Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Communication Studies.  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 207 or 232 (Major Requirement)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
COMS 210, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)3COMS 207, 210, 232, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)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 235 (Major Requirement)3COMS 356 (Major Requirement, BA Quantitative Reasoning)33
COMS Elective 300+3COMS Elective 300+ (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
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Ethical Communication Behavior course53COMS Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
COMS Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3COMS 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)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Total Hours 120-123

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. 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.