Requires 30 hours, at least 12 of which must be at the 300-level. All majors should begin their study of communication with these courses.
|Required Major Courses|
|COM 102||Debate and Advocacy||3|
|or COM 110||Public Speaking|
|COM 220||Empirical Research in Communication||3|
|COM 225||Rhetorical Theory and Criticism||3|
An overall minimum GPA of 2.0 in all communication courses attempted is required for graduation.
The Department of Communication offers its majors the opportunity to concentrate in special areas of study. Communication majors may choose to concentrate in Communication Science, Media Studies, Public Advocacy, Integrated Communication Strategies, or Health Communication. Students may also opt to choose courses across the concentrations as a general communication major.
In addition to the major course requirements, COM 102 or COM 110, COM 220, and COM 225, students who want to declare a concentration must successfully complete five courses within a particular concentration. Students may declare two concentrations within the department. The major course requirements remain in effect for those students, and they must take a minimum of 18, rather than 12 hours at the 300-level. Students may not count courses used to meet the required five courses within a particular concentration to fulfill requirements for a second concentration. A list of courses approved to fulfill the concentrations in Communication Science, Media Studies, Public Advocacy, Integrated Communication Strategies, and Health Communication is maintained by the Communication Department. Students declaring a concentration must do so prior to the beginning of their final semester.
COM 280 is open to majors and minors only who satisfy departmental requirements. For three hours of internship credit, students need a minimum of 120 on-site contact hours; applications for internship hours need to be approved by a faculty supervisor and the internship director, or the director of undergraduate studies. Only three hours can count toward a major or minor. Students may enroll in up to three hours of practicum in any semester. Practicum hours need to be approved by supervising faculty. Students can earn a maximum of six hours practicum, only three hours of which may be counted toward a major or minor in communication.
Highly qualified majors are invited by the department to apply for admission to the honors program in communication. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Communication,” students must have a major GPA of 3.8 or above prior to entering their final semester, declare for honors by the week before the last add/drop date, select a paper or creative work and faculty member to work with, submit the final version of paper or creative work to the Undergraduate Committee for acceptance by the Committee and, if accepted, present the work at the award ceremony of the Department of Communication.