Bachelor of Arts in Communications
The Bachelors of Arts in Communications is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program designed to give students the analytical, critical, and creative skills that are fundamental to any career in the information age. The major provides students with superior skills in oral and written proficiency to excel in the creation, dissemination, and analysis of messages. In addition, the program is dedicated to integrating technology in its instruction and incorporating international contexts for the study of communications, so as to prepare students for an increasingly global industry.
This major focuses on intellectual development and ethical reasoning to empower students to take leadership roles and make a difference in a variety of fields both within and outside of the communications industry. Students with a BA in Communications can go on to careers in such fields as Film and Video Production, Journalism, Corporate Communications, Politics, Law, Community Organizing and Service, Education, Management, and Non-profit Administration.
Requirements for the Degree (as of Fall 2015)
A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language.
B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Science, and Social Sciences, Humanities,
and Fine Arts.
C. Core Curriculum
- COM 101 Public Speaking
- COM 111 Introduction to Visual Communication
- COM 210 Introduction to Cinema
- COM 220 Media, Culture, and Society
- COM 230 Foundations of Digital Video Production
- COM 221 Writing Across the Media
- COM 311 Digital Media Culture
- CMS 300 Level Course
- COM 470 Advanced Communication Theory
- COM 480 Senior Capstone Seminar
The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses required for the major.
D. Major Electives
Seven major electives at the 200 level or higher not in the core in CMS/DMA/DJRN/COM.
- Three must be chosen from one of the following clusters/areas of concentration:
- CMS: Communication and Media Studies (this will include all studies and theory courses)
- DMA: Digital Media Arts (this will include all production courses in both digital
audiovisual production and digital graphic arts)
DJRN: Digital Journalism (this will include courses related to print and visual media journalism)
- Four must be at the 300-level or higher.
No more than two courses other than those courses coded CMS/DMA/DJRN/COM that are related to the student’s area of concentration and aimed at increasing the breadth of their studies may be used as major electives. These must be chosen from the list of approved courses. Other courses (still within the limited two) related to the major but not included on the list might qualify as major electives depending on the students’ area of interest and require approval of the chair.
Approved major electives for COM:
- AH 273 Introduction to the History of Photography
- AS 101 Graphic Design
- AS 199 Basic Photography
- AS 289 Digital Photography
- AS 349 Advanced Photography
- AS 399 Advanced Graphic Design
- BUS 220 Business Communication
- BUS/CMS 360 Social Networks and Media Management
- CS 130/131 Web Design I & II
- EN 215 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theories
- HS 311 History, Memory and Popular Culture
- HS 368 The Other American: History of the Counterculture
- LAW/PL 220 Intellectual Property Theory and Law
- PH 304 Philosophy of Art and Beauty
- PL 360 The Political Economy of Globalization
- RH 305 Survey of Rhetoric
- RH 350 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
- RH 365 Advanced Public Speaking
- RH/CL 372 Classical Rhetoric and Oratory
- RH 399 Special Topics in Rhetoric
E. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.