Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Communication (SPE) with a concentration in Performance Studies (SPS)

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.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Grade Requirement

A final grade of at least C- is required for a departmental course to count toward a Communication major. Courses may not be taken S/U where a grade option exists.

Major Other Requirements

A minor in Communication is also available.

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