Major and Minor Requirements

Declaration of Major or Minor

Most students declare a major in the spring of their sophomore year and should earn at least fifty-five hours prior to the following fall term.

  • Students will be notified via email by the Department how and when to sign up for the major and advising The Department orientation meeting is required for new majors to become acquainted with the Department’s procedures and programs.
  • Students declaring a major after the two week spring declaration and advising period should secure a declaration of major form by downloading it from the University’s web site or picking it up from the Registrar’s office. Complete and submit to the Department Administrative Coordinator.
  • Students who plan to double major MUST indicate to the Registrar which major is the FIRST major.
  • Communication minors are not required to attend the spring orientation, but attendance is recommended.

Communication Major

    • 30 hours, at least 12 of which must be at the 300-level
    • Students should begin their study of Communication with these required courses for the major:
      • COM 110 Public Speaking OR COM 102 Debate and Advocacy
      • COM 220 Empirical Research in Communication
      • COM 225 Historical/Critical Research in Communication

Overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all communication courses attempted is required for graduation.

Communication majors who want to declare a concentration must successfully complete
five courses within one of the following areas:

Students may also opt to choose courses across the concentration as a general
communication major.
Students declaring a concentration must do so prior to the beginning of their final
Students may declare two concentrations within the department. The major course
requirements remain in effect for those students, and they must take a minimum of
eighteen hours at the 300-level. Students may not count courses used to meet the
required five courses within a particular concentration to fulfill requirements for a second
A list of courses approved to fulfill the concentrations is maintained by the
Communication Department.

No student may take more than a total of six hours in COM 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, and
285 combined and only three hours may count toward a major in communication.

Communication Minor

    • Requires eighteen hours, must complete a minimum of 6 hours, 300-level

      • COM 110 OR COM 102
      • COM 220 OR COM 225

Overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all communication courses
attempted is required for graduation.

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