Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Health Communication Emphasis

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

Health Communication Emphasis Requirements

COMM 3180Provider and Patient Relations3
COMM 3200Community Health Communication3
COMM 3230Health Communication3
COMM 4010Persuasion3

 Health Communication Emphasis Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) credits from the following:
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
COMM 3120Family Communication3
COMM 3850Organizational Communication and System Dynamics3
MDIA 3480New Social Media3
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.

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
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours14
Spring Semester
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
Communication Studies Elective * 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
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3180 Provider and Patient Relations 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication (GC) 3
COMM 3230 Health Communication 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 3200 Community Health Communication 3
COMM 3510 Ethics in Communication 3
COMM 4900R Communication Internship 3
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
COMM 4010 Persuasion 3
COMM 4450 Communication Research 3
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 4
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Hours15
 Total Hours120