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


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 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.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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