BS Three-Year Degree Plan

The three-year degree plan was created to demonstrate that it is possible for you to graduate in six regular and three summer semesters with a degree in socio-political communication. However, a three-year degree plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial coursework is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer

Also, a three-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 – 18 semester hours is recommended; you will apply for admission to the degree program after your third semester.

This degree program can be completed in 6 regular and 3 summer 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 315; COM 322; COM 328; COM 332; COM 350; COM 379; COM 439; COM 550; COM 566; 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)

Total hours16
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 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
COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication 1

Second semester (spring)

Total hours18
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
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours10
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
General Education - Natural World 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours18
COM 210 Communication Research Methods 3
COM 315 Public Speaking II 3
General Education - Self Understanding 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours15
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3
COM 379 Writing for Public Relations 3
PLS 316 Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups 3
Minor course 3
COM 566 Social Movement Communication 3

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours9
Minor course 3
Minor course 3
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours18
COM 439 Techniques and Cases in Public Relations 3
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3
Upper division minor course 3
Minor course 3
COM 328 Persuasion 3
COM 550 Political Communication 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours16
COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications 3
MED 580 Media in Politics 3
COM 300 Careers in Communication 1
Upper division minor course 3
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production 3
MED 454 Media Analysis and Criticism 3

Ninth semester (summer)

Total hours5
COM 495 Communication Internship 1-6
Elective 2
COM 499 Program Assessment 0

This is a comprehensive major, which does not require a minor. Note that a minor is possible within the 9-semester framework. Consult with an advisor.