Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Communication (SPE) with a concentration in Organizational Communication (SOG)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 09.0101

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.

Students are encouraged to tailor their major to meet their own interest and select from one of six areas of concentration: Relational Communication, Organizational Communication, Health Communication, Culture and Media, Performance Studies or Public Advocacy.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified a common course prerequisite for the major in Communication. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" before the degree is granted. If the course is not transferred in, the student may take the course at USF.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 15 Hours

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.

This course is a prerequisite for the Communication major:

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 following courses will count for major electives, unless designated or approved to count toward specific concentrations:

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

Organizational Communication Concentration course offerings:

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

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