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Grand Valley State University    
  May 20, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Requirements for a Major in Communication Studies

School of Communications Core Credits: 9

All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of nine credits:

Capstone Requirement:

All students majoring in the School of Communications must take COM 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in communication.

B.A. and B.S. Cognates

All undergraduate programs in the School of Communications offer both the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree. All students selecting majors in the School of Communications must choose either the B.A. cognate or the B.S. cognate that is intended for a particular undergraduate program.

B.A. Cognate

The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the student’s choice.

For Communication Studies, the B.S. cognate is:

2. Communication Studies Core

(at least 21 credits)

At least 15 unduplicated credits from the following Communication Studies courses (courses with the COM prefix), at least 9 credits of which must be at the 300 level or above:

Can include more than one COM 380. Can include no more than 3 credits in COM 399, and no more than 3 credits in COM 490.

3. Emphasis Area Credits **

(at least 12 credits)

Any of the following approved courses in the other School of Communications Major Programs:

Advertising and Public Relations:



 Film and Video Production:



Health Communications:

** Courses cannot count for both Emphasis Area and COM Studies Core credits (no double-dip). COM prefix courses not otherwise applied to the major may be eligible for substitution as emphasis area course credits, pending advisor approval. Other Emphasis Area courses may qualify for application to the major but may not be listed. See your advisor.

Communication Studies Program Description

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