Undergraduate Studies

Welcome to the Communication Studies Major.

student_smilingWe believe that studying and practicing communication holds tremendous value. Communication stands as a cornerstone of our experience and is central to our lives as friends, family members, workers, and citizens. Working across media and visual culture, relational and organizational communication, and rhetoric and civic engagement, our majors are prepared for personal and public success.

What will I study?

The Communication Studies curriculum gives students a strong foundation in the three areas of our department: Media and Visual Culture, and Relational and Organizational Studies, and Rhetoric and Civic Engagement. Throughout our curriculum, students hone their skills in the many facets of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic, and computer-mediated communication. There are four specific class types that students must take to complete their major:

1. Core Classes: Students are introduced to the major through five course classes:

* SPCM 100, Communication and Pop Culture

* SPCM 130, Relational and Organizational Communication

* SPCM 200, Public Speaking

* SPCM 201, Rhetoric and Western Thought

* SPCM 207, Public Argumentation

2. Communication Studies Elective Classes: Beyond the required core courses, students take a variety of elective courses from across our three areas. Some students choose to focus on a particular area of study while others develop a plan of study that is more broad. The choice is up to each student.

3. Classes Outside the Department: All students are required to take courses in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and history, AND complete a minor/second major/or interdisciplinary certificate.

4. Capstone: Before graduation, students take SPCM 479 which asks them to reflect on the various concepts they have engaged with throughout their time as a Communication Studies major.

Who will I study with?


Our teachers are amazing! Department of Communication Studies faculty care deeply about students and passionately foster critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Our faculty consistently win university teaching awards and are recognized as national and international experts for their excellent scholarship and service. Tenured and tenure track faculty teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students while our specialty faculty teach undergraduate students. Get to know our faculty here.

What will I do?

When you’re not studying, taking classes, working to put yourself through school, or relaxing with friends or on a bike ride, take advantage of the department and CSU’s diverse lineup of student activities. You’ll never regret making the most of your time by joining activities that speak to you.


Communication Studies Opportunities

  • Center for Public Deliberation
  • ACT Human Rights Film Festival
  • Communication Studies Club
  • Internships

College of Liberal Arts Opportunities

  • Dean’s Leadership Council
  • College of Liberal Arts Ambassadors

CSU Opportunities

  • Rocky Mountain Student Media
  • Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE)
  • Associated Students of Colorado State University Campus Activities
  • Education Abroad – Summer 2017 Communication In Rome
  • Campus Recreation


Media Studies Minor – Offered jointly with the Dept. of Journalism, Media and Communication

Film Studies Interdisciplinary Minor



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