Jun 16, 2024  
2022-23 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-23 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Studies B.A. *

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OSRHE Program Code: 090
CIP Code: 090101

Major Code: 4921
Option Codes:

  • 4923 - Corporate Communication
  • 4924 - Communication in Relationships


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and deliver different types of assessed oral presentations.
  2. Reduce the level of speech anxiety.
  3. Formulate communication strategies that acknowledge the diverse characteristics within a global society.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify significant ethical issues within communication contexts.
  5. Construct speech acts within a variety of contexts that allows for constructive conflict and disagreement.
  6. To present intellectual product in public forums.
  7. Explain, predict, and/or control a variety of communication events by evoking relevant communication theories.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students must earn a grade of C or better in courses used for major or minor credit. Grades lower than a C from NSU or transfer institutions will not apply for major or minor credit.


General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Select one of the following options:

Major Total - 36 hours

Minor - 18 hours

A minor is required for the Communication Studies major.

Accelerated B.A. Communication Studies to M.A. Communication Arts

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program  for complete information concerning the Accelerated Degree Program.  Refer to the current Graduate Catalog for master’s degree requirements.


  • Students admitted to the Accelerated B.A. Communication Studies to M.A. Communication Arts degree program will complete up to 12 hours of graduate level credit to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students may not receive credit toward both the undergraduate and the paired graduate-level course. A student completing an undergraduate course and the paired graduate-level course will only receive credit for one course toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all 5000 level graduate courses.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program. 
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only.
ADP Paired Courses
Comm in Relationships option: COMM 4313 - Family Communication   COMM 5620 - Topics in Comm with Topic: Family Comm (3 hrs)                                     
Comm in Relationships option: COMM 4643 - Challenges in Interpersonal Communication COMM 5093 - Perspectives in Interpersonal Communication 
Corp Comm option: COMM 4223 - Leadership Communication COMM 5133 - Instructional Communication
Corp Comm option: COMM 4443 - Organizational Communication COMM 5363 - Non-Profit Organizational Communication
Both options: COMM 3/4000 Level Elective (3 hrs) COMM 5023 - Introduction to Graduate Study
Both options: COMM 3/4000 Level Elective (3hrs) COMM 5103 - Research Design


Additional Degree Information - College of Liberal Arts

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.A., B.A.Ed., B.F.A. and B.M.E. degrees require at least 80 hours.  B.S. and B.S.Ed. degrees require at least 55 hours.  B.G.S. and B.S.W. degrees require at least 40 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .



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