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Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

The Communication major is an interdisciplinary program combining courses in Communication and Philosophy. The major is designed to take a broad-based, humanities-centered view of the symbolic ways humans create meaning. The program will focus on the development of skills as students learn to work with various communication tools to improve their own ability to interact effectively with others. Students will also increase their critical awareness as they study the structure, patterns, and effects of communication on both themselves and society. Communication majors go on to graduate and professional schools, work as teachers, writers, and social activists, or work in a variety of fields utilizing a liberal arts education including human resources, media, advertising, public relations, politics, and many other fields.

Students majoring in Communication must complete a minimum of 9 courses (36 credits) in the areas specified below. An average of C or higher must be earned in courses counted toward the major. Communication majors may count three courses used for the major toward a minor in Philosophy; however, credits may not be counted twice.

Language Requirement

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

36 credits

To be admitted to the major, the student must have completed IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175 with an average of C or higher in those two courses. If the grade requirements are met, a Communication advisor will sign the Declaration of Major form that formally admits the student to the major. The application for formal admission to the Communication major typically occurs by the end of the sophomore year. At the time of declaration, the student must select either the Communication Studies Option or the Philosophy Option.

Introductory Courses

8 credits

IHCOMM 171 Public Speaking
COMM 175 Introduction to Communication Studies

Research Methods

4 credits

Select one research Methods course:

  • COMM 472 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • COMM 473 Rhetorical Criticism
  • PHIL 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust
  • PHIL 370 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 406 Existentialism and Film


4 credits

Select one Ethics course:

  • COMM 220 Ethics in Communication
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics

Electives in the Major

8 credits

Select two of the following courses from different areas (Communication, Philosophy or II). At least one course must be at the 300 or 400 level.

  • COMM 240 Visual Communication
  • COMM 250 Children and the Media
  • COMM 275 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 278 Group Interaction
  • COMM 290 Special Topics
  • COMM 371 Speech Writing
  • COMM 372 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 375 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMM 378 Persuasion
  • COMM 379 Internship
  • COMM 472 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • COMM 473 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 478 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 490 Advanced Special Topics
  • COMM 495 Seminar
  • PHIL 231 Comparative Religion
  • PHIL 240 Skin, Sex, and Genes
  • PHIL 260 Theories of the Body
  • PHIL 280 Knowledge and Reality
  • PHIL 290 Special Topics
  • PHIL 304 American Philosophy
  • PHIL 306 Existentialism and Literature
  • PHIL 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust
  • PHIL 350 Aesthetics
  • PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 370 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 406 Existentialism and Film
  • PHIL 490 Advanced Special Topics
  • II 310 Love and Existentialism

Sequence Courses

12 credits

Communication Studies Option

IHPHIL 100 Logical Argumentation
COMM 376 Theory of Communication and Rhetoric
COMM 479 Senior Project

Philosophy Option

IHPHIL 100 Logical Argumentation
PHIL 350 Aesthetics or PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
COMM 479 Senior Project


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree

Degree Requirements

120 credits