BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The socio-political communication degree may be easily completed in four years or eight semesters. However, the four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

Suggested course sequencing: 15 – 17 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. You will apply for admission to the degree program after your third semester.

This degree program can be completed in eight semesters. (All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.)

*Save artifacts for assessment portfolio: COM 300; COM 315; COM 322; COM 328; COM 332; COM 350; COM 360; COM 379; COM 439; COM 550; COM 580; PLS 316

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Choose one of the following: CIS 101; CSC 101; CSC 111; pass competency exam 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
General Education - Natural World 4

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication 1
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education - Culture and Society - Humanities 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
General Education - Natural World 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 315 Public Speaking II 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
COM 328 Persuasion 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
PLS 316 Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups 3
Minor elective 3
Minor elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 360 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3
COM 379 Writing for Public Relations 3
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3
Writing II 3
Minor elective 3
Minor elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
COM 439 Techniques and Cases in Public Relations 3
COM 300 Careers in Communication 1
Minor elective 3
COM 550 Political Communication 3
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 499 Program Assessment 0
MED 580 Media in Politics 3
Elective 3
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
Minor elective 3
Elective 3

This is a non-comprehensive major requiring a minor or second major.