Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Mass Communication

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 93

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5092 phone

504-520-7919 fax



communication studies



Communication Studies majors must complete 128 total semester hours of coursework with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and no grade lower than a "C" in major courses. Students must complete 6 hours of service-learning designated courses in their major (3 hours must be at the 1000- or 2000-level and 3 hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level).

Lower-level Courses (15 hours)

(Majors must complete CMST 1000 and CMST 1010/1011H before taking any other CMST course. CMST 1000, CMST 1010/1011H, CMST 1400 or CMST 1500 or CMST 2080, CMST 2010, and CMST 2180 must be completed prior to taking any upper-level course.)

  • CMST 1000 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • CMST 1010 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
    CMST 1011H Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Honors)
  • CMST 1400 Interpersonal Communication or
    CMST 1500 Intercultural Communication or
    CMST 2080 Health Communication
  • CMST 2010 Performance of Literature
  • CMST 2180 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism

Upper-level Courses (15 hours)

  • CMST 3010 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CMST 3020 Introduction to Communication Studies Research
  • CMST 3030 Race, Culture, and Communication
  • CMST 3040 Small Group Communication
  • CMST 4900 Communication Studies Capstone*

*satisfies the University's senior comprehensive exam requirement

Additional Courses (12 hours)

Majors choose 3 hours of MSCM or SPTH courses from the following menu:

  • MSCM 1200 Principles of Visual Media
  • MSCM 1210 Engaging Digital Media
  • SPTH 1320 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SPTH 2310 Phonetics
  • CMST 3000-/4000-level (9 hours)

Majors choose any 9 hours of CMST courses at the 3000- or 4000-level from the following menu of courses offered in rotation among Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies:

  • CMST 3050  Family Communication
  • CMST 3060  Introduction to Performance Studies
  • CMST 3070 Persuasion
  • CMST 3075 Special Topics in Communication Studie
  • CMST 3080 Gender and Communication
  • CMST 3133 (PSCI 3133) Mock Trial and Debate
  • CMST 4010  Advanced Intercultural and Interethnic Communication
  • CMST 4020  Relational Communication
  • CMST 4030.  Performance of Everyday Life
  • CMST 4040 Methods of Group Performance
  • CMST 4050  Rhetoric of Race, Class and Gender
  • CMST 4060  African American Rhetoric and Culture
  • CMST 4075  Seminar in Communication Studies
  • CMST 4131, 4132, 4133 Independent Study


Communication Studies Degree Plan

Communication Studies Curriculum Summary

Minor in Communication Studies – The minor consists of 18 hours of course work in Communication Studies to include: CMST 1000; any 6-hours in CMST at the 1000-/2000-level; CMST 3030; and any 6 hours in CMST at the 3000-/4000-level. Any CMST course that is used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum requirement for Oral Communication is included in the required 18 hours of CMST course work.