Communication (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Communication (COMMBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Communication

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Department of Communication offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.

A Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree are equally valued. Both offer the students who earn them the opportunity to continue their education at the master’s degree level if they are so inclined. But, the two tracks do tend to hone different strengths. The coursework required for a Bachelor of Arts degree generally allows students to sharpen their oral and written communication skills. The demands of a Bachelor of Science degree include sharpening basic Communication skills as well as developing analytical skills relevant to Communication in a more in-depth manner.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 1,275-77
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BS program in Communication requires:

  1. Completion of COMM 201 with a minimum grade of C;
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; and
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major.

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Communication - SB
Some courses options for meeting other program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements.

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at the 300-level or above 26
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Communication
COMM 201Introduction to Communication - SB 43
COMM 303Introduction to Communication Technologies3
COMM 304Argument In Everyday Life3
COMM 305Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM 315Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 316Research Methods3
COMM 417Senior Communication Internship 3
COMM 302Advanced Speech Communication3
or COMM 319 Debate
Select one of the following: 3
Newswriting
Magazine and Feature Writing
Strategic Communication Writing
COMM elective at 200 level or above3
COMM electives at 300 level or above12
COMM electives at 400 level or above 56
Supporting Courses
Statistics/Quantitative Methods 63
Select one of the following: 7
Elementary Statistics - QR
Business Statistics
Quantitative Analysis - QR
Research Methods in Pan-African Studies
Introduction to Statistics in Health and Human Performance
Contemporary Political Research
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Social Science Elective in Human Behavior 63
Select one of the following: 8
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB
Archaeology of Human History - D2, SBH
Sex, Gender and Culture
Race, Culture, Identity
Crime and Justice in the United States - SB
Law Enforcement in the United States - SB
Corrections in the United States - SB
Race and Place
Black Culture and U.S. Democracy
History of Childhood in America - D1, SBH
Women's Health Issues - D1, SB
Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB
Social Sciences Special Topics in Latino Studies
Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB
Social Sciences Special Topics in Pan-African Studies
Introduction to Psychology - SB
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Social Problems - D1, SB
Introduction to Social Psychology - SB
Race in the United States - D1, SB
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Women In American Culture - D1, SB
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Natural Sciences Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment, or Health 63
Select one of the following: 9
Human Biological Variation
Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S
Unity of Life - S
Diversity of Life
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Introduction to Chemistry - S
Chemistry for Health Professionals - S
General Chemistry I - S
The Global Environment - S
Contemporary Issues in Meteorology - S
Global Environmental Change
Climate Science
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Nutrition in Healthy Living
Human Nutrition
Elementary Astronomy - S
Elements of Physics - B
Physiological Psychology
Human Biology for Social Sciences
Social Science electives (other than Communication) 69
Minimum Electives 109-11
Minimum Total Hours75-77

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree. COMM 111COMM 112, and COMM 115 are not counted in computing the 60 hours for a Communication major.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Independent Research in Communication
Senior Communication Internship
Case Studies in Communication
Health Communication Campaign Planning
Mass Media and Close Relationships
Strategic Communication Campaigns
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning
Senior Practicum
Senior Thesis
Perspectives on Religion and Media
Ethical Problems in Communication
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours13-15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
COMM 111
Introduction to Public Speaking - OC
or Business and Professional Speaking - OC
or Interpersonal Skills - OC
3
COMM 201 Introduction to Communication - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
COMM 305 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
COMM 302
Advanced Speech Communication
or Debate
3
COMM 304 Argument In Everyday Life 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Statistics/Quantitative Methods Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
COMM 303 Introduction to Communication Technologies 3
COMM 315 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective in Human Behavior 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
COMM 316 Research Methods 3
Communication Elective (200 level or above) 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Natural Science Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment, or Health 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Newswriting  
Magazine and Feature Writing  
Strategic Communication Writing  
Communication WR Elective (400 level or above) 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
COMM 417 Senior Communication Internship 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
Communication Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 3
 Hours17
 Minimum Total Hours121-124

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