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Charles Wiley, retired journalist, discussed how to understand and identify media bias in the CMST 301 class.

A highly qualified Communication Studies faculty works with students to design a program of study that best meets the needs of individual students.  Students learn:

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 semester hours in the same foreign language or demonstration of proficiency at that level of study.

In order to enroll for any communications internship, a student must have an overall grade point average of 2.5, a GPA of 3.0 in major coursework, have completed 84 hours, and have completed 24 hours in the major including all 100-200 level courses.

For an internship, the student must seek permission of the communications faculty and have second semester junior standing. A communications internship is highly recommended and a minor in business administration is recommended for certain career goals. 

Students must earn a grade of C or better in any course applied toward any major or minor in the Department of Communications.

University Core CurriculumDownload Checksheet for the University Core Curriculum

In addition to the departmental degree requirements, a minimum of 50 hours in the University Core Curriculum must be met.


Major in Communication Studies (B.A. or B.S.)

36 semester hours

Required courses ~15 hours:

Elective Courses ~ 21 hours of any CMST coursework:

* These are University Core Curriculum courses. A maximum of six hours may count in both venues—the core and the major.

At least 21 hours in the majors must be at the 300-400 level.  For directed electives, no more than six hours may be taken from a combination of CMST 400 & 498.  For an internship, the student must seek permission of the Communications faculty and have second semester junior standing. Some upper level CMST courses are offered biennially.


Minor - Communication Studies

21 semester hours

Required courses ~15 hours:

Elective Courses ~ 6 hours as directed by advisor

At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be at the 300-400 level.