May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Communication Studies, BA

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The communication studies major provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in the fields of broadcast and electronic media as well as advertising and public relations.

Coursework provides an understanding of both the history of the field and the ethical responsibilities of professional communicators. Students develop skills in writing, speaking, broadcasting, editing, production, website management and design, and group communication. The Communication Studies major earns a B.A. degree.


Communication Studies majors may elect to pursue honors work with the approval of the Communication Studies faculty. Students majoring in Communication Studies who are judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in the program. To graduate ”With Honors in Communication Studies,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete twelve credits of honors courses in the major area, including COM 499  .

Majors must earn a grade of C/2.0 or better in all COM requirement courses below

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Major Requirements (42 Hours)

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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