Communication Studies, BS

Program Description

The Department of Communication Studies at Dixie State University promotes ethical practices of all forms of communication particularly within the academic areas of human communication and a degree completion program in organizational communication and leadership. Students receive training in ethics, leadership, critical thinking, and effective interaction skills. Guided by theory and application, students are trained to produce and critically interpret human communication messages through the design, production, and delivery of oral and written communication. The department also houses the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, an honor society recognized by the National Communication Association.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to Dixie State University including submitting previous college transcripts to the Registrar’s Office before they will be considered for admission to the Communication Studies program. Departmental approval is required prior to formally declaring communication as a major. Students are admitted to the Communication Studies baccalaureate program upon completion of the following admission requirements:

1.        Cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher

2.        Completion of a Communication Studies Program admission application

3.        Consultation with a Communication Studies Advisor

Students may self-declare “pre-Communication Studies” (BS-CMST-P) as their major before completing the consultation with a Communication Advisor.


Students will consult with the Communication Department advisor who will review the student's current academic status, explain degree requirements, and assist in creating a degree completion plan.  Students must submit a program admission application with their advisor to declare a major.  Upon nearing degree completion, the student must again meet with the advisor to go over the graduation checklist and sign the graduation audit.  Advisors provide an important resource in helping to stay on track toward academic goals throughout the Communication course of study.

Academic Requirements

To remain in the Communication baccalaureate program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or better. Students are also required to achieve not less than a C in each lower- and upper-division core communication class. If a student does not achieve this level in any core class, s/he will be required to take it again until the standard is met.

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
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Communication Studies Core Requirements 

COMM 1020Public Speaking3
COMM 1050Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC)3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating (SS)3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 2700Voice and Civility in Public Discourse3
COMM 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar (Capstone)3

Communication Studies Elective Requirements 

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:
Nonverbal Communication
Family Communication
Rhetoric and Public Communication
Lying and Deception
Health Communication
Negotiations and Bargaining
Survey of Dispute Resolution
Mediation and Negotiation
Gender Communication
Critical and Rhetorical Analysis
Organizational Communication and System Dynamics
Special Topics in Communication
Integrated Oral Presentations
Leadership and High Performance Teams
Communication and Contemporary Public Issues
Communication and Conflict
Mediation Practicum
Emerging Media
Case Studies in Public Relations
Public Relations Practicum (ALPP)
Public Relations Campaigns

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
General Elective 1
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
Spring Semester
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 1270 Critical Thinking and Communicating (SS) 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.  
Spring Semester
COMM 2700 Voice and Civility in Public Discourse 3
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication (SS, GC) 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
Spring Semester
COMM 3510 Ethics in Communication 3
COMM 4900R Communication Internship 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
4th Year
Fall Semester
COMM 4450 Communication Research 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
COMM Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective: Upper Division 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
 Total Hours120

BS Communication Studies Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply and demonstrate the importance of foundations and contributions of communication in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  2. Identify and evaluate ethical communication in personal, professional, and societal contexts.
  3. Illustrate how communication concepts and theories are used to understand communication behaviors in a variety of contexts, including small groups, organizations, interpersonal and professional relationships, and public discourse.
  4. Synthesize and apply communication theory and skills to solve problems, manage personal and professional relationships, and overcome communication barriers.
  5. Integrate critical reasoning into the formulation and delivery of effective and ethical personal, social, professional, and public oral and written messages for a variety of audience compositions in numerous contexts.
  6. Analyze and critique messages from personal, social, professional, and public sources to determine message effectiveness, ethics, appropriateness, and strategies utilized by the message designer.
  7. Apply effective and appropriate written and oral communication skills when exposed to intercultural settings, and cross-cultural environments to achieve a cultural sensitivity to diversity, as well as to navigate and overcome potential communication differences.