Communication Studies - Bachelor of Arts

In addition to completing the general education requirements of the university and the college, students majoring in communication studies are required to complete 21 credits of core COMM courses and 15 credits of COMM electives for a total of 36 credits. Any exception to these policies requires department head approval.

All COMM courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Undergraduate Course Rotation:

Fall

COMM 310 Communication Theory and Discovery             

COMM 376 Communication and Culture           

COMM 384 Interpersonal Communication            

Spring

COMM 351 Persuasion Theory and Practice

COMM 370 Organizational Communication

COMM 495 Communication Internship

Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2 13
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication (Communication Core Course)3
Area II: Mathematics 13-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Science Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing a Wider World 26
Departmental/College Requirements
Core Courses18
The department requires 21 total credits of Core Courses with the classes listed below and COMM 265G from the General Education requirements
Communication Theory and Discovery3
Persuasion Theory and Practice3
Organizational Communication3
Communication and Culture3
Interpersonal Communication3
Communication Internship3
Departmental Elective Courses18
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)0-14
Electives to bring total credits to 120 329-46
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies there is a two year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
CHIN 2110
CHIN 2120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
and Mandarin Chinese III
and Mandarin Chinese IV
3-14
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
FREN 2110
FREN 2120
French I
and French II
and French III
and French IV
3-14
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
GRMN 2110
GRMN 2120
German I
and German II
and German III
and German IV
3-14
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
JAPN 2110
JAPN 2120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
and Japanese III
and Japanese IV
3-14
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
SPAN 2110
SPAN 2120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
and Spanish III
and Spanish IV
3-14
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
SPAN 2210
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III
3-9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3
SIGN 2110American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 2120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 2120Mandarin Chinese IV3
or FREN 2120 French IV
or GRMN 2120 German IV
or JAPN 2120 Japanese IV
or SPAN 2120 Spanish IV
OR
Challenge the 1120/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Rhetoric and Composition. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics 1 3
FYEX 1112 The Freshman Year Experience 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Area VI: Fine Arts Course 2 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
COMM Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose from one of the following: 1 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
COMM 310 Communication Theory and Discovery 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social And Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
Elective Course 3
General Education Elective Course 2 3-4
 Credits15-17
Semester 2
COMM 351 Persuasion Theory and Practice 3
First Course in Second Language Series 3-4
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Semester 1
COMM 376 Communication and Culture 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
COMM 370 Organizational Communication 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Next Course in Second Language Series 1 3-4
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
COMM 384 Interpersonal Communication 3
Next Course in Second Language Series 3
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits16
Semester 2
COMM 495 Communication Internship 3
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
COMM Upper-Division Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-124