General Education and Electives
Most study abroad locations offer coursework that can apply towards the General Education Program requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Humanties, Historical Perspectives, Fine Arts, Foreign Civilization & Culture, and foreign languages are some of the most common "gen-eds" that students complete overseas. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires that all majors acquire either fourth-semester competency or the departmental equivalent in a foreign language. Study Abroad is authorized to approve GEP courses, so please consult your study abroad advisor for information about the approval process.
Taking elective courses abroad is exciting because you have the chance to explore a topic you might never be able to study in the U.S.
Communication Studies Major Requirements and Electives
Because there is only one required course in the Communication Studies major, you have many options for fulfilling your degree requirements. Study abroad is a great way to take courses in your emphasis area or to earn Communication Studies elective credit.
The Core Concepts course, 36:001, must be taken at the University of Iowa after you have completed the initial 30 semester hours required before declaring the Communication Studies major. These 30 semester hours are usually general education requirements taken during your freshman year. If you are a second-semester sophomore or a junior who has not declared Communication Studies as your major, you will need to speak to your academic advisor as soon as possible if you wish to study abroad and graduate in four years because requirements for the Communication Studies major cannot be completed in fewer than four semesters. You will need to be quite certain that you are meeting Communication Studies requirements through the courses you take abroad, or you may require extra time to finish your degree.
Study abroad is an excellent opportunity for Communication Studies majors to fulfill foreign language requirements or to pursue a minor in a language. A minor, or a second major, in a foreign languages is an excellent supplement to your Communication Studies degree, and the department highly encourages this route. Also, there is no better way to learn a language than complete immersion!
The Communication Studies department greatly encourages students to pursue internships abroad. The benefits to you are enormous—for one thing, you will get out of the classroom and into society while still earning major credit toward your "practice" requirement. Internships — particularly abroad — add so much to your resume, that potential employers will give you more consideration than they otherwise might. Those reasons are just for starters. Be sure to consult the Communications Studies academic adviser to learn about the requirements for an overseas internship that will earn major credit!