Communication Studies - Health Communication Emphasis, BS


Program Description

Communication Studies majors learn human interactions and skills including: public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance and ethical strategies. This scholarship results in an environment in which lifelong learners thrive. We offer 5 different degree emphases, and a degree completion program. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Dixie State University Communication Studies graduates are skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create their own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.

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 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 3060Communication Theory3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar (Capstone)3

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 3480Emerging Media3
MDIA 3580Case Studies in Public Relations3
MDIA 4580Public Relations 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.  
Spring Semester
COMM 1050 Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
Communication Studies Elective * 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
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.  
3rd Year
Fall Semester
COMM 3060 Communication Theory 3
COMM 3180 Provider and Patient Relations 3
COMM 3190 Intercultural Communication (SS, GC) 3
COMM 3230 Health Communication 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.  
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.  
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.  
Spring Semester
COMM 4980 Senior Seminar 3
Health Communication Emphasis Elective 3
General 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.