2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs


College of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication
(907) 474-6591

B.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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The communication program teaches students to communicate effectively and ethically in a rapidly changing world characterized by diversity in gender, culture and belief. It offers a comprehensive background in the discipline in preparation for employment or further education. Students majoring in other disciplines find communication electives valuable additions to their programs.

The program is both theoretical and pragmatic, designed to prepare students for the professional workplace or for doctoral study.

Major--B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:
      COMM 180--Introduction to Human Communication--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 482W,O--Capstone Seminar in Communication--3 credits
    2. Complete four of the following:**
      COMM 300X--Communicating Ethics***--3 credits
      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 335O     organizational Communication--3 credits
      COMM 352--Family Communication--3 credits
      COMM 432O--Professional Public Speaking--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.
** With approval of advisor, an appropriate level special topics or independent studies course in communication may be used to meet this requirement.
*** 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.


  1. Complete the following:
    COMM 180--Introduction to Human Communication--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--9 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--15 credits

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.