Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
COS 110Communication Theory3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
COS 112Interpersonal Communication3
COS 210Writing for Communication Studies3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Web Lab
Visual Design
Graphic Design for Strategic Communication
Public Advocacy Concentration Courses
COS 211Public Speaking3
COS 311Advanced Oral Advocacy3
or COS 330 Conflict Management
COS 472Persuasion3
Select One Course:3
Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice (Must complete 3 credit hours)
The Power of Dialogue
Argumentation And Critical Thinking
Select 3 elective credit hours in Communication Studies with prior approval of a Communication Studies advisor.3
Other Required Courses
Students majoring in Communication Studies - Public Advocacy Concentration must complete the following courses:9
Qualitative Research Methods
Critical Research In Communication
Organizing for Action
Capstone In Engaged Communication Studies
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 Electives54
Total Credit Hours120
1

School of Communication students are required to complete a minimum of a minor (inside or outside of the school) in addition to their Communication major to graduate. For an optional 2nd major, please see your advisor. 

2

School of Communication students must complete 6 credits of English Composition unless exempt based on SAT/ACT score or AP/IB exam, 3-6 credits of Mathematics, University Cognates and the Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Proficiency requirement. 

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

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
COS 110 Communication Theory 3
COS 112 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 210 Writing for Communication Studies 3
COS 211 Public Speaking 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
COS 311 Advanced Oral Advocacy 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Web Lab  
Visual Design  
Graphic Design for Strategic Communication  
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
COS 377 Argumentation And Critical Thinking 3
COS 472 Persuasion 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
300 Level Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
The Power of Dialogue  
Small Group Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
Political Communication  
Words that Shaped the World  
Presidential Debates  
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
300 Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
COS 351 or 352 Qualitative Research Methods
or Critical Research In Communication
3
COS 354 Organizing for Action 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
Minor or 2nd Major Course 3
300 Level Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
COS 477 Capstone In Engaged Communication Studies 3
Minor or 2nd Major 3
Minor or 2nd Major 3
300 Level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120