College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Communication Studies BGS

The online Communication Studies-BGS degree can be completed fully online with the same academic rigor you can expect on-campus. The majority of Communication Studies major courses are offered in the 8-week, minimester format.

Components of the Communication Studies Major:

1. Prerequisite Knowledge (3 credit hours):

  • COMS 130: Speaker Audience Communication (3 credit hours)

2. Breadth of Discipline: (choose 2 courses, 6 credit hours):

  • COMS 210: Communication in Organizational and Professional Contexts (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 232: The Rhetorical Tradition (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 238: Cases in Persuasion (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 244: Intro to Interpersonal Communication Theory (3 credit hours)

3. Communication Skills (2 courses, 6 credit hours):

  • COMS 230: Fundamentals of Debate (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 246: Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3 credit hours)

4. Communication Methods (2 courses, 6 credit hours):

  • COMS 235: Introduction to Rhetoric and Social Influence (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 356: Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods in Communication (3 credit hours)

5. Communication Studies Capstone (3 credit hours):

  • COMS 496: Communication Studies Capstone (3 credit hours)

6. Depth of Discipline (choose 4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • COMS 310: Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 320: Communication and the Internet (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 425: Communication and the American Presidency (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 539: Argumentation (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 544: Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Theory & Research (3 credit hours)
  • COMS 554: Rhetoric of Popular Culture (3 credit hours)

Additional Degree Requirements:

All students pursuing a Communication Studies, Bachelor of General Studies degree must also complete the following degree requirements

Requirement Satisfied By
Second Area of Study

Completion of a minor or two undergraduate certificates:

  • Minors include: Anthropology, History, Psychology, Sociology, History of Art or Women's Studies (6 courses, 18 hours)
    • (more options may be available depending on your transfer credit)
  • Undergraduate certificates available online can be found here
Career Course

Completion of one of the following 3 credit hour career courses:

  • LA&S 475: Professional Career Management (3 credit hours)
  • LA&S 485: Global Career Management (3 credit hours)
  • LA&S 490: Internship (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 362: Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

A transfer credit evaluation will determine the requirements a student has left to complete the Communication Studies-BGS degree. Therefore it is important to submit your transcripts as soon as possible for evaluation. To determine how your transfer credit will apply, use our self-service Credit Transfer system. For help on how to use the Credit Transfer system, use this tutorial.

University Requirements:

All undergraduate students at the University of Kansas are required to fulfill University requirements

Requirement Satisfied By
KU Core Completion of all Six Goals of the KU Core
Overall Degree Hours 120 credit hours of applicable degree credit
Junior/Senior Hours 45 credit hours taken at the Junior/Senior (300+) level, of which 30 must be taken in residence at KU (includes KU Online)
In Residence Hours 30 hours minimum, of the 120 needed to graduate, must be taken in residence at KU (includes KU Online)
Grade Point Average 2.00 minimum GPA in KU Coursework is required for graduation

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