Bachelor of Arts in Communication

General Education Requirements

(53 credits)

             College Competencies (24 credits)

                        ENWR1101   Academic Writing
                        ENWR1102   Academic Research & Writing
                        Speech/Professional Communication
                        Quantitative Analysis
                        Math or Technology or Statistics
                        Ethical and Moral Analysis
                        COMM2443   Ethics in the Media
                        Scientific Analysis
            Liberal Arts Distribution  (21 credits)
                        Social and Behavioral Sciences
                        COMM1000   Digital Storytelling
                        COMM2025   Communication Theory
                        Art and Culture
            University Requirements (8 credits)
                        UNIV1001   Transitioning to University Life
                        UNIV1002   Preparing for Professional Life
                        UNIV2001   Cross-cultural Perspectives 
                        UNIV2002   Global Issues


Major Requirements

(33 credits)

Required Major Courses (9 credits)

COMM2101   Professional Communication 
COMM3101   Investigating Comm: Rsrch Methods*
COMM3500   Senior Communication Seminar**

*Course should be taken during the 7th semester

**Course should be taken during the 8th semester

Theme Group Electives (12 credits)

Students must select one course from each theme group

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

Communication Electives (12 credits)



(15 credits)

Free Electives

(19 credits)


(120 credits)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

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

SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in Speech.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering.

MATH, TECHNOLOGY or STATISTICS:  Students will take 3 credits of an upper level math course at a level higher than the course fulfilled in Quantitative Analysis:  either MATH 1105, 1107, 1201, 2202, 2243, or 2337, or one of the following courses:  ENGR 1301, ENGR 2286, ENGR 3000, CENG 1205/EGTC1205, CENG 1245/EGTC 1245, EGTC 3261, EGTM 2230, EGTM 2232, CSCI 1105, CSCI 1201, any CSCI courses above 1201, any INFO prefix, or PSYC 2201.  Students must fulfill any applicable prerequisites for a course before taking it. In addition, they can take either MATH2337 or PSYC2201, but not both in their course of study since MATH2337 and PSYC2201 cover many similar topics.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions.  For Communication majors, this course will be COMM2443, Ethics in the Media.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science from BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, MBIO, or PHYS.

LANGUAGE:  If a student is beginning a new language, Elementary II (1102) is required to fulfill the 3 credit language requirement. If the student is taking a language previously studied, successful completion of Intermediate I (2103) fulfills the requirement. The student taking a previously studied language must take the placement test. If the placement score is above the Intermediate I level, the student is excused from the language requirement and will need to replace those 3 language credits with a free elective.

ARTS AND CULTURE:  Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, or EPS 1201.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  Take six credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI. For Communication majors this requirement will be satisfied by the required major courses COMM1000 Digital Storytelling & COMM2025 Communication Theory.

HUMANITIES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.


THEME GROUPS (12 CREDITS) One course from each theme group is required.

THEORY GROUP (3 Credits)

COMM1106 Interpersonal Comm

COMM2204 Understanding Human Comm

COMM3216 Myth, Symbol and Media*

COMM3295 The Right to Know*

WRITING GROUP (3 credits)

COMM2833 News Reporting*

COMM2835 Feature Article Writing*

COMM2685 Scriptwriting for TV, Film & AV*

COMM3295 Theories of the Press: The Right to Know *


COMM1131 History of Graphic Design & Illustration

COMM1170 Advertising Design

COMM2321 Advertising Principles

COMM3348 Broadcast Advertising

COMM3362 Advertising Campaigns


ART1135 Cinema I:  The Director’s Vision

ART1136 Cinema II:  Themes in Film

COMM1101 Mass Media: Image, Sound & Text

COMM1175 Computer Animation I

COMM2648 Basic Video Editing

COMM2659 Broadcast News*

COMM2673 Basic Video Production

COMM2743 History of Film: Special Topics

COMM2745 Introduction to Film

COMM3668 Television News:  The Big Issues

* indicates course prerequisites.

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVES (12 credits)  Any Communication course can fulfill the elective requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a one-semester internship during their junior or senior year.