Lake Superior State University

Communication: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description


The communication and theatre program offers versatility, nationally award-winning faculty, and excellent preparation for a career or graduate education.

The variety of elective choices allows for program adaptability to better meet future career goals. Culminating in a capstone experience of a communication internship or independent research project, the program provides a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience necessary for success in the communication arts.



Degree Requirements


Requirements: Students must complete, in addition to the general education requirements, one year (8 credits) of a foreign language other than English, the courses specified below (or their equivalents), plus sufficient additional hours of free electives to make up a required total of 124 hours.

Majors in communication must complete one minor in an area to be approved by the chair of the department.

Required Courses (24-25 credits)

  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech, Communication (required as prerequisite for most of the following courses) 3
  • COMM201 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM225 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM280 Understanding Mass Media 3
  • COMM307 Classical/Contemporary Rhetoric 3
  • COMM308 Communication Theory 3
  • INTD399 Internship in Communication** 3
    or
  • INTD490 Senior Directed Study** 3-4
  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I* 3

    or

  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II* 3

Select Additional Elective Courses (39 credits)

  • ENGL306 Technical Writing 3
  • HUMN256 Introduction to Film: Images of Our Culture 3
  • INTD399 Internship in Communication** 3
    or
  • INTD490 Senior Directed Study** 3-4
  • THEA161 Problems in Speech/Drama 1-3
  • COMM210 Business and Professional Speaking 3
  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I* 3
    or
  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II*3
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • THEA309 Speech and Drama Productions 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 3
  • COMM325 Organizational Communication 3
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: the Genre and Theatre in Context 3
  • COMM416 Communication in Leadership 3

A minimum of 12 hours must be from 300 or 400 level courses.
*may select one class for required class and one for elective.
**may select one class for required class and one for elective.

Total Credits: 124



Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.