Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Communication Studies, BA

  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in research and analysis relevant to the communication discipline.
  • Develop additional communication competencies through course selection within their degree requirements and through free electives. These additional competencies may include: Design skills, Media Production skills; Intercultural Skills, Journalistic skills, and Public Relations writing skills; or skills related to a minor program of study.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the history, evolution, and fundamental theories of the discipline of Communication.

Strategic Communication and Media Department, Overall

  • Writing competency: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and present messages clearly and effectively.
  • Context of the field: Students will understand the history, concepts, and principles of the field and critically apply these elements to current issues within the discipline.
  • Career readiness: Students will demonstrate proficiency in message production required for entry-level positions in the field.
  • Ethics and legal issues: Students will understand ethical and legal issues facing communicators in the 21st century.

Related Links

Communication Studies, BA Program Page

Strategic Communication and Media Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.5 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements39

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Goal - Sci3
Goal - Sci3
Lab - Sci0-1
Goal - Math3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one cousre from three of the following Enrichment areas:9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in COMM 110, COMM 310, and COMM 413.  At least 40 % (48 hours) of the entire degree and 50% (20 hours) of courses in the major must consist of upper level coursework.
  • Students must complete 50% of credits required for the major from a PASSHE university.
  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Communication Core
COMM 110Communication Concepts 1,23
COMM 310Communication Research Methods 1,23
COMM 413Communication Theory 13
COMM 497Senior Capstone Seminar 13
Communication Studies Requirements
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Small Group Communication 1
Communication and Media Ethics 1
Argumentation 1
Interpersonal Communication 1
Organizational Communication 1
Communication Law 1,2
Persuasion 1
Communication Electives
Select any six additional Communication courses. At least 2 must be at the 300-level or above.18
Total Hours39

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2017.
Revision date: 7-2018