Communication Studies

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The communication studies major will develop critical thinking, reasoning, and decision-making skills with the intent of empowering students to craft and deliver effective messages in their careers and their communities. 
Students are encouraged to write for the Pasquino, the College newspaper, and produce segments for the Mountain Streams Radio station located on campus.

The major will prepare students for admission to the B.A. in Communication Studies program offered by the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences in Morgantown where students can choose one of five areas of emphasis: Health Communication, Integrated Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Social Media and Communication Technology, and Strategic and Organizational Communication.

Career Opportunities

A degree in communication studies helps students be successful in many careers: from healthcare to human resources, from sales to social media, from image management to promotions.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Expectations

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in COMM 104 and COMM 306 is required for graduation. All majors must meet with their advisor every semester. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major. 

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in COMM 104 and COMM 306 is required.
GEF Requirements (2, 4, and 8)9
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1-3
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3
Foreign Language12
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Understanding Statistics
Applied Statistical Modeling
Elementary Statistical Inference
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
COMM 306Organizational Communication (GEF 8)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
Total Hours60-62

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
COMM 104 (GEF 5)3ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
CS 101 (GEF 2)4Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
WVUE 1911-3 
Foreign Language3 
Elective 1Foreign Language3
 GEF 43
 ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
 15-17 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3COMM 306 (GEF 8)3
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3Foreign Language3
Foreign Language3GEF 83
GEF 23Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60-62

Major Learning Outcomes

communication studies

Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree, Communication Studies majors will be able to:

  1. Describe the major theories of human communication and apply them to various contexts.
  2. Critique communication messages from a social science perspective.
  3. Cite evidence of the impact of communication on human behavior in interpersonal and/or organizational contexts.
  4. Identify and describe the functions of media in a democratic society.
  5. Investigate the role of verbal and nonverbal messages in the human communication process.
  6. Examine the relationship between communication and culture.
  7. Design and evaluate effective strategies for social influence.
  8. Examine ethical issues in various communication contexts.
  9. Analyze the role of communication in conflict and conflict management.