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

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, Pre-requisite to COMS 356)3COMS 210, 232, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)2,33
COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Oral Communication, Major Requirement)13COMS 238 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science23
COMS 235 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)23COMS 331 (Major Requirement)23
COMS 307 or 330 (Major Requirement)2,33COMS 300+ Elective from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)53Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness 3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3COMS 356 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)43
COMS 300+ Elective from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)33COMS 300+ Elective from Primary Concentration (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3Goal 6 Integration & Creativity3
COMS 300+ Elective from Secondary Concentration (Major Requirement)33COMS 496 (Major Requirement)3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)53Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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


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


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 Political Communication/Social Influence, 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. 


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


Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).  This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor.  If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 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.