives (18 Credits)

In addition to the 24 core and required credits above, 18 department elective credits are required to complete the 42 total credits for the major. 

The following courses are possible electives for the Communication Studies Emphasis. See specific recommendations below for area concentrations.

Recommended Electives for Corporate and Strategic Communication Areas:

Please see advisor for additional information.

Recommended Electives for Interpersonal and Relational Communication Area:

Please see advisor for additional information.

Recommended Electives for Public Persuasion Communication Area:

Please see advisor for additional information.

Additional Recommended Electives

Additional recommended electives or any other communication courses not listed:

Free Electives (24-48 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120

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