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College of Liberal Arts

Department of Communication

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Degree: B.A.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The communication program prepares students to handle the challenges of communicating effectively and ethically in a rapidly changing world characterized by diversity in gender, cultural background and belief. The communication program provides a comprehensive background. Individuals majoring in other disciplines find communication electives valuable additions to their programs.

Undergraduate Program


Communication -- B.A. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

a. Complete the following:

COMM 180 -- Introduction to Human Communication (3 credits)
COMM 300X -- Communicating Ethics** (3 credits)
COMM 330 -- Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
COMM 351 -- Gender and Communication (3 credits)
COMM 401 -- Communication Research Methods (3 credits)
COMM 425W -- Communication Theory (3 credits)
COMM 482 -- Seminar in Communication (3 credits)

b. Complete 3 of the following:***

COMM 320 -- Communication and Language (3 credits)
COMM 321W -- Nonverbal Communication (3 credits)
COMM 322W -- Communication in Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits)
COMM 331O -- Advanced Group Communication (3 credits)
COMM 35O -- Organizational Communication (3 credits)
COMM 352 -- Family Communication (3 credits)
COMM 441 -- Persuasion (3 credits)
COMM 462W -- Communication in Health Contexts (3 credits)
COMM 475W -- Applied Communication in Training and Development (3 credits)

4. Minimum credits required (120 credits)

* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** If taken to meet the upper division of baccalaureate core requirement for Ethics/Values and Choices in the Perspectives in the Human Condition, then the student must take an additional 300- or 400-level communication course to complete the major (12 additional elective credits).

*** With approval of advisor, an appropriate level special topics or independent studies course in communication may be used to meet this requirement.


1. Complete the following:

COMM 180 -- Introduction to Human Communication (3 credits)
COMM 300X -- Communicating Ethics (3 credits)
COMM 330 -- Intercultural Communication (3)
or COMM 351 -- Gender and Communication (3 credits)

2. Complete communication electives at the 300-level or above* (6 credits)
3. Minimum credits required (15 credits)

* If COMM 300X is taken to satisfy the baccalaureate core requirement, then 9 elective credits are required.

Note: Courses designated as social science or humanities that are taken for the minor may also be used to fulfill social science and/or humanities distribution requirements for the B.A. degree.

See Professional Communication.

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