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 Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
Information Literacy0-1
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
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
RSM 2070Fundamentals of Sport Management3
RSM 3010Event Management3
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.

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
General Elective 1
Spring Semester
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
Communication Studies Emphasis Elective * 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
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
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
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 2710 Communication Principles of Mentorship 2
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 3330 Negotiations & Bargaining 3
Applied Leadership Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
COMM 3510 Ethics in Communication 3
COMM 3850 Organizational Communication and System Dynamics 3
COMM 4900R Communication Internship 3
Applied Leadership Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
COMM 4050 Leadership and High Performance Teams 3
Applied Leadership Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
Applied Leadership Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
COMM 4500 Human Communication and Conflict 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Total Hours120

 Communication Studies Electives are courses that are prerequisites to upper division Communication or Media Studies coursework.  These courses may be used to explore Communication Studies disciplines.