For Current Students

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR

All prospective majors must consult and register with a departmental adviser. Majors are expected to meet regularly with their adviser. An approved program of study must be filed at the time students declare the major or within the first 12 hours of course work in the major. In order to graduate with a communication studies major, students must have an approved program of study. The minimum number of hours for a major in communication studies is 36. The 36-hour requirement must include the following:

1. Majors must complete one of the following: COMM 109, COMM 205, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 220, COMM 286, or COMM 295.

2. Majors must complete both COMM 101 and COMM 201. These courses should be completed within the first twelve hours in communication studies of a students program.

3. Majors must complete two of three 200-level foundational courses. See major adviser for eligible course options.

4. Majors must complete COMM 495.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to complete an assessment of the major. This assessment will be implemented in the communication studies capstone course: COMM 495. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a students GPA, but could prevent or delay graduation if the assessment is not completed as required.

5. A communication studies major must have either an approved Plan A minor or two approved Plan B minors. An approved individualized program of studies of 24 hours can also be used to meet the minor requirement. A departmental adviser must approve the minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules: COMM 101 and COMM 201 must be completed before a student can enroll in any 400-level course.

Grade Rules: C- and D Grades-- A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major.

Pass/No Pass Limits: Availability of Pass/No Pass credit in COMM courses is at the discretion of the course director and/or instructor of the course. Although the department discourages Pass/No Pass credit for majors, up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass credit may be applied to the major requirements. Up to 6 hours Pass/No Pass credit is permitted toward the minor, subject to the approval of the department granting the major.

Course Level Requirement: A minimum of 21 hours must be taken in communication studies courses at or above the 300 level, excluding COMM 390 and COMM 490. Of the 21 hours, at least 9 must be at the 400 level. COMM 101 and COMM 201 must be completed before a student can enroll in any 400-level course. COMM 490 cannot be used to meet this requirement.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules: The department encourages qualified students to enroll in internship, independent study, and education abroad experiences in order to supplement classroom experiences. However, none of these is a substitute for classroom experiences. No more than 3 hours of internship, independent study, or education abroad credits may count toward the 36-hour requirement in the major.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR

A communication studies major must have either an approved Plan A minor or two approved Plan B minors. An approved individualized program of study of 24 hours can also be used to meet the minor requirement. A departmental adviser must approve the minor.

Plan A Minor. This minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours in communication studies courses with at least 9 hours at or above the 300 level. The 18-hour requirement must include the following:

1. Plan A minors must complete either COMM 101 or COMM 201.

2. Plan A minors must complete either COMM 109, COMM 205, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 220, COMM 286, or COMM 295.

3. A minimum of 9 hours must be taken in communication studies classes at or above the 300 level excluding COMM 390 and COMM 490.

4. Of the 9 hours, at least 3 must be at the 400 level. COMM 101 or COMM 201 must be completed before a student can enroll in any 400-level course. COMM 490 cannot be used to meet this requirement.

5. The department encourages qualified students to enroll in internship, independent study, and study abroad experiences in order to supplement classroom experiences. However, none of these is a substitute for classroom experiences. No more than 3 hours of internship, independent study, or study abroad credits may count toward the 18-credit-hour requirement in the major.

Plan B Minor. 12 hours of communication studies courses with at least 9 hours at or above the 200 level, excluding COMM 390 or COMM 490. A maximum of 3 hours of internship or independent study may apply to the 12-hour requirement.