Concentrations: Advocacy Studies, Cultural Communication, Generalist, Health Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication Studies, Organizational Communication Studies, Public Relations Studies

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: SCOM 121, 122 or 123, Fundamental Human Communication

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 100, 105, 110 or 115
  • RBC equivalents: SPCH 101 or 201
  • NOTE: SCOM 121, 122 or 123 is a prerequisite for SCOM 240 and 241. See notes below.

JMU Course: SCOM 242, Presentational Speaking

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: May also transfer as SCOM 122

JMU Course: SCOM 248, Intercultural Communication

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 229
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: SCOM 320, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 126
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: SCOM 340, Principles and Processes of Interviewing

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 125
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: SCOM 344, Oral Interpretation

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 137
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242 or MTH 245
  • RBC equivalents: Mathematics 217
  • NOTE: Required for the B.S. degree. See note #3.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Once admitted to JMU, students must declare the communication studies major and register for SCOM 240 and 241 (must be taken concurrently). Admission to the SCOM major is based on availability to the most qualified students as determined by performance in SCOM 240 and SCOM 241.
2. No more than 9 credits of SCOM courses (including SCOM 240 and 241) taken at JMU before being accepted to the major may be counted toward the major once accepted.
3. Students must earn a C or better in all degree requirements. MATH 220 (statistics) is required as one of the math courses for the B.S. degree.
4. Students pursuing a BA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
School of Communication Studies   
Advising guides by community college   
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Communication Studies

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