B.A. Course Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from NC State, a student must satisfactorily complete 39.00 semester credit hours of Communication concentration coursework within the 123.00 credit-hour total requirement. 

Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical and the Public Relations concentrations majors are required to take the courses listed below as part of their required Communication course credit hours:

  • COM 110 − Public Speaking (3.00 credit hours) 
  • COM 230 − Communication Theory (3.00 credit hours)
  • COM 240 − Communication Inquiry (3.00 credit hours)
  • COM 250 − Communication and Technology (3.00 credit hours)


Media concentration majors are required to take four of the five courses listed below as part of their required Communication course credit hours: 

  • COM 110 − Public Speaking (3.00 credit hours)
         or COM 112 − Interpersonal Communication (3.00 credit hours)
  • COM 230 − Communication Theory (3.00 credit hours)
  • COM 240 − Communication Inquiry (3.00 credit hours)
  • COM 250 − Communication and Technology (3.00 credit hours)


Students are strongly encouraged to take COM 230, COM 240, and COM 250 in sequential order. 

All majors must complete at least 12 hours of Communication courses within the concentration at the 300 and 400 levels. Each concentration defines the exact number of 300 and 400 level courses required for graduation, with a minimum of 6.00 credit hours of Communication courses at the 400-level. Students are advised to carefully review their concentration requirements in consultation with their assigned advisor. 

Curriculum Guides

Each concentration has specific courses that satisfy the degree requirements. These requirements are outlined in the Communication Undergraduate Advising Handbook [PDF: XXm] as well as the NC State Registration and Records Curriculum Requirements site (see specific concentration links below).

Prerequisite classes may be required before enrolling in certain upper-level courses based on concentration requirement. Students are expected to understand and follow all requirements in planning their courses. In some, but not all cases, instructors may waive prerequisites if students can provide convincing evidence that they are prepared for the advanced work in a specific upper-level course. Instructors do not consider students' desires to graduate at a particular time a valid reason to waive prerequisites. If students find that the concentration they prefer has a prerequisite structure that necessitates they remain at NC State longer than they would prefer, they should choose another concentration.

In addition to the curriculum above, students must take additional courses that meet NC State University's General Education Requirements as well as courses that meet the Humanities and Social Sciences requirements.

Quick Links

 NC State Registration and Records Curriculum Requirements for Com B.A. Concentrations
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Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical 
          •  Public Relations
          •  Media