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Communication Studies Curriculum

USCB offers the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications Studies. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet General Education requirements and Communications Studies requirements as outlined in I-IV below.

  • I. General Education Requirements with Notes for Majors37-47
  • English6-7

Either ENGL B101 or ENGL B105; B101L; and either ENGL B102 or ENGL B106. Each course must have a grade of "C" or higher.

Students may place out of ENGL B101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam.  Students who transfer into USCB with credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL B101L requirement.

  • Numerical and Analytical Reasoning6

MATH B101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

Majors: PHIL B110 or B111 are listed as a Program Requirement in (II) below and satisfy 3 hrs. of the Numerical and Analytical Reasoning requirement.


  • COMM B140, B201 or B2303

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts Electives (humanities or social/behavioral sciences)1 6
  • HIST B101, B102, B111 or B112, B115 or B1163
  • Fine Arts2 3
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences33

1 Courses from the following disciplines: AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA.  One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
2 Courses from: ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
3 Courses from: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.

Natural Sciences

  • Two courses, at least one with associated laborator7

Courses from: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI, and PHYS. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory. BIOL B110 and BIOL B120 cannot both be taken for credit.

Two courses outside the Natural Science curriculum also satisfy the 3-credit course requirement of Natural Science: ANTH B101 and PSYC B361.  Students may elect to take them as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.

  • Foreign Languages0-6

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects.  For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam.  For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB's language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement.

  • General Education Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding Studies0-3

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH B102, ANTH B312, ANTH B317, ANTH B351, ANTH B352, ANTH B452, COMM B450, ENGL B291, GEOG B121, GLST B301, GLST B398, HIST B109, HIST B115, HIST B116, RELG B203, SOCY B315 and SPAN B380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

  • II. Program Requirements (each with a grade of "C" or higher)18
  • An additional selection from HIST B101, B102, B111, B112, B115 or B1163
  • Courses selected from African American studies, English, fine arts, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy (except B110 & B111) or religious studies6
  • Courses selected from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology6
  • A course in logic: PHIL B110 or B1113
  • III. Major Requirements (each with a grade of "C" or higher)33
  • COMM B140, COMM 190, and COMM 2019
  • Two additional COMM 200-level courses6
  • Five COMM 300-400 level courses15
  • COMM 490 Senior Seminar (taken in the senior year of study)3
  • IV. Electives30-40
  • Total hours required120