University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Communication Studies B.A. - Interpersonal and Family Communication

Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies; Interpersonal and Family Communication Concentration

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core Courses12
Upper-Division Core Courses6
Interpersonal and Family Communication Concentration27
Total Hours45


Degree Specific Credits: 45

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: To graduate with a degree in Communication Studies, the student must complete 36 COMX  credits with 18 of those credits in courses numbered 300 or above. For the Interpersonal and Family Communication concentration, students must complete an additional 9 credits in allied courses to reach 45 total degree credits. A maximum of 6 credits in COMX 312  and a maximum of 6 credits in COMX 398 may count toward a major in Communication Studies.

Lower-Division Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communications3
COMX 220SIntroduction to Organizational Communication3
COMX 240HIntroduction to Rhetorical Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 6 total credits required.


Complete one of the following courses:3
Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
Research Methods
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Writing

Complete one of the following courses:3
Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism
Communication in Personal Relationships
Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
Communication and Technology
Risk, Crisis, and Communication
Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
Rhetorical Construction of Women
Health & Family Communication
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Interpersonal and Family Communication Concentration

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 30 total credits required.

Major Courses

Complete five of the following courses:15
Nonverbal Communication
Family Communication
Relationships and the Brain
Gender and Communication
Communication and Conflict
Communication and Conflict-Writing
Communication in Personal Relationships
Intercultural Communication
Health Communication
Social Interaction and Human Well-Being
Special Topics (Relating Through Food)
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Allied Courses

Complete three of the following courses:9
Anthropology and Global Health
Culture & Society
Culture and Identity
Culture, Health, and Healing
Anthropology of Gender
Intimate Relationships
Forgiveness & Reconcilia
Seminar in Human Development
Developmental Psychology
Fundamentals of Psychology of Aging
Child Development
Child & Adolescent Psych Disorders
Psychology of Family Violence
Social Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Child Abuse/Child Welfare
Social Gerontology
Race, Gender & Class
Gender and Society
Sociology of the Family
The Community
Sociology, Psychology, and Social Structure
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Major Electives

Complete 3 additional COMX credits to achieve a total of 36.3

Minimum Required Grade: C-