BA in Communication

Degree Program Description

Communication students navigate rich environments using communication theories and models, critically evaluate messages and arguments, and effectively advocate their values, beliefs, and opinions using communication principles. Graduates are able to create persuasive messages for a variety of contexts using verbal and nonverbal, written, and mediated communication. The curriculum for the degree covers four main areas: interpersonal, mass media, organizational, and political communication. Students are asked to specialize in one area but are required to explore two additional areas. Interpersonal and family communication focuses on communication processes in family and personal relationships. The mass media area studies theory and research related to media content and use, media effects, and audience reception. Students in this area have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in digital production. Organizational communication focuses on the various ways in which we produce, enact, and generally conduct our lives in various organizational contexts. Political communication studies the communicative activity of citizens, political figures and campaigns, government institutions, and social movements. Professional internships and two undergraduate organizations are offered and student participation is strongly encouraged. A degree in Communication is not intended to provide specific vocational training, but to prepare students for professional opportunities requiring active communication skills. Recent graduates have found careers in sales, public relations, marketing, advertising, promotions, political consulting, corporate communications, event planning, social media, media production, law, education, and public policy.

Major Program Requirements

The major in communication includes a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours in communication courses. Each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Students must also complete College of Arts and Sciences and University requirements, including University general education requirements.

Major core requirements
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
COMMUN 3050Survey of Communication Studies3
Total Credits6

Areas of Focus

In addition to required courses, a student must select one of four areas of focus. Students must complete 12-18 hours in one area of focus including one of the core courses in that area (*). The student must take one course in two of the three other areas of focus. A course may only count once toward meeting these requirements. Students must have at least one 4000+ level course in the major. (Areas of Focus will not appear on transcripts or diplomas.)

Interpersonal Focus:
COMMUN 3422Communication Research Methods3
COMMUN 3441Nonverbal Communication *3
COMMUN 3470Culture as Communication3
COMMUN 3525Conflict and Communication3
COMMUN 3561Relational Communication *3
COMMUN 3571Group Decision Making Processes3
COMMUN 4412Gender, Language, and Communication3
COMMUN 4415Language and Discourse3
COMMUN 4440Ethical Issues in Communication3
COMMUN 4520Family Communication3
COMMUN 4530Health Communication3
COMMUN 4474Theory and Research in Persuasion3
Organizational Communication Focus:
COMMUN 3422Communication Research Methods3
COMMUN 3460Organizational Advocacy *3
COMMUN 3470Culture as Communication3
COMMUN 3525Conflict and Communication3
COMMUN 3571Group Decision Making Processes3
COMMUN 3575Business and Professional Communication3
COMMUN 3580Crisis Communication3
COMMUN 4412Gender, Language, and Communication3
COMMUN 4440Ethical Issues in Communication3
COMMUN 4474Theory and Research in Persuasion3
COMMUN 4476Organizational Communication *3
Mass Media Focus
COMMUN 2100Media Communication in Society *3
COMMUN 3310Message Design and Writing for the Media3
COMMUN 3390Digital Production I3
COMMUN 3395Digital Production II3
COMMUN 3422Communication Research Methods3
COMMUN 3490Mass Media Theory3
COMMUN 3636Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication3
COMMUN 4473Political Communication *3
COMMUN 4474Theory and Research in Persuasion3
COMMUN 4618Television Program Analysis and Criticism3
COMMUN 4628Children, Adolescents and the Media3
COMMUN 4638New Technologies and Communication3
Political Communication
COMMUN 3422Communication Research Methods3
COMMUN 3470Culture as Communication3
COMMUN 3572Argument and Advocacy3
COMMUN 3575Business and Professional Communication3
COMMUN 3580Crisis Communication3
COMMUN 4412Gender, Language, and Communication3
COMMUN 4440Ethical Issues in Communication3
COMMUN 4473Political Communication *3
COMMUN 4474Theory and Research in Persuasion3
COMMUN 4481Principles of Rhetoric3
Electives (beyond 30 hours)
COMMUN 3570Performance of Literature3
COMMUN 4940Internship1-99
Potential options for each area of focus depending on specific topic:
COMMUN 2701
COMMUN 2703
COMMUN 2705
Topics in Communication - General
and Topics in Communication - Behavioral Science
and Topics in Communication - Humanities/Fine Arts
9
COMMUN 3701
COMMUN 3703
COMMUN 3705
Topics in Communication-General
and Topics in Communication-Behavioral Sciences
and Topics in Communication-Humanities
5-9
COMMUN 4701
COMMUN 4703
COMMUN 4705
Topics in Communication-General
and Topics in Communication-Behavioral Science
and Topics in Communication-Humanities
3-9
COMMUN 4996H
COMMUN 4997H
Honors in Communication
and Honors in Communication
2
COMMUN 4960Directed Reading1-3

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGLSH 1000 or MATH 11003Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science with Lab* 3-5
Humanities Course*3Humanities Course*3
Behavioral Science Course*3Elective or Minor Course3
American Government Requirement (Social Science Course)3ENGLSH 1000 or MATH 11003
Elective Course3COMMUN 12003
 15 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Foreign Language or Elective3-5COMMUN 30503
Behavioral Science Course (1000+)*3Foreign Language or Elective3-5
COMMUN 2100 (or Communication Course)3Social Science Course*3
Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course (Math Reasoning Proficiency)*3Humanities Course (1000+)*3
Humanities Course (Writing Intensive)*3Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course*3
 15-17 15-17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Elective or Minor Course3Communication Course**3
Foreign Language or Elective3Elective Course3
Social Science Course (1000+)*3Elective Course3
Communication Course**3Elective or Minor Course3
Communication Course**3Communication Course**3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Communication Course**3Communication Course (4000+)3
Elective or Minor Course Course3Elective or Minor Course3
Communication Course**3Elective or Minor Course3
COMMUN 4940***3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Additional Elective Hours to Reach 120 credits (If Necessary)3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120-126

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