Communications: Communications Studies

Communications: Communications Studies
Hours43 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program.
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

requirement 1 Complete 1 option
Core courses:
Note: Students must receive a B grade or better in each course to be eligible to apply for admission. AP credit does not fulfill this requirement.
Apply to the major.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
These courses may be taken during the semester in which students apply for admission to the major.
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
requirement 5 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
requirement 7
Complete a minimum of 72 hours in courses outside of the department while meeting BYU's University Core requirements.
Program Outcomes: 


Students will write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they serve.


Students will critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.

Numerical skills

Students will apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.


Students will apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.


Students will conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

Freedom of speech

Students will understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and the press for the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.


Students will understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.

Critical thinking

Students will think critically, creatively, and independently.

Domestic diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communication.

International diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.