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2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 26, 2019
2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

Requirements for a Major in Communication Studies

1. 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.

B.S. Cognate

The B.S. cognate for communication studies 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:

3. Emphasis Area Credits **

(At least 12 credits)

Any of the following approved courses in the other School of Communications major programs:

Suggested Pattern of Coursework

This option assumes students will complete the required skills, general education, and cognate courses.

First Year:

Second Year:

Third Year:

  • COM 2XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • 1 class emphasis area
  • 1 class emphasis area

Fourth Year:

Communication Studies Program Description

Click here for the program description.