• Home
  • Academics
  • Degrees
  • Communication Studies Undergraduate Program
  • BA/BGS
  • Requirements for the Major

Communication Studies Undergraduate Program


Current undergraduate requirements (link to main KU catalog)


Requirements for the Major Prior to Fall 2014:

  1. Completion of COMS 130 or a waiver (see below).
    COMS majors should NOT take COMS 150.
  2. An additional 30 hours of course work that satisfy a, b, c, and d below.
    1. Research Methods (both courses required). 
      COMS 235 COMS 356 (must be admitted to 
      the major prior to enrolling)
    2. Communication Theory (two courses from the following).
      COMS 244 COMS 246 COMS 310 COMS 320 COMS 332
    3. Skill (two courses from the following).
      either COMS 330 or COMS 331 (or both)
      COMS 342 COMS 344 COMS 231 (3 hours)
      COMS 548 COMS 605
    4. Electives:
      12 hours of COMS electives (200 level or above and/or COMS 104)

COMS 130 fulfills the general education requirement in Argument and Reason. Students may be exempted from this requirement (but will not earn credit) if they meet one of the following conditions:

  1. An exemption from COMS 130 is available to students who have taken any combination of two semesters of Speech, Debate, or Forensics in high school and earned a grade of A or B in those courses. To obtain the exemption, please come in person to the Communication Studies main office located in 102 Bailey Hall between the hours of 8-5, Monday through Friday.

Advising Information

Faculty Advising times for Summer and Fall 2017
More info (doc)

Colloquium Series
Departmental Awards

Communication Studies Department Awarded Inaugural Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship!
More Info

Students learned how to preserve and record scientific data for the KU Biodiversity Institute. #exploreKU (CC)… https://t.co/Aq6itAeTZ6

Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today