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Communication

The Department of Communication

Communication Major (B.A.)

The program objectives for a B.A. in Communication are linked to five key areas: 1. Performance: Students will demonstrate competence in producing messages for different purposes, audiences, and contexts. 2. Analysis and Critical Thinking:  Students will analyze, interpret and evaluate messages across various forms and contexts. 3. Knowledge: Students will know the development of communication studies from its rhetorical roots through social scientific perspectives to contemporary critical approaches. 4. Ethics: Students will articulate ethical principles and apply them in diverse communication contexts. 5. Mediated Communication: Students will understand the impact of media forms on communication processes.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (12-16 hours)

The Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (33-37 hours)

1. Major Core (6 hours)

All students must take COMM 2100 and 2381 (included in the University General Education Program). A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for all courses completed in the major. In addition, all students must fulfill the requirements for one of the following concentrations:

2. Concentrations (27-31hours):

a. Communication Studies (31 hours): COMM, 2101, 3001, 3100, 3330, 4381; PLUS three courses from ONE of the following Focus Areas: Organizing & Relating (COMM 3322, 3341, 4011, 4012, 4014, 4340, 4341, 4342, 4363, 4373, 4375, 4380), Rhetoric & Political Communication (COMM 3321, 3322, 3341, 3360, 3361, 4013, 4340, 4360, 4364, 4365, 4380) or Media & Culture (COMM 1851, 3003, 3322, 3800, 3820, 3821, 4014, 4811, 4850, 4851, 4853, 4854, 4856, 4858); PLUS 6 additional hours of COMM electives.

b. Film and Video Production (27-29 hours): COMM 3823, 3824, 3842; three of 4822, 4824; 4825, 4841, 4842, 4891, 4960, or 4970; two of: (Selection may not include course used to satisfy core) COMM 3003, 4220-29, 4850, 4851, 4853, 4854, 4856, or 4858.

D. Electives (12 - 20 hours)

Completion of courses to bring the total to 120 semester hours.

E. Honors Program

To be eligible for admission to the Communication Honors program a student must meet the following requirements: (1) declare a major in Communication, (2) have completed 12 hours of Communication coursework, (3) have Department of Communication faculty member as an adviser, and (4) make an honors application to the adviser. Applications may be obtained from the director of the honors program or from the department office.

To be awarded departmental honors at graduation with the designation “With Honors in Communication,” a student must fulfill the following requirements: (1) maintain a 3.5 GPA in communication coursework, (2) maintain a 3.5 GPA overall, (3) complete all Department of Communication major requirements, (4) complete an independent thesis or an independent film/video project sponsored by a Department of Communication faculty member consisting of six hours over two semesters: three hours in research preparation (COMM 3330, 4381, or 4891), and three hours in completing the thesis project (COMM 4999), and (5) successful defense of the thesis.

Communication Minor

Any student wishing to minor in any area in the Department of Communication should see the department chair who will assign an appropriate advisor. The minor must consist of at least 18 hours of approved coursework, 9 of which must be upper division. Coursework for all minors will be determined by the student in conference with the advisor with the approval of the department chair.

Typical 4-Year Film and Video Production Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 COMM conc. elective 3
Elective 3 ENGL 1020 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Foreign Language/B.A. (or elective)** 3 Foreign Language/B.A. (or elective)** 3
Elective 3 COMM 2100 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs     15 hrs

Sophomore Year

COMM 2381 3 COMM 3824 4
COMM 3823 4 COMM conc. elective 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
MATH* 3 Elective 3
History* 3 History* 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3    
       
Semester Totals 19 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

COMM 3842 4 COMM conc. elective 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   13 hrs

Senior Year

COMM conc. elective 3 COMM conc. elective 3
Fine Arts/B.A. 3 UD elective 3
Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4 Humanities/B.A. 3
UD elective 3 UD elective 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
    Elective (if needed) 1
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   16 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Students presenting a language to meet University admission requirements cannot receive credit for 1010 in that language.

Typical 4-Year Communication Studies Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 COMM 2100 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 ENGL 1020 3
Foreign Language/B.A. (or elective)** 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Elective 3 Foreign Language/B.A. (or elective)** 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

COMM 2381 3 COMM 3001 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2101 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
MATH* 3 Elective 3
History* 3 History* 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Junior Year

COMM 3001 3 COMM 3330 4
COMM Focus Area Course 1 3 COMM Focus Area Course 2 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
UD elective  3    
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   14 hrs

Senior Year

COMM Focus Area Course 3 3 COMM 4381 3
Fine Arts B.A. 3 UD elective 3
Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4 UD Humanities/B.A. 3
COMM  elective 3 COMM elective 2 3
UD Elective 3 UD elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

* Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Students presenting a language to meet University admission requirements cannot receive credit for 1010 in that language.