Sep 25, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Studies (B.A., B.S.)

33 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

Electives (12 hours)

The remaining 12 hours in the major are to be selected from any courses with a CMST prefix. Three courses (9 hours) must be upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses. 


A maximum of 6 hours total of CMST 376: Instructional Training, CMST 491: Independent Study, and CMST 494: Internship may count in the hours of the major.

CMST 101 may not be counted in the total hours required for a Communication Studies major.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

Related Programs:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

Secondary Education - Communication Studies Education specialization (B.S.Ed.)

See Secondary Education-Communication Studies Education specialization (B.S.Ed.)  for requirements.