B.A. in Communication and M.A. in Media and Professional Communication

General Education Requirements

(47 credits)

            College Competencies (21 credits)
                        ENWR1101   Academic Writing
                        ENWR1102   Academic Research & Writing
                        Oral Communication
                        SPCH____     Interview Methods & Tech
                        Quantitative Analysis 
                        Ethical and Moral Analysis
                        COMM2443   Ethics in the Media 
                        Scientific Analysis 
            Liberal Arts Distribution  (18 credits)
                        Language and Culture
                        Social and Behavioral Sciences
                        Art and Humanities
          University Requirements (8 credits)

                        UNIV1001   Transitioning to University Life
                        UNIV1002   Preparing for Professional Life
                        UNIV2001   Cross-cultural Perspectives 
                        UNIV2002   Global Issues


Minor (15 Credits)

Major Requirements

(55 credits)

Required Major Courses (24 credits)

COMM1000   Digital Storytelling
COMM2025   Communication Theory
COMM2101   Professional Communication 
COMM3101   Investigating Comm: Rsrch Methods*
COMM3500   Senior Communication Seminar**
COMM6021   Writing Across Media Platforms 
COMM6041   Media Theory 
COMM6050   Understanding New Media

*Course should be taken during the 6th or 7th semester

**Course should be taken during the 8th semester

Theme Group Electives (12 credits)

Students must select one course from each theme group

Theory Group 
Writing Group
Broadcast, Film & Video Group
Advertising/Public Relations Group

Communication Electives (22 credits)


5th Year Graduate Courses

(21 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

COMM6017    Building a Professional Website
COMM6022    Graduate Research Methods     
COMM6042    Capstone Experience  

Electives (15 credits) (COMM6000 or above)


(141 credits)

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

ORAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit SPCH course.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with mathematics and statistics with application to everyday problems.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. For Communication majors, COMM4443: Ethics in the Media is recommended.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:  This requirement can be satisfied by one of four options: traditional language courses with significant cultural elements, LANG course listings under “Language and Culture Studies,” language-based study abroad, or the six highest ESL/ESP credits for non-native English speakers.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

ART AND HUMANITIES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Art (visual or performing), English Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, or Religion.

DISTANCE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS:  All University students are required to complete one (1) on-line distance learning course during each academic level (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year) of matriculation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  The combined B.A. in Communication and M.A. in Professional Communication is open to communication majors admitted to the University. After completing the first 64 credits at the undergraduate level, including at least 9 credits in communication courses, students who have a minimum grade point ratio of 3.00 are eligible to continue in the upper-level of the combined program if they comply with the requirements for the M.A. program. Applicants must:

  • Complete the application form for the M.A. in Professional Communication program during the junior year.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a writing sample.
  • Arrange a personal interview with the program director.
  • Submit a GRE or GMAT scores by the fall semester of the senior year.

A minimum of 141 credits is required for the combined degree program (120 credits for the B.A. program and an additional 21 graduate credits for the M.A. program).