Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Communication Studies Core Requirements 

COMM 1020Public Speaking3
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC)3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication (GC)3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar (Capstone)4

Communication Studies Elective Requirements 

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:
Nonverbal Communication
Family Communication
Rhetoric and Public Communication
Lying and Deception
Health Communication
Negotiations and Bargaining
Interviewing
Gender Communication
Critical and Rhetorical Analysis
Organizational Communication and System Dynamics
Special Topics in Communication
Persuasion
Integrated Oral Presentations
Leadership and High Performance Teams
Communication and Contemporary Public Issues
Communication and Conflict
New Social Media
Case Studies in Strategic Communication
Strategic Communication Practicum
Strategic Communication Campaigns

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
General Education (Mathematics - MATH 1040 recommended) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Elective 1
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 1270 Critical Thinking and Communicating 3
COMM 2120 Small Group Communication 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 2700 Voice and Civility in Public Discourse 3
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication (GC) 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 3510 Ethics in Communication 3
COMM 4900R Communication Internship 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
COMM 4450 Communication Research 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 4
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
 Total Hours120