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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation


Other Key Courses

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Complete COMS 130 (unless the student has received a waiver or, in the case of transfer students, completed an equivalent course).

Complete at least 3 of these courses: COMS 104, COMS 235, COMS 244, COMS 246, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 331, COMS 332, or equivalent courses at another university, college or community college.

Grade-Point Average Requirements

Earn a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 or higher in COMS 130 and the courses completed from the list above. If a student has taken more than 3 of the courses above in the semester in which the fourth COMS course is completed, all the grades received in these courses (COMS 104, COMS 235, COMS 244, COMS 246, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 331, COMS 332) are computed in the grade-point average for admission consideration. Grades in other COMS courses are not considered for admission to the major. KU’s course repeat policy applies to grade-point average calculation.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which admission requirements will be completed. If a student does not meet established admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in the term stated above, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and curriculum) and the final admission deadline.

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

Core Requirements 9 hours

Complete each of the following:

  • COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (unless the student has received a waiver or, in the case of transfer students, completed an equivalent course) (3)
  • COMS 235 Introduction to Rhetoric and Social Influence (3)
  • COMS 356 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods in Communication (3)
Communication Theory 6 hours

Choose 2 of the following: (6)

  • COMS 244 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Theory
  • COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 310 Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • COMS 320 Communication on the Internet
  • COMS 332 The Rhetorical Tradition
Communication Skill 6 hours

Choose 1 of the following: (3)

Communication Electives 12 hours

Minimum Major Requirements

33 hours

Certain course selections may increase the total major hours. Within the total minimum major hours, 12 hours must be in junior/senior-level courses.

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