Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies - Health Communication Emphasis

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

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Communication Studies Core Requirements
  3. Health Communication Emphasis Requirements
  4. Health Communication Elective Requirements
  5. 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
Communication Studies Core Requirements
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 4010Persuasion3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar4
Health Communication Emphasis Requirements
COMM 3180Provider & Patient Relations3
COMM 3200Community Health Communication3
COMM 3230Health Communication3
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
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
Spring Semester
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
Communication Studies 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
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General Education (Physical Sciences) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3180 Provider & Patient Relations 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 3230 Health Communication 3
General Elective 3
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
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
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 4
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 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.