Mar 23, 2023  
NSU Catalog 2022-2023 
NSU Catalog 2022-2023

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Communication Studies (BA)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus

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No grade below a “C” will be accepted in a course taken to fulfill the Communication Studies requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will describe the discipline and employ its theories, perspectives, and concepts. (Cross-curricular Skill: Foundational Lifelong Learning Skills)
  • Students will engage in Communication inquiry. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Students will create influential messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Civic Knowledge and Engagement)
  • Students will critically analyze messages. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy). (Cross-Curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
  • Students will apply ethical communication principles and practices and embrace difference. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Ethical Reasoning)

Area of Emphasis (12 credits)

Total: 41 credits

Communication Studies Emphases

Critical Practice Emphasis

Group Communication elective – Choose two: (6 credits)

Performance elective - Choose two: (6 credits):

Interdisciplinary elective – Choose one: (3 credits)

Writing elective – Choose one: (3 credits)


Students selecting this program are strongly encouraged to take ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics  as part of the General Education requirement. ECON 201  is a pre-requisite for BADM 370 - Marketing , which is a required or elective course in this program.

General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guideline 7.6.B.

Goal #2: Oral Communication (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate [in two disciplines]/3 credits Associate)

Baccalaureate - Six (6) credits hours (in two disciplines).

Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guidelines 7.6.A.

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)

Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)

Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

Degree Requirements (BA) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Two additional courses from those listed in General Education Requirements Goal #4. The courses must be from different disciplines than those selected to satisfy General Education Requirements Goal #4.

A total of four courses are required for the BA degree:

  • One year sequence of a foreign language.
  • Two courses from different disciplines than foreign language.


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