Nov 30, 2022
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These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This program is offered both on-campus and online.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 39 COMM credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 upper-division (3000-level and above) COMM credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 COMM credit hours, 15 of which must be upper division, with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Communication majors may complete up to 6 credit hours of internship (COMM 3939).
- A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study courses may be applied to the major.
- No more than 56 Communication credit hours can count toward graduation.
- Students may transfer in up to 21 COMM credits.
- In addition to required Communication courses, students are required to take seven elective courses (21 hours), which may consist of classes chosen from any combination of Communication Pathway and Inquiry and Analysis courses.
- community service and public affairs
- global and intercultural communication
- health communication
- media and cultural studies
- strategic communication
Take all of the following Communication courses:
- COMM 1011 - Fundamentals of Communication
- COMM 1021 - Introduction To Media Studies
- COMM 2020 - Communication, Citizenship, and Social Justice
- COMM 2075 - Researching and Writing in Comm
Take one of the following courses:
- COMM 1001 - Presentational Speaking
- COMM 2050 - Business and Professional Speaking
Take seven Communication (COMM) elective courses.
Take one of the following exit courses:
- COMM 3939 - Internship
- COMM 4040 - Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice
- COMM 4051 - Advanced Strategic Communication
- COMM 4430 - Communication, China, and the US
- COMM 4500 - Health Communication
- COMM 4525 - Health Communication and Community
- COMM 4550 - Rhetorics of Medicine & Health
- COMM 4558 - Digital Health Narratives
- COMM 4660 - Queer Media Studies
- COMM 4688 - Senior Seminar: Transitioning from College to Career
- COMM 4700 - Thesis and Project Practicum
- COMM 4995 - Global Study Topics (Travel Study)
Exit courses include a High Impact Practice, such as: experiential and service learning, collaborative learning, writing-intensive assignments, global education, a focus on diversity and inclusion, and/or a project-based capstone class.