Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Applied Leadership Emphasis

A Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with an Emphasis in Applied Leadership has four basic components:

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Applied Leadership Requirements
  3. Applied Leadership 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 Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Applied Leadership Emphasis Requirements
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 2710Communication Principles of Mentorship2
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3330Negotiations & Bargaining3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 3850Organizational Communication and System Dynamics3
COMM 4050Leadership and High Performance Teams3
COMM 4500Human Communication and Conflict3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
Applied Leadership Elective Requirements
Complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following:
COMM 1020Public Speaking3
COMM 3010Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3400Gender Communication3
COMM 3990Seminar in Communication0.5-3
ENGL 3215Period/Topic Studies: Gender in Literature3
ENGL 3342The Rhetoric of Gender3
MDIA 3410Gender in Media3
MGMT 3400Management & Organizations3
MGMT 3700Organizational Behavior3
PEHR 2070Intro to Sport Management3
PEHR 3010Special Event Admin/Mgmt3
SSC 2500REmerging Leaders2
SSC 3001RPeer Mentoring & Leadership2

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.
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
COMM 1001FYE: Communication1
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory3
COMM 2710Communication Principles of Mentorship2
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
GE: Mathematics (MATH 1040 recommended)3
GE: Global & Cultural Perspectives3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (GE: Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
GE: American Institutions3
GE: Life Science3
GE: Laboratory Science1
 Term Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
GE: Fine Arts3
GE: Literature/Humanities3
GE: Physical Sciences3
GE: Exploration3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
Applied Leadership Elective3
General Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3330Negotiations Bargaining3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 3850Organizational Communication and System Dynamics3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4050Leadership and High Performance Teams3
COMM 4500Human Communication and Conflict3
Applied Leadership Elective3
General Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
Applied Leadership Elective3
Upper Divsion Elective3
Upper Division Elective3
Upper Division Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
Applied Leadership Elective4
Upper Division Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours13
Total Hour: 120