The department’s undergraduate courses approach communication as a liberal art that blends theory, analysis and practice and cuts across the humanities and social sciences.

These courses provide students with the resources to understand how communication processes create our social worlds, the abilities to analyze those processes and the practical skills to communicate in their professional, personal and civic lives.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication provides the intellectual and practical skills to understand communication as both a way of seeing how the world works and as a set of tools for changing it.

The BA in Communication provides a broad-based liberal arts degree designed to foster students’ abilities to understand, analyze, and effectively engage in a wide range of communication practices. It fosters critical thinking about the ways that symbols and interactions contribute to social problems and solutions to them, to identities and differences, to organizations and work, to personal relationships and groups and to experience and meaning across cultural settings.

At the same time, the major provides instruction and practice in the skills of effective communication and collaborative problem-solving that employers are looking for—speaking, writing, reading, listening, asking good questions, utilizing media and working in groups. The mix of theory and practice gives students the tools to improve communication performance and critical awareness of it across many situations.

Required courses and credits

Starting fall 2019.

Required Courses

COMM 1210 Perspectives on Human Communication 3
COMM 1300 Public Speaking 3
COMM 1600 Group Interaction 3
COMM 3210 Human Communication 3
COMM 3300 Rhetorical Foundations of Communication 3

Lower-Division COMM Electives

Select at least two of the following: 6
COMM 2320 The Craft of Argument  
COMM 2400 Discourse, Culture and Identities  
COMM 2500 Interpersonal Communication  
COMM 2650 Business and Professional Communication  

Methods Course

Select one of the following: 3
COMM 3740 Qualitative Communication Research Methods  
COMM 3750 Quantitative Research Methods  
COMM 3760 Rhetorical Criticism  

Senior Seminar

Select one of the following: 3
COMM 4220 Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication  
COMM 4300 Rhetoric  
COMM 4510 Interpersonal Communication  
COMM 4600 Organizational Communication  
COMM 4610 Communication Studies of Science & Technology  


Two upper-division electives (3000- or 4000-level COMM courses) 6
One lower- or upper-division COMM elective  3

Total credit hours: 36

Please see the course catalog for more information.


Need help or still have questions?

View the CMCI advising page for more information on applying, or contact CMCI Advisors via email.

CMCI Advisors
Stadium 110A & 110C 
University of Colorado Boulder
College of Media, Communication and Information
Boulder, CO 80309-0478

Jamie Skerski, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies
 Office: Hellems 80