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Communication Studies Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Health Communication, Integrated Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Social Media and Communication Technology, Strategic/Organizational Communication
Pathway: Business and Communications

We prepare skillful communicators at both the theoretical and applied levels. Choose from four areas of emphasis (health, interpersonal or strategic/organization communication and social media and communication technology) — or complete the integrated communication track for a more general focus.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications Exclamation Point
    4
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • General Elective
    4
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • STAT Requirement
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Find people from class/es who live in your residence hall and review class with them
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend Monday Night Lights
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • International students: Participate in international social events

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip
  • Take a language course

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a resume writing class

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • COMM 203 Communication Cornerstones Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    4
16
Spring
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • COMM 201 Communication Theory and Research 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Earn a 4.0 in at least one semester
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Take Student Wellness Ambassador peer certification
  • Spend a day without technology

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • COMM Elective
    3
  • COMM 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
13
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Exercise daily
  • Take a class on healthy cooking
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Join a club sport team
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • COMM Elective
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • COMM 403 Capstone Seminar
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an interview
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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