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These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- Communication Department courses are offered in a variety of formats, including 8 and 16 week online classes and in person classes. Not all classes are offered in all formats. Talk to a major advisor for more information.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 39 COMM credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 upper-division (3000-level and above) COMM credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the major and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to major requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 COMM credit hours, 15 of which must be upper division, with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- Communication majors may complete up to six credit hours of COMM 3939 Internship.
- A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses may be applied to the major.
- Students may transfer in up to 21 COMM credits.
- In addition to required Communication courses, students are required to take seven elective courses (21 hours), which may consist of classes chosen from any combination of Communication Pathway and Inquiry and Analysis courses.
- community service and public affairs
- global and intercultural communication
- health communication
- media and cultural studies
- strategic communication
|Complete the following required courses:||15|
|Presentations and Civic Life|
or COMM 2050
|Communication and Communities|
|Introduction to Media Studies|
|Communication, Citizenship, and Social Justice 1|
|Researching and Writing in Comm|
|Complete a minimum of seven courses (21 credit hours) in Communication (COMM) electives. At least 12 credits must be taken upper-division (3000 level or higher).||21|
|Complete at least one of the following exit courses: 2||3|
|Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice|
|Advanced Strategic Communication|
|Communication, China, and the US|
|Health Communication and Community|
|Rhetorics of Medicine & Health|
|Digital Health Narratives|
|Queer Media Studies|
|Senior Seminar: Transitioning from College to Career|
|Thesis and Project Practicum|
|Global Study Topics (Travel Study)|
Students studying at the International College at Beijing will take COMM 2021 instead of COMM 2020.
Exit courses include a High Impact Practice, such as: experiential and service learning, collaborative learning, writing-intensive assignments, global education, a focus on diversity and inclusion, and/or a project-based capstone class.
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