Communication (BS)

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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.

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 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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 43
COMM 303Introduction to Communication Technologies3
COMM 304Argument In Everyday Life3
COMM 305Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM 315Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 316Research Methods3
Select one of the following courses:3
Independent Research in Communication
Senior Communication Internship
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning
Senior Practicum
Select one of the following coures:3
Advanced Speech Communication
Debate
Select one of the following: 103
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 above6
Minimum Total Hours48
Supporting Courses
Statistics/Quantitative Methods3
Select one of the following: 6
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 53
Select one of the following: 7
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Archaeology of Human History
Sex, Gender and Culture
Race, Culture, Identity
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
Introduction to Latin American Studies
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 Sciences Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment, or Health 53
Select one of the following: 8
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
Human Anatomy & Physiology-S
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)9
Minimum Electives 99-11
Minimum Total Hours27-29

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
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning
Senior Practicum
1

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements. Candidates for the BS will complete three (3) WR courses, the two required by the College and one of the following: COMM 320, COMM 323, or COMM 344. 

4

Fulfills General Education requirement

5

In addition to courses counted toward General Education. 

6

 Or another statistics elective approved by an advisor

7

 Or another Social Science elective approved by an advisor

8

 Or another Natural Sciences elective approved by an advisor

9

Some credit hours from the General Education Requirements may be satisfied by courses that also satisfy program requirements, in which case additional electives will be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. 

10

The course taken to satisfy this BS major requirement may not be used to satisfy the College WR requirement. Students in the BS degree program must complete three (3) WR courses. 

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
COMM 201 Introduction to Communication 3
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 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
 Hours16-18
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
COMM 111
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speaking
or Interpersonal Skills
3
Communication Elective (200 level or above) 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 Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Communication Elective (300 level or above) 3
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 (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Natural Science Elective in Human Behavior, Development, Environment, or Health 3
General Elective 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
Select one of the following: 3
Independent Research in Communication
Senior Communication Internship
Special Topics in Communication Service Learning
Senior Practicum
Communication Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121-124

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.