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

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
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 207 or 232 (Major Requirement)3
COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Oral Communication, Major Requirement)13Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
COMS 210, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)3COMS 235 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Major Requirement)3
COMS 207, 210, 232, 244, or 246 (Major Requirement)3COMS 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 3 Social Science3COMS 356 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, Major Requirement)3
COMS 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Ethical Communication Behavior Course33
COMS 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
COMS 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3COMS 300+ Elective (Major Requirement)3
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23COMS 496 (Major Requirement)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours 120

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.