Communication Studies - Human Communication, 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

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech'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 1010Elements of Effective Communication3
COMM 1020Public Speaking3
COMM 1270Critical Thinking and Communicating (SS)3
COMM 2060Introduction to Communication Theory (SS, GC)3
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 2120Small Group Communication3
COMM 3190Intercultural Communication (SS, GC)3
COMM 4450Communication Research3
COMM 4900RCommunication Internship3
COMM 4980Senior Seminar (Capstone)3

Human Communication Emphasis Requirements

COMM 3010Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 3120Family Communication3
or COMM 3400 Gender Communication
COMM 3290Globalization, Culture, and Identity3
COMM 4115Communicating in Close Relationships3
COMM 4500Communication and Conflict3

 Human Communication Emphasis Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) credits from the following:
COMM 3120Family Communication3
or COMM 3400 Gender Communication
COMM 3230Health Communication3
COMM 3460Critical and Rhetorical Analysis3
COMM 3510Ethics in Communication3
COMM 3550Organizational Communication3
COMM 4010Persuasion3

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 Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective2COMM 10203
ENGL 10103ENGL 20103
General Education (Mathematics - MATH 1040 recommended)3General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3General Elective3
COMM 10103COMM 21103
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.
 14 15
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
COMM 12703COMM 20603
COMM 21203General Elective3
General Education (American Institutions)3General Elective3
General Education (Life Sciences)3General Education (Exploration)3
General Elective3General Education (Physical Sciences and Lab)4
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.
 15 16
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
COMM 31903COMM 4900R3
COMM 30103COMM 31203
COMM 32903COMM 44503
Human Communication Elective 3COMM 45003
General Elective3Human Communication Emphasis Elective3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.General Elective3
 Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.
 15 18
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
COMM 41153COMM 49803
Human Communication Emphasis Elective3Upper Division Elective3
Upper Division Elective3Upper Division Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.General Elective3
 Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor.
 12 15
Total Hours 120

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.