Jun 26, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Communication Studies - BA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

Bradford 'J' Hall, Main 204, (435) 797-8757, brad.hall@usu.edu

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •   and   fulfill a Breadth Humanities (BHU) requirement
  • CMST 3250 , CMST 3400  and CMST 5100  will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS). A Speech DSS course will not satisfy this requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. 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).
  4. 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:

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

Course Requirements

Minimum Departmental Requirements
Total Credits:

  Communication Studies Major 33
  Organizational Communication Minor 15
  Speech Communication Teaching Minor 19
Grade Point Average to Declare a Major or Minor 2.75 Career GPA
Overall Grade Point Average to Graduate 2.0 Career GPA
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  


Communication Studies Major (33 credits) (2.5 GPA) (C- or better required for all major classes)

As many as 16 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. Senior Year Capstone Course (3 credits)

This course, which is offered spring semester only, must be taken during the student’s senior year.

C. 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:

D. Elective Courses (3 credits)

Any course listed above in section C, Thematic Area Courses (or those listed below) may serve as an elective.


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

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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