Academics & Advising

Your Course of Study

The Communication Studies major is designed to help you hone your understanding of and practice in oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic, and computer-mediated communication. And that’s just the start. You’ll graduate knowing how to argue, persuade, discern, analyze, influence, synthesize, and deliberate. There are four specific class type that will lead you down this path:

1. Core Classes (15 credits): 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 (27 credits): 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 (18 credits): 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 (3 credits): 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.

You will also be required to minor in a subject from any college across the university, or complete a second major/interdisciplinary certificate. The department also offers two interdisciplinary minors that are open to majors from outside the department: media studies and film studies.

Ensuring Your Academic Success

Your Academic Success Coordinator plays an instrumental role in helping you shape your course of study at CSU, advocating for your needs, and connecting you with resources and opportunities across campus. You will meet your ASC during Orientation and prior to registration each subsequent semester. Take advantage of their guidance and wisdom. Use them as a soundboard for your dreams and ideas. Their passion for your success is real.