Nov 29, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Communication, BA

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The Communication major is designed for students interested in professional and organizational communication, as well as those who intend to continue their education with graduate school or law school. The department offers two tracks within the Communication major: Communication & the Law and Communication Leadership. The Communication & the Law track offers courses that deal with argumentation, debate, persuasion, propaganda, political communication and mass communication law. The Communication Leadership track prepares students for communication strategy and leadership within an organization.

Degree Program Requirements

A student wishing to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 37 credits from the department’s course offerings. Included among these 37 credits are eight core courses required for all Communication majors:

Department Track Requirements

Although the media are interrelated, students should develop an in-depth knowledge of at least one specific field. To that end, students majoring in Communication must select a track, or area of study, within the department. Although the department expects students to enroll in multiple courses within their chosen track, each track has two required courses:

Communication Curriculum

   Department and Number - Descriptive Course Title Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

 MAJOR  COMM 109 - G/S/P Skill Set  — COMM 115 - (EPW) Writing for Communication   1 3
 MAJOR  COMM ELECT - Communication Elective3   3
 GE FREE ELECT  GE FREE ELECT - GE Free Elective 3  
 GE WRTG-SPCH/DIGITAL  COMM 108 - (FYW) Essential Writing Skills 1 — EP Foundations Elective (FYOC/FYDT) 3 3
 GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Electives 3 3
 GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  — T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
 GE FSEM  First Year Seminar 2                 
    13 15

Second Year

 MAJOR  COMM 210 - (EPW) Logical and Rhetorical Analysis     3
 MAJOR  COMM 215 - Introduction to Communication Theory   3  
 MAJOR  COMM 250 Principle Communication Competencies     3
 MAJOR  COMM 315 - The Art of the Pitch   3  
 GE FREE ELECT  GE FREE ELECT - GE Free Electives 3 3
 GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL 210 - Ethics  — T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
 GE QUAN - S/BH  QUAN ELECT - Quantitative Elective — S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective 3 3
    15 15

Third Year

 MAJOR  COMM 316 - Communication Ethics  — COMM ELECT - Communication Electives3 3 3
 MAJOR  COMM ELECT – Communication Electives3 3 3
 GE FREE ELECT  GE FREE ELECT – GE Free Electives 3 3
 GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL ELECT - Philosophy Elective or T/RS ELECT - Elective 3  
 GE NSCI  NSCI ELECT – Natural Science Electives 3 3
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT – Free Electives 3 3
    18 15

Fourth Year

 MAJOR  COMM 415 - Senior Seminar   3  
 MAJOR  COMM ELECT - Communication Elective3   3
 GE FREE ELECT  GE FREE ELECT - GE Free Electives 3 6
 GE HUMN - S/BH  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective — S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective 3 3
 GE FREE ELECT  GE FREE ELECT - GE Free Electives 6 3
    15 15

Total: 121 Credits

1The Department of Communication & Media prefers students fulfill (FYW) requirements by completing COMM 108 .  However WRTG 107  or WRTG 105  and WRTG 106  may be substituted.

2The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement. Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester. Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

3All Department of Communication & Media courses listed COMM 101-499 are acceptable as Communication Electives for fulfillment of degree requirements.