BA in Communication Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is recommended for students who want to develop a broad understanding of how humans communicate, how technologies extend and alter our communication abilities and practices, and how our basic ability to communicate allows us to weave a powerful web between and within individuals, cultures and organizations. Students have the opportunity to pursue communication as it relates to a variety of career fields.

Learning outcomes for this program include:

  1. Students are able, individually or in teams, to produce novice research projects about communication in at least one tradition of Communication research.
  2. Students are able to use one or more theories of communication (from social science, rhetoric, or critical/cultural) to explain and/or interpret human behavior.

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Note: CMJ courses must obtain a C- or better to count toward the major; WI = Writing Intensive; SL = Service Learning

Core Course Requirements: 3 courses (9 credits)

CMJ 201 Rhetorical Theory
CMJ 202 Communication Theory
CMJ 485 Capstone Seminar in Communication (WI)

Major Course Requirements: 7 courses (21 credits) from the following list of CMJ courses

Note: No more than 1 of CMJ 102/103/106/107

CMJ 102 Interpersonal Communication
CMJ 103 Public Speaking
CMJ 106 Storytelling
CMJ 107 Communication & the Environment


CMJ 225 Sex, Gender, and Communication
CMJ 257 Business and Professional Communication
CMJ 324 Interpersonal Communication in Everyday Life
CMJ 345 Small Group Communication
CMJ 347 Argument and Critical Thinking (WI)
CMJ 360 Nonverbal Communication
CMJ 366 Speech Play and Performance
CMJ 367 Public Relations
CMJ 370 Visual Communication
CMJ 393 Topics in Communication
CMJ 401 Speech, Space, Event: Critical Applications (WI)
CMJ 402 Communication Research
CMJ 403 Persuasion and Social Influence
CMJ 404 Risk Communication
CMJ 405 Gender and Communication
CMJ 407 Environmental Communication (Service Learning)
CMJ 420 Health Communication
CMJ 425 Health Campaigns (Service Learning)
CMJ 430 Intercultural Communication
CMJ 450 Communication and Technology
CMJ 466 Narrative, Performance, and Social Change (WI, SL)
CMJ 470 Communication in Organizations (WI)
CMJ 475 Sexualities in Mass Communication
CMJ 493 Topics in Communication
CMJ 495 Internship
CMJ 500+ Requires department approval

Note: Only one 100-level course may count toward the major in Communication.

External Requirements

For all undergraduate majors in Communication, Journalism, and Media Studies: A total of 9 credits in the areas of Writing and Language, with at least 3 credits in each of the two areas (take 6 credits from one area; 3 credits from the other).

  • Writing Area: ENG 205, ENG 206, ENG 212, ENG 301, ENG 317, ENG 415, ENG 416, ENG 418 (CMJ 136 may count here if not used to fill a major requirement)
  • Language Area: French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language.