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General Education Requirements

The General Education curriculum is much more than "required courses."

True, Gen Ed courses are required of Longwood students. These courses are required of all of our students because Longwood University firmly believes that the foundation of a classic liberal arts education is critical to the school's mission to "develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society." According to our Dean, Dr. Chuck Ross, "a classic liberal arts and sciences education gives students the foundation to fulfill their roles as citizen leaders, and adapt to the changing world in which we live."

More information about the General Education Goals 1-15, and the courses you can take to satisfy these goals can be found in the current Undergraduate Catalog.


Whether you are entering our program as a freshman, or transfer student from another school or department, the Communication Studies program will challenge and reward you.

Why should I study Communication?

Maybe you already know you want to be a PR whiz, or a TV mogul-if you do, great! We're ready for you. Maybe you don't have a career choice yet, but you know you want to give yourself some options. If this is the case, Communication Studies is a great choice.  Regardless of the career you enter, your future employers will demand that you have excellent communication skills.

Why should I study Communication at Longwood?

Our program provides the best of both worlds.

  • The department is big enough that we can offer a diverse Communication Studies curriculum that allows you to specialize in an area of interest.
  • At the same time, Longwood is small enough that you won't get lost in the shuffle, or be a nameless face in an auditorium full of people. Your faculty will know you, and you'll know them.

Is your program difficult?

Yes. Although you will get plenty of experience in giving presentations, and making evidence-supported, reasoned arguments in class--it's more than just talking. We require all of our majors to complete professional internships and write a research based thesis as part of senior seminar.

If you're up to the challenge, we'd love to have you as part of our community of scholars.


What If I Want to Study Marketing or Advertising, or Graphic Design?

Many Comm majors choose Graphic Design or Business Administration as their minor. Other students choose to major in these areas and obtain a minor in Communication Studies. Both scenarios provide an outstanding educational experience and career preparation for our students.