Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)32nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)5Goal 3 Humanities3
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 3 Natural Science3
COMS 130 or 131 (Goal 2.2 Communication, Major Requirement)23Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
 17 15-16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
COMS 232 (Major Requirement)4, 53COMS 230 or 331 (Major Requirement)4, 53
COMS 210, 238, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)4, 53Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
COMS 230 or 331 (Major Requirement)53COMS 356 (Major Requirement, BA Quantitative Reasoning)33
COMS 235 (Major Requirement)3COMS Elective 300+ from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)53
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS Elective 300+ from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)53COMS Elective 300+ from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)53
COMS Elective 300+ from Secondary Concentration (Major Requirement)53COMS 496 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course.  

2

The COMS 130/COMS 131 requirement can also be fulfilled by exemption.

3

COMS 356 is required for the major and requires admission to the major in order to be able to enroll.

4

The Communication Studies department requires completion of admission criteria in order to be admitted to the major. Review admission requirements here.

5

The Communication Studies major requires that students choose a primary and secondary concentration within the major. This plan displays the required courses for a primary concentration in Rhetoric, with an open choice for the secondary concentration. Note: the secondary concentration courses must be chosen from the same concentration area for both the breadth and depth of discipline requirements.

Refer to the Degree Requirements tab for more information, or contact your advisor.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.