Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

Communication (SPE) with a concentration in Public Advocacy (SAD)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 23.1304

College of Arts & Sciences

http://communication.usf.edu/undergraduate/concentrations/public/

Major Description

Communication focuses on the concepts, theories, and practice of human communication. Students apply their understanding of communication research and principles to personal, professional, and community relationships and concerns.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students must complete SPC 2608, Public Speaking, before being admitted to the Communication major. A student can be admitted to the university without SPC 2608, but it must be completed as part of requirements for the major.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core

A major in Communication requires a minimum of 36 credit hours from departmental offerings.

Major Core Courses - 15 Hours

This course is a prerequisite for declaring the communication major:

Students must take each of these four courses as early as possible in the major. These courses are prerequisites for taking many of the more advanced courses in the respective concentrations.


Major Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Students must take 6 additional hours of elective coursework from any concentration in the Department of Communication at the 3000-level or higher.

The concentrations of the following courses will be designated when offered

  • COM 4958 Communication Senior Capstone
  • SPC 4930 Selected Topics (titles and topics vary each semester)
  • SPC 4932 Senior Seminar

The following courses are contracted individually between student and instructor. The concentration will be designated when the course is contracted.

Students must take a minimum of fifteen hours in one of the six areas of concentration. Many courses are listed in more than one concentration. Therefore, students should plan their concentration coursework in ongoing consultation with the advisor.

Optional Honors Program

The Honors Program in Communication allows qualified students to pursue advanced study.

The Honors Program in Communication provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students in Communication to work closely with a faculty member in an intensive research experience. Each Honors student is required to complete and defend an undergraduate Honors Thesis. Application to the program ordinarily occurs during the second semester of the junior year or prior to completion of 90 semester hours. Admission to the program is based on the student’s overall academic record, performance in communication courses, and recommendations of faculty. To be admitted to the program, a student should have at least a 3.5 GPA in all communication courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students are required to complete 3 hours of Honors Reading and 3 hours of Honors Thesis. Students interested in the Honors Program should consult the department for further information about admission and program requirements.

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