2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Communication Studies (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Joshua Westwick, Interim Department Head
Department of Communication Studies
Pugsley Center 115, Box 2218
E-mail: joshua.westwick@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

A major in Communication Studies prepares students to understand the central role that communication plays in people’s lives. Graduates of this program will receive the training, expertise and background that will promote professional success in a wide variety of career areas where communication is a critical requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates in Communication Studies will be able to:

  • appropriately analyze and adapt oral and written messages that are effective, clear, and persuasive, given the audience and occasion.
  • demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic and social relationships.
  • critically evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages in differing social and cultural contexts in order to assess their effectiveness and ethical implications.
  • demonstrate comprehension of concepts relative to the theory and criticism of human communication.
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively gather information, research and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives.

Academic Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all major courses.

Course Delivery Format

A wide range of course formats are available in this major including, lectures, laboratory, small group, seminar, interactive and collaborative partnerships.

Requirements for Communication Studies Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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