College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM101 Communication Analysis 3
Description: Integrated study of the analysis of oral, written, and visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication media. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. CST151 Interpersonal Communication 3
Description: Analysis of communication concepts, processes, and practices in interpersonal contexts, including development of self-concept, other-awareness, culture-awareness, and situational-management of interactions and relationships. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3
Description: Introduces the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examines vocabulary and research methods of communication studies. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. CST111 Fdmtls Of Public Speaking 3
Description: Development of basic skills for creation and delivery of oral messages in public and in small groups. Emphasizes organization and reasoning. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CST201 Rsrch In Comm Studies 3
Description: Surveys primary research areas, methods, and perspectives in communication studies. Emphasizes basic undergraduate research techniques and writing in communication studies. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: COM 101 or COM 200 or CST 111 or instructor's consent.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. LANGUAGE101 Language 101-level Course 4
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CST271 Group Communication 3
Description: Theory and practice of communication as applied to various large and small group contexts. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
3. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3
4. LANGUAGE102 Language 102-level Course 4
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
2. CST300W Rhetorical Criticism 3
Description: Examines classical and contemporary methods of analyzing public discourse. Emphasizes applying critical methods to a variety of persuasive texts. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (COM 200 or CST 201) and Junior Status or higher and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
5. LANGUAGE201 Language 201-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LANGUAGE202 Language 202-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CST4XX CST Elective - 400 level 3 CST4XX Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CST4XX CST Elective - 400 level 3 CST4XX Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
2. CST498C Senior Seminar In Comm Studies 3
Description: Surveys recent research and conceptual trends in communication studies. During the course, you prepare a substantive research project and publicly present and defend your conclusions. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: 15 hours of CST coursework and Senior Status
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
-Option B-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3 GECOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
-Option B-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The primary objective of our communication studies program is to enable you to become an effective participant in a world in which oral, written, and nonverbal communication play major roles. We also offer activities in competitive speaking, oral interpretation of literature, and debating that are open to the entire university community.  

This major in communication studies prepare you to enter professions requiring proficiency in public, group, and interpersonal communication; enter graduate school or professional schools such as law or theology; prepare for a career as a speech teacher–communication educator; use both theory and practice to communicate well not only in your chosen field but also in your personal life; articulate and defend your opinions as an informed citizen in a representative democracy.  

Be aware that some courses in your major may have prerequisites that you must complete before taking those courses. You should create an academic course plan with an advisor and follow the plan to avoid delay in graduation. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for this Communication Studies plan.

Students may choose a minor of at least 18 units from a university approved minors or a certificate of a minimum of 15 units plus one additional 3 unit course for a total of 18 units. The certificate must be reviewed with a communication studies faculty before you begin the coursework.

As gaining experience in this field may be important when pursuing a career you are strongly encouraged to discuss the possibility of an internship with a faculty advisor early in your academic career. Internship credit is earned by completing an approved internship and enrolling in CST 408 before the internship begins.

You must earn a grade of  “C” or better in the School of Communication Core ( COM 101 and COM 200) and Liberal Studies required Foundation Freshman Composition (ENG 105 or equivalent transfer ENG coursework ) and Foundation Mathematics Course.

BE AWARE THAT THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF SELECTING COURSES RESTS WITH YOU. IT IS YOUR FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR COURSE OF STUDY, IN THEIR PROPER ORDER, SO YOU DON’T FIND YOURSELF IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR INELIGIBLE FOR GRADUATION.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Academic Services and Advising
School of Communication Building #16, Room 370
PHONE: 928-523-8055  FAX: 928-523-8056
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu
WEB Page: http://www.nau.edu/sbs/advising

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.