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The program objectives for a B.A. in Communication are linked to five key areas:

1. Performance: Students will demonstrate competence in producing messages for different purposes, audiences, and contexts.

2. Analysis and Critical Thinking:  Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate messages across various forms and contexts.

3. Knowledge: Students will know the development of communication studies from its rhetorical roots through social scientific perspectives to contemporary critical approaches.

4. Ethics: Students will articulate ethical principles and apply them in diverse communication contexts.

5. Mediated Communication: Students will understand the impact of media forms on communication processes.

Communication Major (B.A.)
A. University General Education Program (41 hours)
B. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (12-16 hours)
C. The Major (33-37 hours)
D. Electives (2 - 20 hours)

Completion of courses to bring the total to 120 semester hours.

1. Major Core (6 hours)

All students must take COMM 2100 and 2381 (included in the University General Education Program). A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for all courses completed in the major. In addition, all students must fulfill the requirements for one of the following concentrations:

2. Concentrations (27-31 hours):

a. Communication Studies (31 hours):

COMM, 2101, 3001, 3100, 3330, 4381

PLUS three courses from ONE of the following Focus Areas:

Organizing & Relating (COMM 3322, 3341, 4011, 4012, 4014, 4340, 4341, 4342, 4363, 4373, 4375, 4380)

Rhetoric & Political Communication (COMM 3321, 3322, 3341, 3360, 3361, 4013, 4340, 4360, 4364, 4365, 4380)

Media & Culture (COMM 1851, 3003, 3322, 3800, 3820, 3821, 4014, 4811, 4850, 4851, 4853, 4854, 4856, 4858)

PLUS 6 additional hours of COMM electives.

b. Film and Video Production (27-29 hours):

COMM 3823, 3824, 3842

Three of 4822, 4824; 4825, 4841, 4842, 4891, 4960, or 4970

Two of: (Selection may not include course used to satisfy core) COMM 3003, 4220-29, 4850, 4851, 4853, 4854, 4856, 4857, or 4858.

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