May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, B.A.


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The Academic Program in Communication

Grounded in both the humanistic tradition and contemporary social science, communication courses strive to combine theoretical knowledge with skill development. Advanced coursework provides opportunities to study human communication across numerous contemporary contexts.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students will:

1)  Describe theories, principles, practices, findings, and historical trends of the communication discipline.
2)  Apply the acquired knowledge of the discipline to real-world applications and practical contexts of human communication.
3)  Demonstrate mastery of writing for unique audiences, purposes, channels, and contexts, using standards for the course of study.
4)  Demonstrate mastery of creation and delivery of oral messages, using established standards of effective communication across targeted contexts.
5)  Research and analyze findings for the course of study, using critical thinking skills.
6)  Apply ethical standards in communication situations.
7)  Demonstrate communication competence across various contexts and diverse communities.  

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)


Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 40


Elective Courses (24 Credits)


Complete 24 credits within Department of Communication

Department Notes


  • A maximum of 20 credits is allowed at the 100 and 200 levels.
  • A minimum of 20 credits must be at the 300 and 400 levels.
  • Students must achieve minimum competency of C- for a communication course to count toward the major.
    • A student is allowed two chances to complete this requirement with COMN 100 .
  • Except for slot courses with different course subtitles, courses count only once for credit toward the major.
  • No more than 4 internship credits (COMN 495 ) may be applied to the communication major.
    • These credits can be split across two or more internships.
    • COMN 395  internship credits are S/U graded and will only be applied toward the 120 credit hour requirement of the College.
    • A maximum of 15 credits of internship can be used toward your degree.

Department Writing Requirement


Successful completion of all major courses will fulfill the department writing requirement.

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.

Outline/Advising Guide


For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year


Fall (16 Credit Hours)


Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Second Year


Fall (15 Credit Hours)


COMN 100-level requirement or track requirement Credit(s): 3
COMN track course Credit(s): 3
Foreign Language Credit(s): 3
R/ Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Third Year


Fall (15 Credit Hours)


COMN track-requirement or Elective Credit(s): 3
COMN track course Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (15 Credit Hours)


COMN track course Credit(s): 3
COMN 300-level track-or Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Fourth Year


Fall (15 Credit Hours)


COMN 300-level track or Elective course Credit(s): 3
COMN 300-level track or Elective course Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (12 Credit Hours)


COMN 300-level track or Elective course Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 120


All Communication elective courses should be selected under advisement.

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult with their academic advisors for additional information and guidance.

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