Communication Studies, B.A.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level with a minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level.
  • ​Minimum 2.0 GPA

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements (MAC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

Major Requirements

Introduction to Communication Studies
Communication and Community
Interpersonal Communication
Communicating Ethically
Communication Theory
Select 21 additional credits of CST electives *

All must be 300 level or above. 6 credits must be at the 400 level.

Counts toward GEC GRD requirement.


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

 Disciplinary Honors in Communication Studies 


  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Senior Honors Project
6 credits of Honors coursework in the major *6
3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area3

Students may choose from an approved Communication Studies Honors course or 300-400-level Contract course


Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Communication Studies; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

Contact Roy Schwartzman at for further information and guidance about Honors in Communication Studies. To apply:

Accelerated B.A. to M.A. in Communications Studies

Application and Admission

Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Communication Studies. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 credit hours earned at UNC Greensboro is required. Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits and may not apply for admission to the AMP before the first semester of the junior year.

Communication Studies has the following additional requirements:

At least 15 credits of undergraduate Communication Studies courses, with an earned 3.5 GPA in these courses. The 15 credits must include CST 300 Communication Theory, with a minimum grade of B. Of the remaining 12 credits, 6 credits must be from among CST 105 Introduction to Communication Studies, CST 200 Communication and Community, CST 207 Interpersonal Communication, and CST 210 Communicating Ethically. Standard application requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) program (i.e., undergraduate transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample, interview).


Admitted students may apply a maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level course work toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, provided that they earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each graduate course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.

As with all graduate students in Communication Studies, courses counted toward the M.A. degree need the prior approval of the Graduate Program Director. Up to, but not more than, 12 credits of graduate courses may be double-counted.  For a course to apply toward both degrees, the student must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.

The M.A. degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work. If the maximum of 12 credits is double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, the student must complete an additional 18 credits of graduate-level course work to complete the M.A. degree. Please see the section below for a full description of the M.A. degree requirements. The following courses have been identified as those that may be counted toward the B.A. and M.A. degrees.  These courses have been chosen because they are well suited to AMP students and because they are offered frequently enough to provide students substantial opportunity to enroll in them.  All courses that lead to the completion of the M.A. degree must be approved with the Graduate Program Director.

The following courses may be counted toward the bachelor's and the master's degrees:

CST 601Engaging Communication Scholarship I3
CST 602Engaging Communication Scholarship II3
CST 605Communicating for Social Change 3
CST 621African American Culture and Identity3
CST 630Communication, Organization, and Democracy3
CST 663Seminar in Relational Communication 3

Substitutions for the above courses require the permission of the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Communication Studies.

Please consult with an advisor to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor's degree program. All degree requirements for the M.A. in Communication Studies remain the same.