Students who major in Communication Studies learn to advocate, negotiate, and relate across public, professional, and personal contexts, making them highly desirable job candidates across industries and positioning them to excel as leaders in whatever organizational context they choose. Our majors work with caring faculty who are committed to their success as students, as budding scholars, and as developing professionals. Communication Studies majors have opportunities to learn in and outside the classroom to help them achieve their career goals and our alumni boast success in an impressively wide range of careers across industries and professional contexts. What does it take to earn a major in Communication Studies? See the requirements below and talk with one of our advisors for more information! We are available to help students plan a program of study that fits with their career goals, identify courses aligned with their interests, address issues they might encounter in classes, learn more about our student organization, Comm Club, our national honors society, Lambda Pi Eta, and to stay on track for graduation.
Dr. Kathy Castle
Director of Undergraduate Education,
403 Oldfather Hall
Assistant Undergraduate Advisor
441 Oldfather Hall
We Can Help You
Make appointments with us via MyPlan to:
- Understand how to use the Undergraduate Catalog
- Understand your general degree requirements (ACE and CDR requirements)
- Understand your Major and Minor Requirements
- Review and interpret your degree audit
- Create a graduation plan
- Evaluate transfer credit for Communication Studies courses. Information about the transfer credit process is available here including forms for international or education abroad evaluation. For transfer credit from U.S. institutions, a substitution form can be used to apply it to the COMM major or minor.
- With career planning, to include envisioning potential career paths for Communication Studies majors, selecting courses that will prepare you for specific career paths, and preparing for the job market
- Identify opportunities to get involved in the department and on campus
- Find relevant resources to help you in all stages of your education
- Prepare for graduate school
- Prepare for professional school (pre-law or pre-health)
To declare a Communication Studies major or minor, students should come to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall. The professional advising staff there can assist with general advising questions and are available by appointment through the MyPLAN tab in blackboard or on a walk-in basis 9:30-4.
All Communication Studies majors and minors should meet with a departmental advisor during their first semester as a CS major or minor. Regular meetings with advisors are strongly encouraged.
- To declare a Communication Studies major, please go to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
- You should meet with a Communication Studies departmental advisor early in your program to discuss and file a program of study. Regular meetings with a departmental advisor are strongly encouraged.
- Outlined requirements for the major can be found here (Note: Be sure the bulletin/catalog you are looking at is the correct one--dated from the time you entered the University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
- All A&S requirements must be met to receive a degree with a major in Communication Studies.
- All graduating seniors should speak to an advisor the semester before they plan to graduate to make sure all requirements have been met.
- 36 Total Credit Hours in Communication
- Introduction Course (3 hours):
- Research Methods Course (Choose one for 3 hours):
COMM 201 or COMM 202
- Performance Course (Choose one for 3 hours):
COMM 109, COMM 205, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 220, COMM286, or COMM 295
- Foundation Courses (Choose two for 6 hours):
COMM 250, COMM 283, COMM 271
- Upper Level Credit (21 upper-level hours, at least 9 4xx-level hours including COMM 495, excludes COMM 390 and COMM 490)
COMM 3XX, COMM 3XX, COMM 4XX, COMM 495, COMM 3XX, COMM 3XX, COMM 4XX
- All Communication Studies Majors are required to declare and complete a Minor
Majors who are following a bulletin year prior to 2014-2015 must follow the major requirements for that bulletin year. See the Undergraduate Catalog and make an appointment with your major advisor.
All courses must be taken for a grade to count in the major and minor.
To declare a Communication Studies minor, please go to the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
- You should discuss with an academic advisor which would be best suited to your program of study either a Plan A (18 hour minor-stand alone) or Plan B (12 hour minor which must be coupled with another 12 hour minor).
- You should meet with the Communication Studies departmental advisor early in your program to discuss a curricular emphasis for your minor. Regular meetings with your advisor are strongly encouraged.
- Requirements for the minor. (Note: make sure you are looking at the correct bulletin/catalog)
- All courses must be taken for a grade to count in the major and minor.
Plan A Minor
- 18 Total Hours
- Introduction Course: COMM 101. In some circumstances, minors may opt to take a methods course (either COMM 201 or 202) instead of COMM 101. Though permissable, this is unusual and generally not the preferred option. Students should consult with the Undergraduate Advisors before making this decision.
- Performance Course (Choose one for 3 hours): COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 212, or COMM 286
- Elective (Choose one at any level for 3 hours): Meet with your advisor about this to determine what might best suit your goals
- Upper Level Credit (Choose two 3xx level courses and one 4xx level course for 9 hours): 3xx ,3xx, 4xx (Excluding COMM 390 and COMM 490)
Plan B Minor
- 12 Total Hours and declared second Plan B Minor
- Elective COMM course (Choose one at any level for 3 hours): Meet with your advisor about this to determine what might best suit your goals
- 9 hours of 2xx level credit (Choose three at any level for 9 hours). This excludes COMM 390 and COMM 490.