BA Communications

BA Communications

The study of communication is vital for our public life as a nation, for our individual careers and for our interpersonal relations. Communication studies empowers students to become effective communicators, resulting in improved social interactions, greater academic success and the realization of career goals.

The program provides technical experiences in the creation of digital moving images, electronic journalism, audio technology, as well as the fundamentals of researching, reporting, and writing, across many media platforms. The project-based curriculum is structured to develop creative capacities in both individual and group work, foster critical thinking, and cultural awareness, helping to prepare students to live in today’s multi-faceted society.


Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
9 credits from the following
COMS 4 Oral Communication  3
COMS 110 Communication Theory 3
COMS 120 Interpersonal Comm. & Gender 3
COMS 121 Creative Problem Solving 3
COMS 122 Social Media & Analytics 3
COMS 130 Research Methodologies in Communications Studies 3
COMS 131 Business Comm. for Entrepreneurs  3
COMS 111 Capstone Development  3
COMS 132 Communication Capstone II  3
 Electives (12 credits)  
COMS 132 Dynamical Systems and Cooperacy Building 3
COMS 133 Instropection and Emotional Intelligence 3
COMS 135/JOU 145 Strategic Marketing & Public Relations 3
COMS 137 Rhetorical Criticism and Presentation Skills  3
COMS 138 Persuasion and Social Influence  3
COMS 139 Advanced Presentation Skills  3
COMS 143/MKT 333 Advertising and Marketing Communication 3
COMS 145 Intercultural Communication  3
COMS 146 Nonverbal Communication and Social Media  3
COMS 150 Group Dynamics  3
COMS 151 Conflict Resolution and Interviewing Strategies  3
COMS 153 Creative Listening  3
COMS 154 Organizational Communication  3
COMS 155  Political Rhetoric in American Life  3
COMS 156  Voice and Diction  3
COMS 157 The Art of Narration 3
COMS 158 Oral Interpretation Performance Aesthetics 3
COMS 160/MKT 335 Digital Marketing  3
COMS 161/MKT 350 Brand Marketing  3
COMS 162/JOU 143 Visual Communication  3
COMS 164/MKT 342 Social Media Marketing 3
COMS 165/MKT 350 Brand Marketing  3
COMS 194, 1 - 8  Forensics Practicum 
COMS 195/196 Communications Studies, Honors Study  3
COMS 199 Communication Internship  3
COMS 200  Series - Special Topics  3
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Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3


Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 21
Total Core Requirement Credits 34-35
Electives 64
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3