Studying Communication at Regis

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Regis’ communication program provides foundational understanding of the study of communication (theory and methods) and knowledge in areas such as public, intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication; performance, advertising, public relations, mass media and cultural studies; video production, and new communication technologies.


Choose Regis

Our program and degree are designed for students whose academic, creative and professional interests may be interdisciplinary or wide-ranging. Our majors and minors are required to take theory, research methods, ethics and a capstone course, in addition to an array of other offerings that expand knowledge across the discipline. They also complete an internship or practicum.

Communication majors in Regis College can choose from one of following emphasis areas.

The Public Relations and Civic Engagement track seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to transition from college into a business/professional environment. In alignment with the values of Regis University, the track emphasizes community engagement though volunteerism, service learning, and the Internship program. Students in the track are also exposed to ethical, values-driven theory in the Communication Theory, Persuasion and Argumentation, and Communication Ethics courses. It is the goal of the track to train students to be ethical actors in the business community and to use the skills crafted by the track to support community conscious organizations.

When we study Human Communication, we begin to understand human experiences as systemic, co-created, emergent, narrative and performed. This track emphasizes the processes that constitute our everyday social, family and work lives as well as how we form (and perform) identity, community and culture. Courses tend to focus upon research, critical perspectives and practices regarding interpersonal and intercultural, family, group, community and organizational communication and more.

The goal of the Media & Society track is to educate and guide students so that they may be informed, ethical and creative practitioners, leaders, critics and consumers in the professions and industries of the mass media. With an emphasis on practical application through community engagement, students will have opportunities to write for the Highlander, produce a show for KRCX, or record and mix a live performance among others.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.A. in Communication with the following emphasis areas: Human Communication (HC); Media and Society (MS); and Public Relations & Civic Engagement (PR). Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Lower Division Requirements  (9 credit hours)


COM 300 Professional Portfolio (Every Fall & Spring Semester)
COM 380 Communication Questions, Contexts and Theory (Every Fall & Spring Semester) 
COM 381 Research Methods in Communication (Every Fall & Spring Semester) 


COM 303 American Media Institutions (MS) (Every Fall Semester)
COM 310 Interpersonal Communication (IC) (Every Fall Semester)
COM 306 Intro to Public Relations (PR) (Every Fall Semester)
Total Upper Division Requirements  (30 credit hours)

Required Upper Division Courses from Emphasis Area (12 CR) 


COM 400 Intercultural Communication (IC) (Every Spring Semester)
COM 409 Critical Methods for Visual Communication (MS) (Every Spring Semester
COM 416 Public Relations (PR) (Every Spring Semester) 
COM 427

Communication Ethics (Every Fall Semester)

COM 495 Senior Capstone Experience (Every Spring Semester)
COM 496 Communication Practicum (Every Fall and Spring Semester)
COM 498 Internship in Communication (Every Fall & Spring Semester)

COM 402 Media Aesthetics (MS, PR) (Every Fall Semester)
COM 403

Forensic Participation (Offered Fall & Spring Semesters)

COM 405 Interpersonal Conflict (ICC, PR) (Fall Even Years)
COM 412 Performance of Self & Society (ICC, PR) (Spring Even Years)
COM 413 Strategies of Dialogue (ICC, PR) (Spring Odd Years)
COM 418 Organizational Communication (IC, MS, PR) (Fall Even Years)
COM 419 Performance Workshop: Theatre, Civic Engagement and Social Justice (Fall odd years) 
COM 421 Persuasion and Argumentation (IC, MS, PR) (Spring Even Years)
COM 424

New Communication Technologies (IC, MS, PR) (Spring Even Years)

COM 425

Video Production (IC, MS, PR) (Every Spring Semester)

COM 428 Media and Politics (IC, MS, PR) (Fall Even Years)
COM 430 Music and Audio Technology (MS, PR) (Every Fall Semester)
COM 432

Advertising Theory and Practice (MS, PR) (Spring Odd Years)

COM 440

Gender, Sexuality and Communication (IC, MS, PR) (Spring Even Years)

COM 445

Television Programming and Criticism (MS) (Spring Even Years)

COM 456 The Culture and Politics of Public Memory (IC, MS, PR) (Fall Even Years
COM 464 Film Criticism (MS) (Fall Odd Years)
COM 471  International Communication 
COM 485 

Special Topics in Communication (IC, MS, PR) (No Set Rotation) 

COM 490 Independent Study in Communication (IC, MS, PR) (No Set Rotation)
COM/RCC  Our Networked Lives 
COM/RCC  Rhetoric of Consumption 
COM/RCC  African Americans in Film 
COM/RCC  Global Human Rights/Violence Against Women 
Courses Contributing to Conflict Minor 
COM 413  Strategies of Dialogue (see above) 

How to Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

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