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 24 credits of core COMM courses and 12 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.


General Education Requirements 136
Viewing a Wider World Requirements 26
Core Courses21
Principles of Human Communication3
Survey of Communication Theory3
Communication Research Methods3
Persuasion Theory and Practice3
Organizational Communication3
Communication and Culture3
Interpersonal Communication3
Communication Internship3
Departmental Elective Courses
Select an additional 12 credits from COMM to reach a total of 36 credits.12
General Electives to bring total to 12042
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Total Credits117

 For Information regarding the General Education Course Requirements see the General Education Courses section of the catalog.


 For information on the Viewing a Wider World Requirements, see the General Education Courses section of the catalog

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies there is a two year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 111
CHIN 112
CHIN 211
CHIN 212
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
and Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 113
SPAN 213
SPAN 214
Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3
C D 476American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Challenge the 212 level for the following courses:
CHIN 212Intermediate Chinese II3
or FREN 212 Intermediate French II
or GER 212 Intermediate German II
or JPNS 212 Intermediate Japanese II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
Challenge the 214 level for the following courses:
PORT 214Portuguese for Romance Language Students II3
or SPAN 214 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.