BA in Communication

Revised Fall 2010

Departmental Guidelines:

Three-Track Communication Major = 36 credit hours
Personal & Professional Communication
Journalism and Media
Intercultural and Critical Studies
I. Required Courses: 12 credit hours of coursework is required for all tracks.
Required Courses
Required Courses
Required Courses
COMN 102: Principles of Public SpeakingCOMN 102: Principles of Public SpeakingCOMN 102: Principles of Public Speaking
COMN 103: S/Introduction to Interpersonal CommunicationCOMN 103: S/Introduction to Interpersonal CommunicationCOMN 103: S/Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COMN 160: S/Intro to Mass CommunicationCOMN 160: S/Intro to Mass CommunicationCOMN 160: S/Intro to Mass Communication
COMN 248: Perspectives--Organizational CommunicationCOMN 107: Foundations of Media WritingANTH 120: S/Language and Culture
II. Track Courses: 15 credit hours of coursework must be selected from courses in your declared track.
Track Courses
Track Courses
Track Courses
COMN 200: Theory & Practice--Public RelationsCOMN 251: Mass Media & SocietyCOMN 213: Persuasion & Social Influence
COMN 203: Professional Public SpeakingCOMN 253: Media AdvertisingCOMN 215: American Public Address
COMN 211: Discussion & Group DynamicsCOMN 266: Radio ProductionCOMN 317: Intercultural Communication
COMN 212: Theory & Practice of ArgumentCOMN 267: Television ProductionCOMN 346: Conflict, Negotiation, & Mediation
COMN 341: Public Relations Case ProblemsCOMN 275: News & Specialized WritingsCOMN 353: Advertising as Social Communication
COMN 345: Theories of Interpersonal CommunicationCOMN 277: Online JournalismCOMN 355: Contemporary Problems--Freedom of Speech
COMN 346: Conflict, Negotation, & MediationCOMN 355: Contemporary Problems--Freedom of SpeechCOMN 362: International Mass Communication
COMN 349: Advanced Issues in Personal & Professional Communication: [subtitle]COMN 363: Advanced Television ProductionCOMN 368: Research in Media & Cultural Studies
COMN 380: Communication ResearchCOMN 366: Mass Media ManagementANTH 220: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
 COMN 367: Television NewsANTH 231: S/Sociolinguistics
III. Elective Courses: 9 additional credit hours of Communication Department courses (COMN prefix) must be selected in consultation with your advisor.

 

NOTES:

  • Freshmen entering the major must select their track no later than the pre-registration period of the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students who transfer into the major must select their track during the first pre-registration period following entry into the program.
  • Students must achieve minimum competency of C- in COMN 102, 103, 107, 160, 248, ANTH 120. If a student does not earn at least a C- on the second taking of the class, she/he will not be permitted to continue the major.
  • With the exception of slot courses with different course subtitles, courses count only once for credit toward the major. COMN 349 may be taken twice under different subtitles.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours (4 courses) must be at the 300-level. Courses may be chosen from track or elective categories.
  • Students wishing to complete two tracks must choose a minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework (three courses) exclusive to the second track, and meet all requirements of the track. A maximum of two tracks of study may be pursued.
  • Students must complete the departmental writing requirement by successfully completing designated writing assignments in COMN 103 and COMN 160.
  • A minimum of 36 hours of credit is required for the degree program and a maximum of 51 credit hours in Communication may be applied to the 120 credit hour requirement of the College.
  • A maximum of 15 credit hours may be earned in COMN 395 and INTD 395
  • Up to a maximum of 3 credit hours of COMN 395 may be applied to the communication elective category (category III) and a maximum of 15 credit hours of COMN 395 may be applied to the 120 credit hour requirement of the College.

 

Department Writing Requirement
The following writing requirement applies to COMN 103 and COMN 160. All communication majors and minors must complete the departmental writing requirement by successfully completing with at least a C- the designated writing assignments identified in course syllabi. Those students who do not earn at least a C- must revise and resubmit the work until the minimal requirement is achieved. The grade for a revised paper will not replace the original paper’s grade when determining the final grade for the class. Failure to meet the C- minimum on all the designated writing assignments will result in an incomplete for the course grade. Upon completing the necessary work, the grade will be changed to the appropriate grade for the work done by the student. All rules and deadlines regarding incomplete grades are in effect during this time.

 

Career Opportunities
Graduates in communication often attend excellent graduate programs or pursue careers in the media and corporate settings. Graduates can be found as sales representatives, in the legal profession, as television newspersons, in management settings, on the radio, practicing public relations, conducting market research, or in academics. Ethical and skillful communication is important to success in all organizational settings; hence, communication graduates find diverse opportunities available to them after graduation.