Dec 07, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies Major, B.S. (Storytelling Concentration)

Department Information

Department of Communication and Performance
PO Box 70667
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7676
Web Address:

The communication studies major prepares students for work in a broad range of fields that require the ability to work with diverse populations and lead others, articulate ideas and arguments effectively, and critically analyze messages. The skills garnered from the communication studies major easily translate into careers in law, government, health administration, patient educator, family/patient advocate, social service, the ministry, public relations, sales, training and development, management, human resources, community liaison, customer relations, and the business world at large. Communication Studies majors are natural candidates for work in social justice, civic engagement, and diversity/equality efforts. Students will develop their skills as rhetorical critics and social scientists in the study and understanding of human communication. The department also provides a teacher education major in communication studies that requires 36 credits and a teaching minor that requires 24 credits.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website and call (423) 439-5602. For more information or any questions about the program contact Dr. Wesley Buerkle by email ( or phone, (423) 439-7579.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Wesley Buerkle
(423) 439-7579


Dr. Amber Kinser
(423) 439-7577

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in Communication Studies should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Amber Kinser, Department Chair at or (423) 439-7676.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Total Major Requirement 36 credits
Core 15 credits
Concentration 21 credits
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 18-25 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CMST-BS (Storytelling Concentration)   

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.


Communication Studies Requirements: 36 credits

Communication Studies Core Requirements: 15 credits

Primary Skills Elective: 3 credits

Choose three credits from the following:

Professional Development Elective: 3 credits

Choose three credits from the following:

Storytelling Concentration Requirements: 21 credits

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 18-25 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.