Degree Requirements

Our discipline is grounded in rhetorical and scientific principles and is guided by the need to make communicative choices that are artful, ethical, and effective. Students who major in Communication Studies are concerned with interpersonal relationships, mass media, public advocacy and social influence, group and organizational dynamics, and intercultural dimensions of communication.

Prospective majors should meet with a departmental advisor as early as possible to design an approved major program, preferably by the end of the sophomore year.

Communication Studies Major, BA

For transfer students, at least six of these courses must be taken at Augsburg.

Required of all Communication Studies majors:

  • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    •  or COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    •  or COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
    •  or COM 355 – Small Group Communication
  • COM 280 – Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COM 281 – Research Methods
  • COM 329 – Intercultural Communication
  • COM 351 – Argumentation
  • COM 352 – Persuasion
  • COM 490 – Keystone: Critical Conversations about Vocation

A total of 3 electives must be taken from following categories (one course must be from COM):

  • 1 to 3 electives from the following (May not count the same course twice):
    • COM 247 – Documentary History and Theory
    • COM 299 – Directed Study
    • COM 321 – Business and Professional Speaking
    • COM 345 – Organizational Communication
    • COM 399 – Internship
    • COM 405 – Nonverbal Communication
    • COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies
    • COM 480 – Public Relations/Promotional Communication
    • COM 499 – Independent Study
  • 0 to 2 approved outside electives from another major, for example:
    • ART 132 – Photography I
    • ART 215 – Web Design I
    • ART 225 – Graphic Design I
    • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
    • ENL 227 – Journalism
    • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
    • FLM 399 – Internship
    • MKT 252 – Marketing
    • Another course approved by Communication Studies department

Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure Major

This major, which includes secondary education coursework and student teaching requirements in the Education Department, offers students the preparation necessary to become teachers of communication arts and literature in public schools and allows them to become licensed to teach at the middle school through the secondary level. Recommendation for teacher licensure is granted only to students who complete the requirements for this program with a minimum grade of 2.0 in major courses and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the major. All requirements in the major must be completed prior to student teaching. The course requirements for this program are listed in the English Department section of the catalog.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is designed to encourage overall excellence as well as outstanding achievement on a specific project of special interest to the student. Departmental Honors students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and a 3.00 GPA overall, and, as part of their major program, complete a substantial independent project of honors quality (COM 499 registration). Honors candidates should meet with their faculty advisor prior to their senior year to develop a proposal for the honors project.

Communication Studies Minor

Six courses including:

  • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    •  or COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    •  or COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Speaking
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 280 – Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
    •  or POL 342 – Mass Communication in Society
  • COM 351 – Argumentation
    •  or COM 352 – Persuasion
  • COM 355 – Small Group Communication
    •  or COM 345 – Organizational Communication

Film Major

See the Film Studies website.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by completing the following courses: COM 281 (QF) and COM 352 (QFA) for Communication Studies majors and PHY 119 for Film majors.

Note: For transfer students, at least three of these six courses must be courses offered at Augsburg.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.