Undergraduate Degree - Communication

Program:
Communication
Program Code:
1378 Communication
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
Department of Communication


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication

Undergraduate Program
Communication

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.

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Communication, BA (1378)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Communication - Core
Major - Communication - Core: 5 courses from COM225, COM240, COM275, COM391, COM300
Conditions:
Major - Communication - Core: No more than 1 course from COM391 in Requirement(s) 11
A minimum grade of 2.0 for COM300, COM225, COM240, COM275 in Requirement(s) 11

Requirement 12: Major - Communication - Pair
Major - Communication - Pair: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from COM340, COM440
2 courses from COM375, COM475
2 courses from COM325, COM425

Requirement 13: Major - Communication - Electives
Major - Communication - Electives: 5 credits from additional Communication courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 30 but not more than 45 credit in courses in the major.
Conditions:
Major - Communication: No more than 31 credits from Maximum 100-200 level Courses in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18
Major - Communication: A student can earn no more than 31 total credits at the 100-200 level between Major Requirements 13 and 14 and Elective Requirement. (Applies to Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18)

Requirement 14: Major - Communication - Behavioral Science Cognate
Major - Communication - Behavioral Science Cognate: 6 courses from A required cognate in the behavioral and social sciences totaling 18 to 24 credits from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
Conditions:
Major - Communication: No more than 31 credits from Maximum 100-200 level Courses in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18
Major - Communication: A student can earn no more than 31 total credits at the 100-200 level between Major Requirements 13 and 14 and Elective Requirement. (Applies to Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18)

Requirement 15: Major Distribution - Communication - Behavioral Science Cognate
Major Distribution - Communication - Behavioral Science Cognate: The required number of courses from 3 of the following sets of courses
1 course from HDFSthe required distribution of the behavioral and social science cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY and SOC.
1 course from PSYthe required distribution of the behavioral and social sciences cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
1 course from SOCthe required distribution of the behavioral and social sciences cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
1 course from ECthe required distribution of the behavioral and social sciences cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
1 course from ANPthe required distribution of the behavioral and social sciences cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.
1 course from PLSthe required distribution of the behavioral and social sciences cognate with coursework from at least three of the following departments: ANP, EC, HDFS, PLS, PSY, and SOC.

Requirement 16: College Distribution - Credits Outside of CCAS
College Distribution - Credits Outside of CCAS: 60 credits from courses given outside the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.

Requirement 17: College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level
College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level: 40 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 18: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Conditions:
Major - Communication: No more than 31 credits from Maximum 100-200 level Courses in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18
Major - Communication: A student can earn no more than 31 total credits at the 100-200 level between Major Requirements 13 and 14 and Elective Requirement. (Applies to Requirement(s) 13, 14, 18)

Requirement 19: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.