The program requires a minimum of 36 credits (maximum 51credits) in the major.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Basic Requirements for Communication Studies Majors

  1. Complete your general education requirements. Complete them as early in your college career as possible. In some cases, a student may benefit from spreading out his/her general education classes over a longer period of time.
  2. Complete your major. You should not exceed 51 “Com” credits as any Com credits over 51 will be counted on top of the 120 credits required for graduation. For example, if you take 54 “Com” credits, you will have to graduate with 123 credits, when all you need is 120..
  3. Complete 120 credits with at least 42 of those credits at the 300 or 400 level. The total of 42 may be counted from your major, electives, a minor or general education credits as long as they are 300 or 400 level courses.

Options Beyond the Basics

  1. Complete a minor and/or even a second major.
  2. Explore internship opportunities later in your college career. (Internships are a main indicator of future job placement.) Departmental and full-time internships (up to 15 credits) are handled through the Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) ( Selected students may intern in Communication Studies (COM471/472 as Speaking Center Peer Mentors). All other internships are handled through CCEE.
  3. Explore study abroad programs. Communication Studies students often report that studying abroad was the highlight of their college career. Be sure to seek approval for all courses to be taken abroad before you leave. Retroactive approval can be difficult, if not impossible.
  4. Get involved in student organizations, student government, URI Debate, URI-TV, WRIU,Lambda Pi Eta (the Communication Studies Honors Society), the URI Speaking Center, or off-campus activities (for example, volunteer at shelters, literacy projects, environmental groups, social or political groups, etc.). In addition to their intrinsic worth, these affiliations always supplement and strengthen your resume when you are seeking an internship and employment.
  5. Maintain an updated worksheet for Communication Studies majors– copies are available online and in the main office.