Communications Studies (BA)


The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication Studies uses a project-centered approach to develop student understanding of and skill in the use of digital audio, video, print and web-based media. It also provides an ethical and theoretical context for communication.

Two minors are also available. The Sports Communication minor to give students a solid foundation for succeeding in the growing field of multimedia sports journalism and sports media relations. Visit the Sports Communication minor catalog page for more information. The Multimedia Journalism minor gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the field of journalism. The minor produces graduates who are multifaceted in their skills and prepared for entry-level positions with media outlets. Visit the Multimedia Journalism minor catalog page for more information.

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    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication Studies (120 credits)

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    The Communication Studies major is required to:

    1. Complete a total of 36 credit hours in Communication Studies (CST), excluding CST 1010, only 12 of which may be from independent studies (Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in CST at Detroit Mercy.).

    2. Complete at least 15 of those 36 credit hours in courses at the 3000/4000 level.

    3. Submit a portfolio in the senior year.

    Required Courses (12 credits)

    • CST 1110 Mass Communication (3 credits)
    • CST 1120 Visual Communication (3 credits)
    • CST 3000 Mass Media Ethics (3 credits)
    • CST 4990 Capstone Seminar: Media Social Responsibility (3 credits)


    One Course from Each of the Following Three Categories (9 credits):

    Research (3 credits)

    Relational Communication (3 credits)

    • CST 2040 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
    • CST 3040 Small Group Communication (3 credits)
    • CST 3140 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

    Writing (3 credits)

    • CST 2030 News Writing and Reporting I (3 credits)
    • CST 2230 Electronic Media Writing (3 credits)
    • CST 3240 Feature Writing (3 credits)
    • CST 3400 Public Relations Writing (3 credits)
    • CST 4210 News Editing, Design and Management (3 credits)

    Electives - Choose five courses (15 credits):

    Choose at least five additional CST courses (15 credits). Three CST courses (excluding CST 3000 and CST 4990 which are required) must be at the 3000-4000 level. 

Program Contact Information

Cynthia Langham, M.A.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Studies

Briggs Building, Room 119
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1697
Fax: 313-993-1166