Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
COS 120Exploring Human Communication3
COS 220Communication Theory3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
Select one of the following presentational skills courses:3
Public Speaking
Business Communication
Select one of the following digital skills courses:3
Web Lab
Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
Visual Design
Graphic Design for Strategic Communication
Select 9 credits from the following for the Public Advocacy Track:9
Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (Must complete 3 credit hours)
Advanced Oral Advocacy
The Power of Dialogue
Small Group Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Conflict Management
Political Communication
Organizing for Action
Argumentation and Critical Thinking
Persuasion
Words that Shaped the World
Presidential Debates
Majors in Communication Studies - Public Advocacy Track must select one of the following options: Applied Communication or Research & Theory 12
Applied Communication Option
Writing for Communication Studies
Speech Writing
Applied Communication Research Methods
6 credits of additional COS electives chosen with department advisor
Research and Theory Option
Writing for Communication Studies
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Communication Research Methods and Analyses
3 credits of additional COS electives chosen with department advisor
Additional Requirements 1,2
ENG 105 & ENG 1066
MTH 113 or JMM 285 or STC 1033
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor, Second Major and Electives57
Total Credit Hours120

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from your major, minor and/or second major, and electives. 

Suggested Plan of Study (Applied Option)

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
COS 220 Communication Theory 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 120 Exploring Human Communication 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
COS 211 or 333 Public Speaking
or Business Communication
3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Web Lab  
Introduction to Digital Filmmaking  
Visual Design  
Graphic Design for Strategic Communication  
COS Elective at the 300 level or above 3
COS Elective at the 300 level or above 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (Must take 3 times)  
Advanced Oral Advocacy  
The Power of Dialogue  
Small Group Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
Conflict Management  
Political Communication  
Organizing for Action  
Argumentation and Critical Thinking  
Persuasion  
Words that Shaped the World  
Presidential Debates  
Engaged Communication  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 210 or 360 Writing for Communication Studies
or Speech Writing
3
Select one of the following: 3
Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (Must take 3 times)  
Advanced Oral Advocacy  
The Power of Dialogue  
Small Group Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
Conflict Management  
Political Communication  
Organizing for Action  
Argumentation and Critical Thinking  
Words that Shaped the World  
Presidential Debates  
Engaged Communication  
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
COS 355 Applied Communication Research Methods 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (Must take 3 times)  
Advanced Oral Advocacy  
The Power of Dialogue  
Small Group Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
Conflict Management  
Political Communication  
Organizing for Action  
Argumentation and Critical Thinking  
Persuasion  
Words that Shaped the World  
Presidential Debates  
Engaged Communication  
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
Minor or Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120