BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Communication Studies

Suggested course sequencing: 15 – 17 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. You will apply 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 325; COM 336; COM 350; COM 405.

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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 hours15
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
The Arts - General Education 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Natural World - General Education 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
Humanities - General Education 3
Language I 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Language II 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
Language III 3
PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
3
Minor Elective 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3
COM 325 Nonverbal Communication 3
Writing II - General Education 3
COM 315 Public Speaking II 3
Language IV 3
The Arts - General Education 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
COM 336 Communication in Organizations 3
Natural World - General Education 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
Minor Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
COM 405 Interpersonal Communication 3
Elective 1
Social & Behavioral Science - General Education 3
Fine Arts II 3
Minor Elective 3
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
COM 499 Program Assessment 0
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
COM 300 Careers in Communication 1
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Electives 5
Minor Elective 3
Minor Elective 3

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