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

 Honors College majors and minors may substitute HON 313.


  Honors College majors and minors may substitute HON 211.

Additional Notes

  1. A grade of C or better must be earned in a COM or SPK course in order for it to meet a department requirement. Also, a 2.5 average or better must be earned in the aggregate of lower- and upper-division courses before graduation will be recommended.
  2. To encourage B.A. in Communication Studies majors to develop communication competence that extends beyond oral communication, a grade of C or better is required in WRT 120 and the 200-level composition course (WRT 200, WRT 204, WRT 205, WRT 206, WRT 208, or WRT 220), and a grade of C- or better is required in the 202-level course in another language. If a major employs the culture cluster option to fulfill his/her language requirement, a C- or better is required in the 102 level of the language course and in each of the culture cluster courses.
  3. Students who exhaust their course repeat options and have not earned a grade of C or better in all the prerequisite communication courses will be advised that they will not be able to complete the requirements for a B.A. in communication studies. The department chair will offer an exit interview and help them to identify available alternatives.

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.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
SPK 208Public Speaking3
COM 219Communication Theory3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Language 1013
Gen Ed Distribute3
Semester Two
COM 224Communication Research3
COM 204, 216, or 212Interpersonal Communication3
MAT 103 (or higher)Introduction to Mathematics3
Language 1023
Gen Ed Distributive3
Year Two
Semester Three
Choose two COM courses:6
Interpersonal Communication 
Language 201 or Language Culture Cluster3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Gen Ed Distributive or Writing Emphasis3
Apply for formal admission to Communication Studies 
Semester Four
Language 202 or language culture cluster3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Diversity or Interdisciplinary 3
Writing Emphasis 3
Elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
COM upper3
COM upper3
Language culture cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary (choose 1)3
Gen Ed Distributive or Elective3
Applied Area (minor)3
Semester Six
COM upper3
COM upper3
Language Culture Cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary (choose 1)3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
Applied Area (Minor)3
Year Four
Semester Seven
COM upper3
COM upper & writing emphasis 3
Language culture cluster or Diversity or Interdisciplinary 3
Applied Area (Minor)3
Applied Area (Minor)3
Semester Eight
COM upper3
Gen Ed Distributive or Elective3
Applied Area (Minor)3
Applied Area (Minor)3
Elective 3