Communication Studies

What is communications studies?

The Bachelor of Arts in communication studies is a diverse curriculum focusing on communication theories, methods, and competencies in a variety of contexts, including rhetoric, public address, organizations, family, media, and theatre.

As a communication studies major, you will explore interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and mass media communication in ways that will strengthen and enhance your critical inquiry, problem-solving, and conversational skills, all of which are essential for career success.

The communication studies program is both theoretical and applied in nature making it the ideal program both for students interested in pursuing graduate education or looking for jobs in a variety of fields.

Communication skills are the number one set of skills employers seek in recent college graduates. Our communication studies program provides students with the oral, written, and critical thinking skills students need to be successful in a variety of contexts

Dr. Anna Carmon, director of communications studies program
  • Core communication
    • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr)
    • COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communications (3 cr)
  • Mathematics and analytical reasoning

    To fulfill the mathematics and analytical reasoning general education requirements, you must choose two courses from the list below. At least one course must be a college level math.

    • MATH 15300 Algebra and Trigonometry I (3 cr)
    • MATH 15400 Algebra and Trigonometry II (3 cr)
    • MATH 15900 Precalculus (5 cr)
    • MATH 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)
    • MATH 16600 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 cr)
    • MATH 22100 Calculus for Technology 1 (3 cr)
    • MATH 22200 Calculus for Technology 2 (3 cr)
    • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr)
    • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr)
    • CSCI-N 201 Programming Concepts (3 cr)
    • CSCI-N 207 Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets (3 cr)
    • ECON-E 280 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3 cr)
    • PHIL-P 265 Intro to Symbolic Logic (3 cr)
    Note: Other courses may be available to meet this requirement. Check with your academic advisor for more information.
  • Life and physical science

    To fulfill the life and physical science general education requirements, you must choose two courses from the list below. A course which includes a lab is recommended for one of the requirements. 

    • ANTH-A 103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr)
    • AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr)
    • AST-A 105 Stars and Galaxies (3 cr)
    • BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr)
    • BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr)
    • BIOL-N 100 Contemporary Biology (3 cr)
    • BIOL-N 108 Plants, Animals, and the Environment (3 cr)
    • BIOL-N 212 Human Biology I (3 cr)
    • BIOL-N 213 Human Biology I Lab (1cr)
    • BIOL-N 214 Human Biology II (3 cr)
    • BIOL-N 215 Human Biology II Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL-N 217 Human Physiology (5 cr)
    • BIOL-N 251 Microbiology (3 cr)
    • BIOL-N 261 Human Anatomy (5 cr)
    • CHEM-C 100 The World of Chemistry (3 cr)
    • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr)
    • CHEM-C 110 The Chemistry of Life (3 cr)
    • CHEM-C 115 Lab for Chemistry of Life (2 cr)
    • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Lab I (2 cr)
    • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr)
    • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr)
    • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr)
    • GEOL-G 107 Environmental Geology (3 cr)
    • GEOL-G 109 Fundamentals of Earth History (3 cr)
    • GEOL-G 110 Physical Geology (3 cr)
    • GEOL-G 115 Introduction to Oceanography (3 cr)
    • GEOL-G 119 Fundamentals of Earth History Lab (1 cr)
    • GEOL-G 120 Physical Geology Lab (1 cr)
    • PHYS 15200 Mechanics (4 cr)
    • PHYS 21800 General Physics I (4 cr)
    • PHYS 21900 General Physics II (4 cr)
    • PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity and Optics (5 cr)
    • PSY-B 105 Psychology as a Biological Science (3 cr)
    Note: Other courses may be available to meet this requirement. Check with your academic advisor for more information.
  • Cultural understanding

    To fulfill the cultural understanding general education requirements, you must choose one course from the list below.

