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Discover the Communication Studies Program

A student majoring in Communications learns how humans communicate in every possible setting from small to groups or organizations, and for every possible reason, from debates to public speaking. Effective communication skills influence every aspect of life and can serve as the basis for careers in a variety of areas.

Communication majors can go into public relations or other related occupations, while some go on to graduate school or law school. But many students graduate with an education degree and teach speech in Middle Schools or High Schools.


Communication Studies at BHSU offer:

  • The opportunity to join the Forensics Team and participate in debates across the state
  • Small classes with excellent individual attention
  • Highly motivated and experienced faculty
  • Opportunities to use your speech skills in other student organizations, such as the campus radio and TV stations

Communication Studies Course Requirements

Minors

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Mass Communication - 24 hours

  • 3 MCOM 210 Basic Newswriting
  • 3 MCOM 220 Introduction to Digital Media
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM 317 News Gathering
  • 3 MCOM 221 Audio Production or MCOM 331 Video Production
  • 9 Electives from SPCM, MCOM, or THEA

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Speech Communication - 24 hours

  • 3 SPCM 215 Public Speaking (gen ed)
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 SPCM 405 Theories of Communication
  • 3 SPCM 410 Organizational Communication
  • 3 SPCM 434 Small Group Communication
  • 3 SPCM 466 Principles of Rhetoric
  • 3 SPCM Elective
  • 3 Electives from SPCM, MCOM, or THEA

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Theatre - 24 hours

  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design 
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing 
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 THEA 300/400 level elective

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Mass Communcation - Teaching - 27 hours

  • 3 MCOM 210 Basic Newswriting
  • 3 MCOM 220 Introduction to Digital Media
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM 266 Photojournalism
  • 3 MCOM 317 News Gathering
  • 3 MCOM 327 Advanced News Gathering
  • 3 MCOM 328 Advertising Media Communication
  • 3 MCOM 221 Audio Production or MCOM 331 Video Production
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Speech Communication - Teaching - 27 hours

  • 3 PHIL 220 Introduction of Ethics
  • 2 SPCM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • 3 SPCM 215 Public Speaking 
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 SPCM 405 Theories of Communication
  • 3 SPCM 410 Organizational Communication
  • 3 SPCM 434 Small Group Communication
  • 3 SPCM 466 Principles of Rhetoric
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Minor in Communication - Emphasis in Theatre - Teaching - 27 hours

  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design 
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing 
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Communication Studies

Required Core - 33 semester hours

  • 3 SPCM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • 3 SPCM 215 Public Speaking (gen ed)
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 SPCM 405 Theories of Communication
  • 3 SPCM 410 Organizational Communication
  • 3 SPCM 434 Small Group Communication
  • 3 SPCM 466 Principles of Rhetoric
  • 3 SPCM 485 Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • 3 SPCM 300/400 Level Elective
  • 6 Electives from SPCM, MCOM, or THEA

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215 or 222
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Communication Studies - Teaching

Required Core - 33 Semester hours

  • 3 MCOM 300/400 level Elective
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods
  • 3 SPCM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • 3 SPCM 215 Public Speaking (gen ed)
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 SPCM 405 Theories of Communication
  • 3 SPCM 410 Organizational Communication
  • 3 SPCM 466 Principles of Rhetoric
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting (gen ed)
  • 6 Electives from SPCM, MCOM, PHIL 220, or THEA

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 Semester hours

  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Pyschology
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 26 Semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 1 EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • 1 EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 2 SEED 408 Plan, Manage, & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading & Content Literacy
  • 9 SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations

Gen Ed Requirements - 31 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 - Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215 or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Communication Studies Composite Major - Teaching

Required Core - 54 Semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 211 World Lit I (gen ed) or ENGL 212 World Lit II
  • 3 ENGL 221 British Literature I (gen ed)
  • 3 ENGL 241 American Lit I
  • 3 ENGL 242 American Lit II or ENGL 222 British Literature II
  • 3 ENGL 304 Fundamentals of English Grammar
  • 3 ENGL 426 History & Structures of English
  • 3 ENGL 484 Literary Criticism
  • 3 MCOM 300/400 level Elective
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts
  • 3 SPCM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • 3 SPCM 215 Public Speaking (gen ed)
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 SPCM 405 Theories of Communication
  • 3 SPCM 410 Organizational Communication
  • 3 SPCM 466 Principles of Rhetoric
  • 3 MCOM 300/400 level Elective
  • 6 Electives from SPCM, MCOM, or THEA

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 Semester hours

  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Pyschology
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 26 Semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 1 EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • 1 EDFN 440 Classroom Management
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 2 SEED 408 Plan, Manage, & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading & Content Literacy
  • 9 SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations

Gen Ed Requirements

  • 3 ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 - Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215 or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Career Opportunities

Speech majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Attorneys at Law
  • Ministers
  • Teachers in Several Different Fields
  • Coaches of Beginning Nurses
  • Counselors to Disadvantaged High-School Students
  • Bank Managers
  • Public Relations Agents
  • College Professors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Park Service Rangers

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