Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Communication Studies

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 298

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5087 phone

504-520-7982 fax



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Communication Studies majors must complete 120 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 CMST courses (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 1080 or CMST 1400 or CMST 1500, 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 1080 Health Communication
    CMST 1400 Interpersonal Communication or
    CMST 1500 Intercultural Communication or
  • CMST 2010 Performance of Literature
  • CMST 2180 Introduction to Cultures and Rhetorics

Upper-level Courses (12 hours)

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

*satisfies the University's senior comprehensive exam requirement

Upper-level Electives (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 3040  Small Group Communication
  • 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 3125 Science 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

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.

Honors in Communication Studies – Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 will graduate with an honors distinction in Communication Studies by completing a minimum of any three CMST courses with a total of 9 credit hours with a combined GPA in all CMST courses of 3.5 or higher. At least three of these hours must be completed at the 3000-level or higher. This distinction and its criterion of a 3.5 GPA in Communication Studies applies to all students, including students majoring and minoring in Communication Studies. To be eligible, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.