1170 - Communication (B.A.)
- General Education
- Rhetoric and Composition: Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition (6 hours)
- Mathematics: One approved mathematics course (3 hours)
- Statistics: One approved statistics course (3 hours)
- Natural Sciences: Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component (7-8 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts: Two approved humanities and fine arts courses, one from fine arts and one from either (6 hours)
- Cultures and Civilizations: Option A: Western Humanities I and II and one approved Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations course OR Option B: World Civilization I, II, III (9 hours total)
- Behavioral and Social Sciences: Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines (6 hours) May include Communication 320 as one of the two courses.
- Foreign Language: Through second college year in one foreign language.
- Completion of a minor with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Major and Related Courses
- Completion of 33 hours of communication courses including 101, 230, 231, 320, 420, 451 and 485 or 480, and other communication courses as electives for the total of 33 hours.
- One approved computer literacy course.
- Communication majors must take a minimum of 80 semester hours in courses outside the major, with no fewer than 65 semester hours from the liberal arts and sciences.
- A communications major may complete a maximum of 30 credit hours in the College of Business Administration. This limit does not apply to students seeking the double major or degree in business and communication.
- 2.0 average in communication courses.
- Minimum of 39 hours of 300 and 400 level courses.
- Electives to complete 120 hours.
- Additional requirements.
4535 - COMMUNICATION MINOR
A total of 18 hours, including Communication 101 and 230. Nine hours must be at the 300 level or above.
Minimum 2.0 average in the minor.
COMMUNICATION COURSES (COMM)
101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
Structure and functions of the mass communication media and their adjuncts; creation, distribution, and exhibition of mass media content; legal and ethical considerations. Every semester. Lecture 3 hours.
130 Basic Computer Skills for Communication Majors (1)
Introduction to basic computer technology for mass communication. Basic elements of word processing, electronic mail, web page building and maintenance, and use of the World-Wide-Web for mass communication. Every semester. Laboratory 2 hours
199r Special Projects (1-3)
Individual or group studies. Every semester. Laboratory 1 to 3 hours
230 Media Writing I (3)
Introduction to language skills and factual writing style for the mass media. News writing, information gathering and interviewing. Every semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisites: English 121 with grade of C or better, keyboard proficiency of 30 wpm.
231 Media Writing II (3)
Researching, structuring, writing, and evaluating news stories, and practice in writing for public relations and advertising. Theoretical perspectives of news and other media information, comparisons among the media. Every semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisites: English 122 and Communication 230 with grades of C or better, keyboard proficiency of 36 wpm, or approval of the instructor.
271 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
Fundamentals of establishing and maintaining effective relations with organizational publics. Introduction to publicity methods and managing the public relations function. Case study approach. Every semester. Lecture 3 hours.
320 Mass Communication Perspectives (3)
History and development of mass media and mass media issues in American society. Cultural, technological, economic and societal consequences of the media. Every semester. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 101.
324 Race, Gender and the Media (3)
Examines the roles of ethnic minorities and women as members and consumers of the media. Spring semester. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing or approval of instructor. May be registered as Women's Studies 324. Credit not allowed in both Communication 324 and Women’s Studies 324.
333 Persuasive Writing (3)
Preparation of persuasive copy for print and electronic media. Creative and conceptual aspects emphasized. Fall semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231.
335 Publication Editing and Design (3)
Elements of publication design, with special attention to typography, graphics, and layout. Every semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 230.
337 World-Wide Web Production (3)
Elementary World-Wide Web production techniques. The focus is on web page building and the use of the World-Wide-Web as a medium of mass communication. Spring semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisites: English 121, word processing proficiency, or approval of instructor.
340 Audio Production and Presentation (3)
Producing and presenting content in radio and non-broadcast audio media, using both studio and portable facilities. Studio, control room, and field production procedures, recording and editing, music and sound effects. Every semester. Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours.
345 Video I (3)
Writing and producing news, commercials, and public service and promotional announcements. Fall semester. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231.
350 Television News Production (3)
Principles and skills of producing television newscasts. Includes the production of two half-hour newscasts. Fall semester. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231.
361 Advanced Reporting (3)
Reporting and writing news from city and county sources, with emphasis on researching public documents. Explorations and discussions of news and its relationship to society. On demand.Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231.
363 Feature Writing (3)
Nonfiction writing for newspapers, magazines and specialized publications. Spring semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231 or approval of the instructor.
366 Creative Editing (3)
Principles and basic skills in newspaper , magazine, electronic and specialized publication copy editing. Fall semester. Laboratory 4 hours. Prerequisite: Communication 231.
400r Special Topics (3)
Specialized study of mass media designed to meet interests of students and faculty. On demand. Approval of instructor or head of the department.