Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 09.0101
College of Arts & Sciences
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is a liberal arts degree that prepares students to communicate effectively and ethically in personal, professional, and public relationships and in both face-to-face and mediated contexts. More specifically this degree prepares students to:
- work and lead in culturally-diverse teams and organizations;
- develop advanced skills and competencies in oral, written, visual, digital, and electronic communication;
- analyze and create messages, presentations, and persuasive communication strategies;
- understand, build, and strengthen personal and professional identities and relationships;
- study and critique culture and media including: media organizations, communication technologies, and mediated content (e.g., television, film, music, print, computer, Internet, and social media);
- apply communication knowledge and skills in one or more specialized contexts [e.g, professional (health care; advertising and marketing; law and politics, not-for-profits); civic (public advocacy and social movements); religion and faith organizations; world cafés and public dialogues; performance and improv; media literacy; intimate and family relationships);
- engage in undergraduate communication research; and
- become active and productive U.S. and global citizens.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- SPC 2608 Public Speaking
Total Major Hours: 39 Hours
Major Core Courses - 27 Hours
Required Core Courses (18 credit hours)
There are six required core courses including one prerequisite and one department capstone. Once enrolled in the major, students should take the first five core courses listed below as early as possible and take the department capstone course [which also fulfills the University's FKL Capstone Experience (CPST) requirement] late in the students' junior year or early in the students' senior year.
- SPC 2608 Public Speaking (prerequisite for the Communication major)
- COM 2000 Introduction to Communication (students must take this course during their first semester in the major, if not taken previously)
- ORI 3004 Communication as Performance
- SPC 3301 Interpersonal Communication
- SPC 3544 Persuasion and Media
- COM 4958 Communication Senior Capstone [or other Communication course approved as a University Capstone (CPST)]
Required Distribution Area Courses (9 credit hours)
Students must take one course in each of the three distribution areas (Communication and Human Relationships, Public Communication and Media, and Applied Communication) for a total of three courses.
Communication and Human Relationships (select one course)
Communication and Human Relationships focuses on the role of communication in constructing, sustaining, and changing human relationships. This area includes the study of intimate relationships (family, friendships, and romantic); professional relationships (patient-health care provider); personal identity (self-awareness and personal narrative); verbal and nonverbal communication (talk, conversations, and writing); performance (performing literary and real-life relationships); and communication and cultural diversity (communicating across differences based on gender, sexuality/sexual orientation, race/ethnicity/nationality, social class, abilities, age/age cohorts, spirituality, and religion).
- COM 3014 Communication, Gender and Identity
- COM 4030 Women and Communication
- COM 4490 Communication and Love
- COM 4702 Communication, Language, and Mental Illness
- COM 4710 Writing Lives
- ORI 4150 Performing Nonfiction
- ORI 4460 Performing Relationships
- SPC 3212 Communication Theory
- SPC 3710 Communication and Cultural Diversity
- SPC 4305 Communicating Emotions
- SPC 4307 Talk in Relationships
- SPC 4310 Relationships on Film
- SPC 4321 Communication and Aging
- SPC 4431 Family Communication
- SPC 4701 Intercultural Communication
Public Communication and Media (select one course)
Public Communication and Media focuses on the critical study and analyses of communication, culture, and media in the public sphere. Specific areas include media and media texts (television, film, music, print, Internet and social media), media literacy skills; culture, social institutions, and power; public opinion and memory; political discourse, social protest and social movements; and public performances of literature and other texts. Approaches include critical and cultural studies, rhetorical studies, performance studies, diversity studies (e.g., gender, race, and class), and culture and identity studies.
- COM 3051 Analyzing Culture and Media
- COM 3052 Cultural Studies and Communication
- COM 3413 Communication and Visual Culture
- COM 4016 Public Memory
- COM 4530 Influencing Public Opinion
- COM 4414 Race and Gender in Popular Film and Television
- COM 4931 Special Topics in Media Analysis
- ORI 4019 Performing Identity and Culture
- ORI 4220 Performing Young Adult Literature
- ORI 4410 Performance Art
- ORI 4931 Performance and Video
- SPC 3230 Rhetorical Theory
- SPC 3653 Popular Forms of Public Communication
- SPC 3680 Rhetorical Analysis
- SPC 4201 Oral Tradition
- SPC 4632 Rhetoric and Social Change
- SPC 4683 Rhetorical Analysis of Mass Media
Applied Communication (select one course)
Applied Communication focuses on advanced communication skills, communication practice, and how communication practice in specialized contexts informs and is informed by communication theory and research. Advanced communication skills include leadership (working in teams and organizations); oral communication (interviewing, performing, public speaking, creating presentations); written, digital and electronic communication, and undergraduate research. The specialized contexts of "applied" communication includes for profit corporations, not-for-profit organizations, health care institutions, tourism, religious institutions, families, civic organizations and communities in both domestic and global settings.
- COM 3120 Organizational Communication
- COM 3122 Interview Communication
- COM 4104 Communication, Tourism, and Travel
- COM 4124 Communication and Organizational Change
- COM 4128 Integrated Organizational Communication
- COM 4151 Communication and Working Life in Contemporary Organizations
- COM 4020 Communicating Illness, Grief and Loss
- COM 4021 Family Communication and the End of Life
- COM 4022 Health Communication
- COM 4225 Global and Cultural Issues in Health Communication
- ORI 3950 Communication Performance Laboratory
- ORI 4120 Performance of Poetry
- ORI 4310 Group Performance of Literature
- ORI 4320 Writing for Performance
- SPC 3513 Argumentation and Debate
- SPC 3425 Group Communication
- SPC 3602 Advanced Public Speaking
- SPC 4714 Communication, Culture and Community
Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours
Additional Departmental Electives (12 credit hours)
Students must take additional 3000- or 4000-level Communication courses to fulfill the remaining 12 hour elective requirement.
Please consult Catalog for full listing of Communication course titles, and consult Oasis for current SPC 4930 Selected Topics courses. Faculty strongly recommend that students interested in a specialization within their major select and take at least 9 of these 12 elective hours within one of the three Department Distribution Areas: Communication and Human Relationships, Public Communication and Media, or Applied Communication.
Optional Honors Program
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. Students interested in the Honors Program should consult the department for further information about admission and program requirements.
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.