Scripps College of Communication
Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies (BSC) Degree Code: BC5364
The School of Communication Studies (COMS) offers a liberal education, emphasizing the scientific and artistic basis of communication. The School is firmly committed to providing quality instruction in the the- oretical bases of human communication and the application of theory in specific contexts. The core courses combine theory and practice as students learn the historical and conceptual foundations of the field of com- munication. At the same time, the curriculum equips students with skills in speaking, writing, critical think- ing, discussion, and problem solving. Students complete a rigorous academic program consisting of courses in theory, research methods, presentations, and engaged learning practica. Elective courses in the school complement the required courses and expand the students’ repertoire of competencies and skills. Enhancing the core and major courses are courses in a related area or minor, study of other cultures, and contemporary technology. Students’ choices lead to professional and pre-professional competence in such fields as train- ing and human resources, law, politics and government, health advocacy, campaign implementation, and survey research. The major is designed to augment students’ lives and careers through a clearer understand- ing of the effects of communication and messages in their professional and personal lives.
In addition to the General Education requirements and the 120 total hours specified by the University, all majors in the School of Communication Studies must complete (1) six core courses, (2) four theory courses, (3) two research methods course, (4) five elective courses in the school, (5) a minimum of 18 hours in a university minor or related area approved by the students’ academic advisor.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Communication degree in the School of Communication Studies are prepared with transferable competency sets that enable them to work in a variety of organiza- tions. The degree is perfect preparation for a career in corporate training, foreign service, law, politics, la- bor relations, human services, campaign management, event planning, account representation, sales, man- agement, or survey research, to name just a few careers. All told, the major is designed to augment stu- dents’ lives and careers through a clearer understanding of the effects of communication and messages in their professional and personal lives.