Communication (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Communication requires:

  1. Completion of COMM 201 with a minimum grade of C
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  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 and Sciences Advising Center website.

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
Some other courses approved as options for satisfying program requirements (e.g., MATH 109) 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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 112
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 Hours19

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Communication
COMM 201Introduction to Communication 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 elective at 200 level or above3
COMM electives at 300 level or above9
COMM electives at 400 level or above3
COMM CUE course (see list below)3
Minimum Total Hours36
Supporting Courses
Statistics/Quantitative Methods3
Select one of the following: 5
Business Statistics
Communication and Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Statistics in Health and Human Performance-QR
Introduction to Social Statistics
Research Methods in Pan-African Studies
POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Social Science Elective in Human Behavior 93
Select one of the following: 6
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Archaeology of Human History
Sex, Gender and Culture
Crime and Justice in the United States
Law Enforcement in the United States
Corrections in the United States
Race and Place
Black Culture and U.S. Democracy
History of Childhood in America
Women's Health Issues
Social Sciences Special Topics in Latino Studies
Introduction to Pan-African Studies
Social Sciences Special Topics in Pan-African Studies
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Self and Society
Race in the United States
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Women In American Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Natural Science Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment or Health 93
Select one of the following: 7
Human Biological Variation
Biology: Current Issues and Applications
Unity of Life
Diversity of Life
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Chemistry and Contemporary Society
Chemistry for Health Professionals
General Chemistry I
The Global Environment
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Global Environmental Change
Climate Science
Nutrition in Healthy Living
Human Nutrition
Elementary Astronomy
Elements of Physics
Brain and Behavior
Human Biology for Social Sciences
Social Science electives (other than Communication) with 12 hours at the 300 level or above 8, 915
Minimum Electives 1011
Minimum Total Hours35

3 hours of College/School requirement is satisfied in Natural Science requirement in Program/Major supporting coursework.

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
Environmental 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
Rhetoric in Civic Life
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Fulfills General Education requirement.

5

 Or another statistics elective approved by an advisor

6

 Or another Social Science elective approved by an advisor

7

 Or another Natural Sciences course approved by an advisor

8

Only 12 hours needed if statistics requirement fulfilled in a social science discipline.

9

In addition to courses counted toward General Education

10

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Flight Plan 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 1 3-4
COMM 201 Introduction to Communication 3
 Hours16-18
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
COMM 111
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speaking
or Interpersonal Skills
3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Communication Elective (200 level or above) 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 Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 2
 Hours14-15
Spring
COMM 304 Argument In Everyday Life 3
Statistics/Quantitative Methods Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or General Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
COMM 303 Introduction to Communication Technologies 3
COMM 315 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective in Human Behavior 3
 Hours15
Spring
COMM 316 Research Methods 3
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
Communication WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Natural Science Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment or Health Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Communication Elective & WR (400 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Communication CUE course 3
General Elective 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-125

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