Jun 17, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
  
2019-2020 General Catalog

Communication Studies - BA, BS


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  • For more information about Communication Studies, please see the Languages, Philosophy & Communication Studies website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that this plan is only a general guideline and that student-specific plans may differ.   * Please make sure to consult regularly with your departmental advisor to confirm what courses will be available and to work out your plan of study.

  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and logon to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

Bachelor of Science Degree

Students desiring a (BS) Bachelor of Science degree must complete all requirements listed in the sample four-year plan below:

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students desiring a (BA) Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the language proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:     * (in addition to the (BS) Bachelor of Science degree requirements)

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent)  OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of American Sign Language IV (COMD 4920) and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Deafness (COMD 4780), and by passing an exit interview  OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent)  OR
  • Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.
     

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  • Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students  OR
  • TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link

NOTES:  highest Math Requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL)  course of student's choice

NOTES: A Minor or additional Major must also be completed to complete all requirements for this Major.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 3.00 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     CMST 1020: Public Speaking (BHU)    3    
Breadth Requirement 3   Quantitative Literacy (QL)   3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Elective Course 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

CMST 2110: Interpersonal Communication (BHU/HR)   3     Thematic Area Course 3  
ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     Thematic Area Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Depth Social Sciences (DSS)   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

Upper Division Thematic Area Course 3   Upper Division Thematic Area Course 3  
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)   3   Upper Division Thematic Area Course 3  
Upper Division CMST Elective Course 3   Quantitative Intensive (QI)   3  
Elective Course 3   Upper Division Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

Upper Division Research Study Course 3   CMST 5800: Communication Studies Senior Capstone (CI)   2    
Upper Division Thematic Area Course 3   Upper Division Advanced Study Course 3  
Upper Division Study of Communication Course 3   Upper Division Elective Course 3  
Upper Division Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Upper Division Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 14  

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Course Requirements


Minimum Departmental Requirements

Total Credits:

Communication Studies Major 38
Organizational Communication Minor 15
Speech Communication Teaching Minor 29

Grade Point Average to Graduate in Major or Minor Classes

2.5 GPA

A minimum of half (50 percent) of major credits must be completed through USU and be approved by the department head

No more than 9 credit hours of the Communication Studies major can overlap with an additional declared major.

 

 

Communication Studies Major (38 credits) (2.5 GPA required in major classes to graduate)


As many as 19 credits completed at other colleges or universities may be used to partially satisfy these requirements. For more information, students should contact their advisor. Students must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in all classes applied toward the major.

B. Thematic Area Courses (21 credits)


Students must take at least 9 credit hours from 1 of the three thematic areas and a minimum of 6 credit hours from the other two thematic areas:

C. Study of Communication Courses (6 credits)


Students must take at least one of the following three courses. Students should have completed at least nine major credit hours before enrolling in any of the following research or advanced study courses:

D. Senior Year Capstone Course (2 credits)


This course must be taken during the student's senior year.

E. Elective Courses (3 credits)


Any course listed in section B or C, may serve as an elective. In addition courses listed below may also serve as an elective.

Note:

1 Internship project and number of credits must be approved by an advisor.

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