Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

A Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies has four basic components:

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Core Discipline Requirements
  3. Elective Requirements
  4. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional 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.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
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
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Communication Studies Core Requirements
COMM 1020Public Speaking3
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
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:
COMM 3010Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 3120Family Communication3
COMM 3150Lying & Deception3
COMM 3230Health Communication3
COMM 3330Negotiations & Bargaining3
COMM 3350Interviewing3
COMM 3400Gender Communication3
COMM 3460Content & Rhetorical Analysis3
COMM 3850Organizational Communication and System Dynamics3
COMM 3990Seminar in Communication0.5-3
COMM 4010Persuasion3
COMM 4020Integrated Oral Presentations3
COMM 4050Leadership and High Performance Teams3
COMM 4490Communication and Contemporary Public Issues3
COMM 4500Human Communication and Conflict3
MDIA 3480New Social Media3
MDIA 3580Case Studies in Strategic Communication3
MDIA 4580Strategic Communication Campaigns3
Recommended (not required) elective for incoming students:
COMM 1001FYE: Communication1

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
COMM 1001 FYE: Communication 1
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication meets General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
General Education (Mathematics - MATH 1040 recommended) 3
General Education (Fine Arts / GLOCUP) 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
 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 & Lab) 4
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
COMM 2700 Voice and Civility in Public Discourse 3
General Education (Physical Sciences) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 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
 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
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 4
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
 Total Hours120