Jun 19, 2021  
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, B.A.

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120 Credit Hours

*Must include a minor from outside the program.

General Education Requirements - 43 Credit Hours

Communication majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  as set out in the General Education Program .

General Education Recommendations

  • Fine Art Requirement: Communication majors are well-advised to take THE 2212 - Theatre Appreciation  in order to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement of the General Education program.
  • Global Studies Requirement: In light of the unique interdisciplinary approach in the School of Communication and Media towards studying all manifestations of human communication, the faculty strongly recommends that students majoring in Communication take JEM 3123 - International Cinema  to fulfill the Global Studies requirement of the General Education curriculum.
  • Social Science Requirement: Communication majors should carefully consider taking COM 3563 - Introduction to Communication Research  to fulfill the Social Science requirement of the program.

Required School of Communication and Media Courses - 9 Credit Hours

Required Communication Courses - 12 Credit Hours

Communication Electives - 12 Credit Hours

Students must choose 12 credit hours of communication electives from any of the courses below:


Students may choose to emphasize a particular area of study within the field of Communication. Working with his or her academic advisor, students may craft optional emphases in Communication Studies, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric and Culture, or Speech Communication.

Communication Program Liberal Arts Requirement

The faculty of the Communication Program believes that a strong foundation in the liberal arts tradition is essential for a robust education in the field of Communication. Therefore, students majoring in Communication must complete an additional 3 credit hours in one of the following options:

Option A:

One of the following natural science courses:


(The natural science course taken as part of the student’s General Education Requirement cannot also fulfill this requirement).

Option B:

Option C:

Graduation Showcase

Students majoring in Communication are required to participate in a Graduation Showcase in the spring of their senior year of study. This Showcase will highlight a particular project that the student has previously prepared for a Communication class. It may consist of a paper presentation in poster format, a debate, a speech, or other appropriate project as approved by the faculty, but must include evidence that the student’s work has advanced beyond the initial assignment to expand the project and display it as capstone work. We advise students to maintain a portfolio of papers, debates, and presentations from all of their Communication classes to have a ready source of work from which to draw for the Showcase. The Communication faculty will assess the student work entered into the Graduation Showcase. Failure to meet a passing grade by the majority of the faculty committee may result in a postponement of graduation.


*A minor and 40-41 additional credit hours are required to meet the 120 total and the 42 upper-division credit hour requirements.

Sample Degree Plan

Communication Degree Plan 

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