Communications Studies: Overview

Undergrad Communication Studies

Overview Criteria and Requirements

Credits to Graduate: 120
Credits in Major: 36
Upper Division Credits in Arts & Letters: 12
FAU Residence Credits: 30
Upper Division Credits: 45
Overall 2.5 GPA required for entry into major
Overall 2.0 GPA must be maintained to remain in major
Grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the major. All courses in the major must be graded. Pass/Fail is not accepted.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies is a problem-focused program that emphasizes contemporary cultural concerns while situating these within the broader context of communication and cultural theory. The purpose of the degree is to provide students with the awareness, knowledge, motivation and skills to develop communication strategies to address the problems of a global society, and the emphasis is on all forms of civic engagement. The program examines the strategic role that symbol systems play in constructing meaning in a fast-changing, information-based, media-saturated, and culturally diverse world. Courses examine how meaning informs and persuades individuals, and introduce students to the history and theories of how communication operates in societies. The goal is for students to demonstrate a high level of oral and written communication, critical thinking, and analytical problem-solving skills, and to become active in civic life.

Introductory Course
The following course is required:

  • COM 2053 Introduction to Communication and Civic Life

Three (3) courses from the following:
  • COM 3405 Human Communication Theory
  • SPC 3233 Classical Rhetoric
  • SPC 3235 Contemporary Rhetoric
  • SPC 3717 Intercultural Theory

Two (2) courses from the following:
  • SPC 3704 American Multicultural Discourse
  • SPC 4517 Rhetoric of Argument
  • SPC 4680 Rhetorical Criticism
  • SPC 4718 Ethnicity and Communication

Two (2) courses from the following:
  • COM 4703 Storytelling
  • SPC 2300 Interpersonal Communication
  • SPC 2608 Public Speaking
  • SPC 3425 Small Group Processes
  • SPC 4513 Argumentation and Debate

Three (3) courses from the following:
  • COM 3014 Communication, Gender, and Language
  • COM 3120 Organizational Communication
  • COM 3342 Communication and U.S. Cultural Studies
  • COM 3462 Conflict and Communication
  • COM 3500 Political Communication
  • COM 3945 Communication Internship
  • COM 4201 Corporate Communication
  • COM 4461 Nonverbal Communication in a Diverse Society
  • COM 4707 Peace, Conflict, and Oral Narrative
  • MMC 3601 Minorities and the Media
  • MMC 4301 International Communication
  • MMC 4704 Media, Representation, and Diversity
  • RTV 4412 Gender and Television
  • SPC 3710 Intercultural Communication
  • SPC 4232 Studies in Rhetoric
  • SPC 4443 Leadership and Communication
  • SPC 4540 Persuasion and Propaganda
  • SPC 4633 Rhetoric of Social Protest
  • SPC 4712 Gender, Race, and Communication

One (1) course from the following:
  • COM 4930 Communication and Community Building
  • SPC 4271 Communication, Democracy, and Civic Engagement


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