Human Services and Communication Studies, BA

The intersection of communications studies and human services practices spans several domains. Nonprofit organizations depend on communications professionals to effectively represent their work to the community, partner organizations, and funders. Knowledge and skills developed in communications studies also service human services professionals working in the political realm as they seek to promote impactful social policies.

The human services major is designed to prepare students for careers in social change by providing them with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research. Students will develop a holistic understanding of preventative and reactive responses to social inequality and an understanding of how to impact change at the individual and structural levels. Students engage in an integrated educational program that emphasizes experiential approaches to learning through service-learning, co-op, and internship opportunities.  

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Human Services Requirements

Human Services Overview
HUSV 1101Human Services Professions4
HUSV 2300Counseling in Human Services4
HUSV 3570The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change4
HUSV 3700Research Methods for Human Services4
HUSV 3900Introduction to Social Policy4
SOCL 3440Sociology of Human Service Organizations4
HUSV 4994Human Services Internship6
Human Services Electives
Complete two additional HUSV courses.8

Communication Studies Requirements

Communication Studies Common Requirements
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
or COMM 2301 Communication Research Methods
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Cluster Course
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Writing-Intensive Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation Theory
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Communication Studies Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Legal Argumentation, Advocacy, and Citizenship
Social Movement Communication
Communication and Storytelling
Social Networks
Producing for the Entertainment Industry
Sound Production for Digital Media
International Communication Abroad
Advocacy Writing
Advertising Practices
COMM 3534
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Digital Editing for TV
Special Topics in Media Production
Directed Study
Independent Study
Internship in Communication


Communications Capstone Option
Complete one of the following:4
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life
Online Communities
Complete one additional HUSV elective.4
Human Services Capstone Option
HUSV 4700Senior Seminar in Human Services4
Complete one course in the following range:4
COMM 3000 to COMM 4999

Integrative Course

HUSV 3590Nonprofit Communications4

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required