Communication Studies

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In addition to requirements of the University and of Meadows School of the Arts, undergraduates wishing to major or minor in Communication Studies must first complete a selection of “pre-core” and “core” classes prior to declaring their major:

Required classes include:

  • DISC 1312 Introduction to College Writing
  • DISC 1313 Inquiry Seminar (or equivalents);
  • One math course chosen from STAT 1301, 2301 or 2331;
  • COMM 2310 Rhetoric, Community and Public Deliberation and
  • COMM 2327 Communication Theory. 

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each of these five courses with a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA before a major or minor may be declared. Typically, students declare at the end of their sophomore year.

Once declared, students must then successfully complete the remaining six hours of Communication Studies additional core coursework, COMM 2308 Strategic Communication and COMM 2375 Communication Research and Metrics before taking any upper-level electives, with the exception of COMM 2300 Public Speaking in Context and COMM 3300 Free Speech and First Amendment, which are open to all majors.

Core coursework may not be repeated to meet the requirements to declare Communication Studies as a major or minor.

Admission to the major is highly competitive. Major selection will be based on subset and core requirement standings and faculty recommendations. Portfolio development is included in each of the core Communication Studies courses and concluded in COMM 2375 Communication Research and Metrics.

Special Requirements

Transfer hours for core course requirements may be considered on petition and approval of the faculty. Courses satisfying major requirements should be taken through the SMU program.

Additional degree requirements: Students majoring in Communication Studies also must take an approved ethics course, eight hours of a single second language and two Meadows electives (one of which must be in the arts) as part of their degree requirements.

Note: Attendance is required on the first day of class to prevent being dropped from the course.


Interested in scholarship opportunities? There are three ways for Communication Studies students to receive scholarships. Read more about SMU and Meadows Communication Studies scholarships.

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Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

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B.A. in Communication Studies

B.A. in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Minor in Communication Studies

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