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Grand Valley State University    
  Mar 22, 2018
2017-2018 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: 12

All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of twelve 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. Degree

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. degree requirement or the B.S. degree requirement intended for a particular undergraduate program. 

B.A. Degree Requirement

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

B.S. Degree Requirement

The B.S. degree requirement for communication studies:

2. Communication Studies Core

At least 24 credits

At least 18 unduplicated credits from the following communication studies courses (courses with the COM prefix), at least 12 credits of which must be at the 300-level or above:

3. Elective Credits **

At least nine 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 3/4XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • COM 3/4XX
  • 1 class emphasis area

Fourth Year:

Communication Studies Program Description

Click here for the program description.