Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Health Communication Emphasis

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

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Health Communication Requirements
  3. Health Communication 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
Health Communication Emphasis Requirements
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 3180Provider & Patient Relations3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3200Community Health Communication3
COMM 3230Health Communication3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 4010Persuasion3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar4
Health Communication Elective Requirements
Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3120Family Communication3
COMM 3850Organizational Communication and System Dynamics3
MDIA 3480New Social Media3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
MDIA 3580Case Studies in Strategic Communication3
MDIA 4580Strategic Communication Campaigns3

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 1050Introduction to Communication Theory3
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
General Education: Fine Arts3
General Education: Mathematics (recommended MATH 1040)3
 Term Hours13
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
General Education: American Institutions3
General Education: Life Science with Lab4
 Term Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication3
General Education: Physical Science3
General Education: Literature/Humanities3
General Education: Exploration3
General Education: GLOCUP3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 3180Provider Patient Relations3
General Education: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
General Education: GLOCUP3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3200Community Health Communication3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
Health Communication Elective Requirement (upper division)3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 3230Health Communication3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
Health Communication Elective Requirement (upper division)3
General Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
COMM 4010Persuasion3
Health Communication Elective Requirement (upper division)3
Health Communication Elective Requirement (upper division)3
General Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4980Senior Seminar4
Health Communication Elective Requirement (upper division)3
General Elective3
General Elective3
General Elective3
 Term Hours16
Total Hour: 120