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Undergraduate Program Goals

In recent years the faculty has tried to answer the question, “What should Communication Studies majors know when they’ve finished a degree?” The response to this question has two levels. The first level consists of cognitive goals constituting general objectives that relate to the comprehension and understanding of materials relevant to human communication. The second level consists of applied goals that follow directly from the cognitive objectives.

Undergraduate Program Goals

Requirements for Admission into the B.A. Program

At WVU, the B.A. Program in Communication Studies is both difficult and rewarding. While only about half of students applying to the program are accepted, those accepted students benefit from a rigorous and intimate program of study that prepares graduates for success in today’s Information Economy – literally, an economic and corporate environment based on the creation and facilitation of messages and connections between people and organizations. The main requirements for admission to the B.A. Program are:

  • a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • having completed COMM 201 and COMM 203
B.A. Communication Studies Admission Requirements

B.A. Communication Studies Application Form

B.A. students minoring in another area

The B.A. in Communication Studies is an inherently-interdisciplinary degree that often can be complimented with a minor in a variety of other majors at WVU. For B.A. students looking to minor in another field, please complete the form below.

Intent to Declare Minor


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application