Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


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


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.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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