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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies

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Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Prerequisite Knowledge. Majors must complete a public speaking requirement as specified below. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

  • Speaker-Audience Communication.  Satisfied by COMS 130 or COMS 131 or exemption.

Communication Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following core areas:

Communication Studies Required Electives. Majors must complete 12 additional hours of COMS courses selected from COMS 104 and/or COMS 200-level courses or above.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for communication studies.

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