Degree Requirements: CMST Major

Majors in Communication Studies must complete at least 120 hours including a minimum of 36 semester hours of approved electives in the department. At least 12 of these hours must be numbered 3000 or above. Students should contact the undergraduate advisor to decide on a program of approved electives. 

The scholastic expectations and recommended degree path in Communication Studies can be found here. Begin by selecting the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Communication Studies Core Courses and Electives (30 hours minimum)

  • Core Courses (12 hours)
    • CMST 2060
    • CMST 2010 or 2064
    • CMST 2040
    • CMST 1150
  • Elective Courses (24 hours)
    • At least 12 hours numbered 3000 or above
    • No more than 37 hours in CMST can be counted toward degree
    • No more than 6 hours of Independent Study can be counted towards degree

Computer Literacy Requirement (1 hour credit)

  • LIS 1000

Laboratory Requirement

  • The department requires that the two course sequence in natural science be accompanied by two hours of corresponding labs.
  • If a two course natural science sequence is taken in the physical sciences, the three hour natural science course must be from the life sciences, and vice versa.

Curriculum for 2017-2018

  Freshman Year (29-31 Sem. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1001 English Composition (3) or ENGL 1004 English Composition (3)
  •  Foreign language courses (8-10)
  • CMST 1150 Introduction to Communication Studies (3)
  • CMST 2060 Public Speaking (3)
  • General education analytical reasoning course (from mathematics department) (3)
  • General education natural sciences course sequence (6)
  • Labs corresponding to science sequence (2)
  • LIS 1001 Library Research Methods and Materials (1)

 Sophomore Year (29-27 Sem. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
  • Foreign language course (8-6)
  • General education analytical reasoning course (3)
  • General education natural sciences course (3) *
  • CMST 2040 Introduction to Performing Literature (3)
  •  CMST 2010 Interpersonal Communication (3) or
  • CMST 2064 Small Group Communication (3)
  •  Electives (6)

 Junior Year (32 Sem. Hrs.)

  • Approved departmental electives (12)
  • General education humanities courses (6)
  • General education social sciences course (3)
  • General education social sciences course (2000 level or above) (3)
  • Electives (8)

 Senior Year (30 Sem. Hrs.)

  • Approved departmental electives (12)
  • General education arts course (3)
  • General education humanities course (3)
  • Electives (12)