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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies Major, BA

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The communication studies major begins with a traditional liberal arts perspective, infuses an international/intercultural perspective, and then focuses on practical application of communication knowledge and skill. The major is intended for students who wish to be at home in a wide range of situations and cultures and who value the role of communication in creating effective relationships locally and globally. The major is also an effective foundation for advanced study (academic or professional). Students must complete the two communication foundation courses (COM 201 and COM 207) with an overall average of B, in order to graduate from the major.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand multiple theoretical perspectives and diverse (including Western, Eastern, and others) intellectual underpinnings of communication.
  • Understand the principles of human dialogue together with competency in creating and sustaining that dialogue.
  • Demonstrate competency in presentation, preferably in more than one form.
  • Demonstrate competency in construction and analysis of persuasive discourse intended to influence beliefs, attitudes, values, and practices.
  • Demonstrate competency in systematic inquiry in the analysis of communication systems and processes (the process of asking questions and systematically attempting to answer them, and understanding the limitations of the conclusion reached).

Communication Foundation Core Requirements

Total Communication Foundation Core Credits: 10

Total Required Course Credits: 45

Collaboration Requirement - minimum of 4 credits

Students are required to take at least one upper division course (300 level or above) in a department outside the Communication Department. Collaboration course must be approved by major advisor.

Specialization or Study Abroad

Study Abroad Option

Twelve (12) pre-approved credits from CWU or participating international institution.


Non-Study Abroad Specialization Option

Twelve (12) pre-approved credits: You must take at least eight (8) credits from Intercultural/International Communication or at least eight (8) credits from Organizational Communication.

Intercultural and International Communication

Specialization or Study Abroad Total Credits: 12

Department-approved upper-division electives in COM Credits: 4

May include COM 315.

Total Credits: 75

College and Department Information

Communication Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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