Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts (792P, 792)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/communication

Program Coordinator

Blair C. Thompson, blair.thompson@wku.edu, (270) 745-5414

The Communication Studies major provides students a platform for understanding the diverse ways communication creates, maintains, and transforms relationships, organizations, institutions, and society. In preparing students to communicate across an ever-changing communication landscape, the major's core courses ensure students learn how communication functions across foundational areas of discipline. Electives are organized so that students may tailor their plans of study to meet specific personal and career goals.

Specific objectives of the Communication Studies major:

  • To develop competencies in analyzing communication studies;
  • To construct and present messages appropriately adapted to specific contexts and audiences;
  • To develop the communication skills essential to complementing careers in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, business, law, politics, healthcare, social work, religious ministries, and teaching.

Program Requirements (36 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to enter the major in Communication Studies initially are admitted as majors seeking admission (reference 792P). Prospective majors may take no more that 15 hours in the major before admission. Student must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.3;
  3. Completion of COMM 200 with a grade of "C" or better.

All courses within the major must be completed with a "C" or better. One-half of the hours in the major must be at the 300 or 400 level.

The following Communication Studies Core courses are required:
COMM 200Communication Foundations3
COMM 345Advanced Public Speaking3
or COMM 346 Persuasion
COMM 348Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 362Organizational Communication3
COMM 365Intercultural Communication3
Select one course from the Advanced Study in Communication category: 13
Health Communication
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Family Communication
Communication in the Digital Age
Advanced Intercultural Communication
Select four courses from the Communication in Context category: 212
Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
Advertising in a Digital World
Fundamentals of Public Relations
Sport Communication
Interracial Communication
Crisis Communication
Gender Communication
Seminar in Political Communication
Health Communication
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Family Communication
Communication in the Digital Age
Advanced Intercultural Communication
Select two courses from the Communication Skills and Applications category: 26
Software Studio
Intro Digital Texts and Media
Introduction to Digital Texts and Media
Effective Listening
Argumentation and Debate
Voice and Diction
Organizational Interviewing
Introduction to Communication Research Methods
Research Design in Political Science
Social Research Methods
Leadership Communication
Advanced Public Speaking
Small Group Communication
Total Hours36

With departmental approval, students may opt to substitute one of the following courses in fulfillment of a Communication Studies elective: COMM 400, COMM 415, COMM 489, or COMM 495.  A minor, certificate, or second major outside of the department is required; neither the Communication Studies minor nor the Corporate and Organizational Communication major may be used to fulfill this requirement.  

Finish in Four Plan - Communication Studies (792)

First Year
COMM 1453ENG 1003
MATH 1093PS 110 or SOCL 100 (OR other Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
World Lanuage, if needed OR General Elective3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences w/lab3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences 3World Language, if needed OR General Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
COMM 2003COMM 3483
ENG 200 or RELS 2003COMM Skills & Apps Elective3
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)3
2nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course32nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
COMM 3653COMM 3623
COMM in Context Elective3COMM in Context Elective3
2nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course32nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)32nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
COMM 345 or COMM 3463COMM Adv. Study Elective3
COMM in Context Elective3COMM in Context Elective3
COMM Skills & Apps Elective32nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course3
2nd Major/Certificate/Minor Course3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours 120