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Majors must complete a minimum of 36 hours of course work in communication, 18 of which must be upper division (3000 level or higher). Only courses with grades of C- or better count toward the major, and the overall major GPA must be 2.5 (a C- is 1.700). The degree code is COMN, but the course code for this program is COMM.

Curriculum Details

1.      COMM 1210   Perspectives on Human Communication—3

2.      COMM 1300   Public Speaking—3

3.      COMM 1600   Group Interaction—3

(9 credits)


4., 5. Two of the following:

  • COMM 2360   Campaigns and Revolutions—3

  • COMM 2400   Discourse, Culture and Identities—3

  • COMM 2500   Interpersonal Communication—3
  • COMM 2600   Organizational Communication—3
  • COMM 2650   Business and Professional Communication—3

(6 more credits)

15 lower level cumulative


6. COMM 3210  Human Communication Theory—3

7. COMM 3300  Rhetorical Foundations of Communication—3


8. One methods course:             

  •  COMM 3740   Qualitative Research Methods—3
  • COMM 3750   Quantitative Research Methods—3
  • COMM 3760   Rhetorical Criticism—3


9. 10. At least two additional upper-division (3000-level or above) COMM electives:  

  • Includes COMM 3000, 3310, 3320, 3340, 3370, 3410, 3420, 3510 3610, or 3700—3  

*For students accepted into the major for fall 2016 and later, three elective 3000-level COMM courses will be required.


11. One senior seminar:  

  • COMM 4220   Functions of Communication —3
  • COMM 4300   Rhetoric—3
  • COMM 4510   Interpersonal Communication—3
  • COMM 4600   Organizational Communication—3
  • COMM 4610   Communication Studies of Science & Technology—3

(At least 18 cumulative upper level credits)


12. One additional COMM elective, any level, 3 credits.

(total 15 lower, 18 upper, 3 any level= 36 credits)

The department encourages its majors to take related courses in: anthropology; business; English; ethnic studies; history;  linguistics; philosophy; political science; sociology; speech, language and hearing sciences; theater and dance; and other departments in CMCI. Explore CU-Boulder majors » 

The department also encourages participation in optional programs such as study abroad, internships and graduating with honors.

Up to 6 hours of internships may be taken; these are upper-division elective hours but do not count toward major requirements.

Eligible students interested in graduating with department honors should contact the department’s honors coordinator as soon as possible.

Students who wish to major in communication or speak to an advisor should attend a CMCI Information Meeting. Meeting time/dates can be viewed here.