Degree Programs

Application Process

Those who wish to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies must complete the following procedure:

1. Submit to the department chair a degree application. In order to be accepted into the department major, students must have a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.3 GPA in courses taken for the major.

2. The student will be assigned an advisor to assist in developing a schedule of courses to complete the major.

3. This procedure generally takes place by the first semester of the student's junior year to ensure that the student has completed the general education requirements, and to provide time to complete the major requirements in a reasonable fashion. From time to time, the department will review the progress of the student.


 The Department of Communication Studies is please to award graduation with honors to distinguished students. To earn honors the student shall: 1. Maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average in courses taken on campus and courses transferred to UVa- Wise; 2. Be nominated for honors by the student's departmental advisor and at least one other member of the department; 3. Submit a research paper in COMM 4990 that is deemed to be distinguished by at least two members of the Department of Communication Studies.

Major in Communication

The Major in Communication Studies is recommended for students who plan careers or graduate school in communication, journalism, media studies or related areas. Students will complete the following courses of studies:

Core Requirements
Second year of a foreign language: 6 semester hours

(FRE, SPA, GER 2010-2020)

Research Methods Requirements

MTH 1180 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)

AJU 3030/ PSY 3030/ SOCI 3030 Research Methods (3) or

COM 3700 Research Methods in Communication (3)

ENG 3450 Introduction to Literary Theory (3) or

COM 4500 Rhetorical Criticism (3)

Major Core Requirements

Three hours selected from the following:   3
COM 1000 Public Speaking (3) OR
COM 2201 Voice and Oral Interpretation (3)

All of the following courses:     21

COM 2100 Practicum in Applied Communication (1)

COM 3100 Intro. To Journalism and Media Writing (3)
COM 3200 Media Studies (3)
COM 3300 Interpersonal Communication (3)

COM 3400 Business and Professional Communication (3)
COM 3500 Communication Theory (3)

COM 3990 Junior Seminar (2)

COM 4990 Senior Capstone (3)

Total For Core Requirements: 39 hours

Students who choose a major in Communications will complete an additional 12 hours from the following, to be selected in conference with their advisor:

COMM 3110 Advanced Print Journalism (3)
COMM 3120 Advanced Writing for Radio-TV-Film (3)
COMM 3210 Introduction to Film Analysis (3)

COMM 3220 Film and Video Production Techniques (3)

COM 3270 Topics in Film History (3)

COM 3450 Technical Writing (3)

COM 4000 Persuasion (3)

COM 4010 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3)

COMM 4300 Nonverbal Communication (3)

COMM 4310 Family Communication (3)

COMM 4400 Organizational Communication (3)

COMM 350 Communication Theory (3)
COMM 3960 / 4960 Special Topics in Communication (3)
COMM 4870 & 4880 Cooperative Education Project (3)

COM 4900 Internship in Communication (3-6)
COMM 4970 Independent Study in Communication
PSY 3060 Cultural Diversity (3)

THT 3205 Playwriting (3)

THT 4000 Performance Studies (3)

Total, Major in Communication Studies: 51-54

Minor Requirements

 A minor includes at least 18 semester hours, 12 of which must be in courses at the 3000-level or above. Courses must be selected in consultation with the department chair. A student may use no more than 3 semester hours of cooperative education, internship or independent study to satisfy requirements for the minor.

Licensure for Teaching Journalism, Speech or Theatre Arts

Licensure in journalism or speech may be added to basic licensure in English by completing the appropriate coursework.

Journalism: Licensure to teach journalism may be obtained by completing 15 hours of COM courses, to include at least one of the following: COM 3100, COM 3110, or COM 3120, in addition to the prescribed program for English certification.

Speech: Licensure to teach speech may be added to the basic licensure in English by taking 15 hours of Communications courses, to include COM 1000, THT 2010, and COMM 3300.