** Please note that students have the option of completing the new major requirements.
Students who elect to follow the new major requirements will also be required to
follow the new major’s application requirements and general policies. Information
about the new major may be found here.
Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication requires a total of 34
course units, including a minimum of 14 courses in the major. Three of the major
courses are taken in cognate fields and 11 in communication. Among the communication
courses are two required introductory courses designed to expose students to major
topics in the field, one course in research methods, four intermediate-level courses,
and four advanced courses.
Courses comprising of the major must have been taken for a letter grade (that is,
not pass/fail) and have resulted in a grade of “D+” or higher. Students enrolled
in the College of Arts and Sciences may complete one, but not both, of their required
introductory courses in the summer sections offered through the College of Liberal
and Professional Studies.
Only three major courses may be transferred in from another college or university.
For more information about the policy refer to the section titled
Study Abroad and Transfer Credit.
Students must complete two of the three courses ranging broadly over important parts
of the field. If a student completes all three introductory level courses the third
course may count towards the intermediate requirement.
One Course providing a basic introduction to the principles and techniques
of social research. Open to all students. Recommended for Sophomores, Juniors or
Seniors, but preferably taken in their Sophomore or Junior year. The requirement
can be met in one of three ways:
Four intermediate level lecture courses and seminars that apply communication
perspectives to particular domains of concern, issues or industries, intended for
beginner students in communication. Open to all students. Communication majors must
take 4 courses from 100-200 level courses.)
(Advanced courses— see below—can substitute for intermediate-level courses.) All
communication courses that are numbered between 100 and 200 can count toward the
Four courses that deal with particular research topics, intended for advanced
students in communication. One of these must be a seminar. Advanced courses are
classified as those numbered between 300 and 400. Courses numbered 500–599 may also
be taken by seniors, but only with instructor and School permission.
+ Departmental approval is required.
# A course syllabus must be submitted to the Director of Student Services and Registrar
Three courses from other schools and departments that support a student’s research
interests in communication. In fulfilling the cognate requirement, students may
select courses from three different departments, but no more than a single introductory
class is permitted. Cognates must come from one of the following three clusters:
**At least one course in this cluster must be taken either in Economics or in Business
and Public Policy.
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