B.A. in Communication Studies

College of Arts and Humanities
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Language/Culture Requirements
Demonstrating language proficiency through the intermediate level (202) or demonstrating language proficiency through the elementary II (102) level of a language and further acquiring a cultural foundation.3-15
Major Requirements 1
COM 204Interpersonal Communication3
COM 212Mass Communication3
COM 216Small Group Communication3
COM 219Communication Theory3
COM 224Communication Research 13
SPK 208Public Speaking 23
Three of the required lower-division courses COM 219, COM 224 (or HON 313), and SPK 208 (or HON 211) are prerequisites for all upper division communication study courses. In addition, COM 216 is a prerequisite for COM 304. Also, SPK 208 must be taken to satisfy the general education communication requirement.
Upper-division Courses
Students will work with their advisers to select seven appropriate courses at the 300 and/or 400 level from the listing of department courses. Students can choose to take upper-division courses in one of the following three areas of specialization: interpersonal and intercultural communication; mass media and public relations; and rhetoric and public communications. COM 400 may not be used to satisfy the upper-division course requirements.21
Student Electives
Course selected in consultation with adviser to meet career objectives (can include a selected minor)21-24
Total Minimum Credits Required120

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
SPK 208 Public Speaking 3
COM 219 Communication Theory 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Language 101 3
Gen Ed Distribute 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
COM 224 Communication Research 3
COM 204
Interpersonal Communication
or Small Group Communication
or Mass Communication
3
MAT 103 Introduction to Mathematics (or higher) 3
Language 102 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
Choose two COM courses: 6
Interpersonal Communication
or Small Group Communication
or Mass Communication
 
Language 201 or Language Culture Cluster 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Gen Ed Distributive or Writing Emphasis 3
Apply for formal admission to Communication and Media  
 Credits15
Semester Four
Language 202 or language culture cluster 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Diversity or Interdisciplinary 3
Writing Emphasis 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
COM upper 3
COM upper 3
Language culture cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary (choose 1) 3
Gen Ed Distributive or Elective 3
Applied Area (minor) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
COM upper 3
COM upper 3
Language Culture Cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary (choose 1) 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Applied Area (Minor) 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
COM upper 3
COM upper & writing emphasis 3
Language culture cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary 3
Applied Area (Minor) 3
Applied Area (Minor) 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
COM upper 3
Gen Ed Distributive or Elective 3
Applied Area (Minor) 3
Applied Area (Minor) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120