The Bachelor’s Degree

The undergraduate degree in Communication has three main objectives:

  1. Instruct the student in general communication theory and technology;
  2. Provide the student an opportunity for more intensive study in a specific area of communication; and
  3. Ensure the student is capable of applying knowledge of general communication theory and technology to specific social problems.

The baccalaureate curriculum covers two topical areas: Interpersonal Communication, and Journalism/Media.


Faculty members work with new students to plan courses of study. Based on instructors’ assessments of writing ability in required courses, advisors may require advisees to take remedial courses. Generally, advisors assist students in developing personal programs of study and in identifying all necessary requirements.

Grading Policy

Communication majors and minors may not take any COM course as part of the requirements for the major or minor on a CR/NC basis.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits from other institutions may not be used to substitute for introductory core courses. However, students may file a Student Petition to use them to satisfy other parts of the major or minor, provided the credit is for an upper-division course equivalent to one offered by the Communication Department and that the grade earned was a C or better (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted).

Course Repetition

COM 380 and COM 480 may be taken for credit more than once provided the course topic is different each time. No more than eight semester hours of credit for COM 499 Tutorial will be accepted for the degree. All other Communication courses may be repeated for grade improvement only once.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students with extensive life or work experience in some area of communication may apply for academic credit through Internships and Prior Learning (IPL). The Communication Department awards such credit in each of its two topical areas (Interpersonal Communication, and Journalism/Media) through COM 431 and COM 451. Prior learning credit is not awarded for specific courses. The Department will award a maximum of four hours of credit for prior experiential learning in any one topical area and a maximum of 8 hours of IPL credit to any undergraduate student.

Degree Requirements

Communication majors must complete 32 hours in the major. In addition, they may take up to eight hours in Communication courses to satisfy the upper-division general electives. COM 302 and COM 303 should be taken prior to or concurrent with any other course work in their respective curricular areas.

All undergraduate students are required to take a department assessment examination during their first semester and during their last semester before graduation. The entrance examination is normally administered during a regular class and is used by the department to assess its curriculum. It does not affect students’ grades in any way.

Students should consult with general education advisors for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

COM 302 Introduction to Interpersonal/Organizational Communication 4
COM 303 Introduction to Mass Media 4
COM 495 Exit Assessment 0
Communication emphasis requirements (primary topical area) * 16
Communication distribution requirements (from other than primary topical area) * 8
Journalism/Media Studies
Audio Production
Photography II
Introduction to Social Media
Multimedia Reporting
Introduction to Radio
Radio Practicum
Digital Media: Print
Digital Media: Web
Digital Media: Animation
Media and Social Change
Visual Storytelling and Reporting
Feature Writing
Media Law And Ethics
Photojournalism & Photo Documentary: Storytelling in Images
Digital Media: Typography
COM 443
Advanced Media Writing
COM 445
Media Criticism
Journalism/Media Studies: Practicum
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Advanced Visual Field Reporting
COM 458
Fake News and Fact-Checking
Political Communication in the United States
Global Media and Communication
ECCE: Global Media and Culture:China
Speech & Debate Experience I
Speech & Debate Experience II
Voice and Movement
Intermediate Acting
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Dating and Relating
Gender Communication
ECCE: Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Interpersonal Communication: Practicum
Organizational Communication
Conflict Management
Communication Ethics
Directing for the Theatre
ECCE:Communicating About Race
May count in either topical area
Introduction to Public Relations
Computer-Mediated Interpersonal Communication
The Beatles: Popular Music and Society
Writing For Public Relations
Total Hours 32
*Topical areas consist of Interpersonal/Organizational or Journalism/Media Studies. Topical area information may be found under “course descriptions.”

Course Offerings

Cross-listed courses from other departments used as part of the 32-hour major must bear the COM course prefix.