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Program Requirements for a B.S. in Communication

1. General Education (48 hours)

  • (Science Journalism requires MATH 151, BIOL 107, CHEM 124, PHYS 123)
  • Free electives (12 hours)
  • Minor (15 hours) (all majors will have recommended minors)
  • Major (51-52 hours)

2. All COM majors (15 hours)

  • COM 377 Communication Law & Ethics (3)
  • COM 425 Editing (3)
  • COM 371 Persuasion (3)
  • STS electives (6, specified for journalism specializations)
  • Portfolio (0)

Specialization: PTC (36 hours)

  • COM 421 Intro to Technical Communication (3)
  • COM 424 Document Design (3)
  • COM 428 Verbal & Visual Communication (3)
  • WebCOM sequence (9) (ARCH, INTM and EG remain alternatives)
  • Linguistics elective (3)
  • AAH elective (3)
  • PTC elective (9)
  • PTC/STS elective (3)
  • Recommended minors: Business, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Sociology

Both Journalism Specializations (9 hours)

  • COM 372 Mass Media & Society (3)
  • COM 435 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COM 440 Introduction to Journalism (3)

Specialization: Journalism of Science (27-28 hours)

  • COM 323 Communicating Science (3)
  • Required science elective -BIOL 114 or 115, CHEM 125 or 126, or PHYS 212 or 221 (3-4)
  • Additional math and science electives (21)
  • STS electives chosen from: PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science, PHIL 350 Science & Method, PHIL 351 Science & Values.
  • Recommended minors: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Specialization: Journalism of Technology & Business (27 hours)

  • COM 421 Technical Communication (3)
  • ECON 211 (3)
  • BUS 210 (3)
  • BUS 301 or BUS 371 (3)
  • ITM 301 (3)
  • ITM 311 (3)
  • ITMD 421 (3)
  • ITMD 440 (3)
  • ITMD 461 (3)
  • STS electives chosen from: HIST 375 History of Computing, HIST 382 Technology in History 1500-1850, HIST 383 Technology in History 1850-Present.
  • Recommended minors: Business, Entrepreneurship, Computer Structures/Architecture/Networking, Internet Application Development, Information Technology & Management, Technology & Human Affairs