Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication

Undergraduate Program

The goal of the major in communication is to prepare students to synthesize, analyze, and criticize major functions, structures, and processes of communication within interpersonal, organizational, and mediated communication contexts. The major is designed to equip its graduates:  (a) to understand the processes involved in human interaction especially as these processes relate to a variety of cultural perspectives, (b) to assess the role and function of new and social media, (c) to identify and critically analyze the major theoretical perspectives in the field of communication, (d) to write and speak clearly using communication concepts, and (e) to develop transferable skills in problem solving in interpersonal interactions, in small group settings, and with diverse populations.

Undergraduate work in communication creates greater awareness of the intricate networks that shape human interaction.  Communication study is designed to prepare students to become human relations specialists in industry, the media, and government as well as for graduate study and further professional education.  Majors most commonly pursue careers in sales, corporate project management, fund raising, corporate recruiting and training, customer relations, public relations, and government.

Students who transfer from community or junior colleges may transfer a maximum of 10 credits in communication for the major.  Such credit will not replace any required course unless it is so evaluated by the department.

Admission to a Second Bachelor's Degree Program or an Additional Major

Ordinarily, students will not be permitted to pursue additional majors and second bachelor's degree majors in the Department of Communication. Students seeking admission to a second bachelor's degree program or an additional major must meet the requirements for admission as a junior to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in  Communication

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Communication major is met by completing any one of the following courses:  Communication 425, 440, 475.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. b. (3) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Communication (18 to 24 credits):
    (1) A required cognate in the behavioral and social sciences that consists of six courses from at least three of the following five departments:  Anthropology, Economics, Human Development and Family Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
    b. The following Communication courses (30 to 45 credits):
    (1) A grade of 2.0 or higher must be achieved in each of these courses:  Communication 300 (4 credits), 225 (3 credits), 240 (4 credits), and Communication 275 (3 credits); each of these 4 courses must be completed prior to enrolling in any 300–400 level Communication courses.
    (2) Communication 391 (4 credits), a course emphasizing topics in culture and diversity.
    (3) One of the following communication specializations (7 credits):
    Interpersonal:  Communication 325 and 425.
    Mass Media:  Communication 375 and 475.
    Organizational:  Communication 340 and 440.
    The completion of the four–hundred level course in any one of the specializations satisfies the capstone/synthesis requirement for the communication major.
    (4) Communication electives:  additional credits in Communication courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 30, but not more than 45, credits in courses in the major.

Students should meet with their academic advisors concerning the minimum and maximum numbers of elective credits available to them at various stages in their programs.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship approved by the Department of Communication whether for university credit based on academic eligibility standards or on a voluntary, non–credit basis.  The department will make every effort to assist communication majors in finding appropriate internship placements.

Students who are enrolled in the communication major are encouraged to structure their programs to include courses in one of the following  concentrations:  business, telecommunication, mediation and dispute resolution, culture and diversity theory and research, or prelaw.

Students who pursue a concentration in business must complete the following courses: Accounting 230, Economics 201 or 202, General Business and Business Law 323, Management 325, and Marketing 327. Students should contact their academic advisors for additional information.