    • ANTH-A 104 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
    • ASL-A 131 First Year American Sign Language I (4 cr)
    • ASL-A 132 First Year American Sign Language II (4 cr)
    • ASL-A 211 Second Year American Sign Language I (3 cr)
    • ASL-A 212 Second Year American Sign Language II (3 cr)
    • BUS-D 101 Introduction to International Relations (3cr)
    • EDUC-E 201 Multicultural Education and Global Awareness (3 cr)
    • PSY-B 203 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology (3 cr)
    • SPAN-S 131 First Year Spanish I (4 cr)
    • SPAN-S 132 First Year Spanish II (4 cr)
    • SWK-S 102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr)
    • TCEM-T 208 Tourism Geography (3 cr)
    • TCEM-T 234 Cultural Heritage Tourism (3 cr)
    Note: Other courses may be available to meet this requirement. Check with your academic advisor for more information.
  • Arts, humanities, and social science

    To fulfill the arts, humanities, and social science general education requirements, you must choose three courses from the list below with at least three credits in each area for a total of three courses.

    Arts and humanities

    • HER-H 100 Art Appreciation
    • HER-H 101 Beginning Drawing
    • COMM-T 130 Introduction to Theatre
    • ENG-L 115 Literature for Today
    • ENG-L 207 Woman and Literature
    • MUS-E 241 Intro to Music Fundamentals
    • MUS-Z 201 History of Rock and Roll
    • PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 120 Personal and Social Ethics
    • REL-R 133 Introduction to Religion
    • REL-R 212 Comparative Religions

    Social science

    • COMM-C 180 Interpersonal Communications
    • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • FOLK-F 101 Introduction to Folklore
    • GEOG-G 110 Introduction to Human Geography
    • HIST-H 105 American History I
    • HIST-H 105 American History II
    • HIST-H 108 Perspectives World to 1800
    • POLS-Y 101 Principles of Political Science
    • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics
    • POLS-Y 219 International Relations
    • SPEA-J 101 American Criminal Justice System
    • SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC-R 121 Social Problems
    Note: Other courses may be available to meet this requirement. Check with your academic advisor for more information.
  • Liberal arts general education requirements
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills or ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing
    • UCOL-U 110 or DLA-L 110 First Year Experience
    • Computer proficiency/logic (If computer proficiency is already proven or waived, then a logic course is required)
    • Arts and humanities (Choose one 100 or 200 level course, not in your first major field of study)
    • Social science (Choose one 100 or 200 level course, not in your first major field of study)
    • World language and culture (All COMM students are required to complete first-year competency in a world language.)
    • Advanced courses: 40 credits total must be completed at the 300-400 level, including courses within the major
    Note: Course selection and approval should be done in consultation with your academic advisor.
  • Communication studies requirements
    • COMM-C 180 Interpersonal Communication* (3 cr)
    • COMM-G100 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 cr)
    • COMM-G201 Introduction to Communication Theory (3 cr)
    • COMM-G310 Communication Research Methods (3 cr)
    • COMM-M150 Mass Media & Contemporary Society* (3 cr)
    • COMM-R330 Communication Criticism (3 cr)
    • Communication elective** (3 cr)
    • Communication elective** (3 cr)
    • Communication elective** (3 cr)
    • Communication elective** (3 cr)
    *This course may be used to fill requirements in the IUPUC General Education Core. However, the credits count only once and the student can choose additional electives to meet the 120 credit degree requirement.
    **Three out of four Communication Electives must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Electives

    Any number of credit hours needed to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required to graduate. You cannot double count courses in this area with the common core general education requirements.

    Note: There are some courses that do not count in this area. Check with your academic advisor for more information.

Academic advising

As a communication studies student, you’ll work closely with your academic advisor to select and register for classes that will apply toward your degree program. You and your advisor will track your progress to ensure you are on the right track to graduate on time.


Learn more about academic advising

Earn a minor in communication studies

The Division of Liberal Arts offers a communication studies minor specialized for students majoring in other subjects. A minor from the Division of Liberal Arts can help you diversify your undergraduate degree with additional skills.


Learn more about a communication studies minor