Communication, BA

The Communication degree offers students the opportunity to prepare for a wide range of careers where effective oral and written communication is essential. By combining a study of communication theory and research with an emphasis on performance, communication majors will see improvement in critical thinking, research, writing, team, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Graduates of the program may find work in such diverse areas as organizational training and development, broadcasting and public relations. Internship opportunities are available to students that will allow them to network with professionals while continuing to build their communication skills.

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

Choose one Mathematics course and one Statistics course from Quantitative Reasoning.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose one course from Humanities and one course from Social Sciences.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose two courses from Natural Science and/or Technology.

(1 lab course is REQUIRED)

FYE or Humanities Social Sciences (3 credits)

FYE (GS 19100) or additional Humanities or Social Sciences course.

PNC Supplemental Core (24 credits)

U.S. Traditions (3 credits)

Choose one course from US Traditions.

Western Heritage (3 credits)

Choose one course from Western Heritage.

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from Global Cultures.

Literature and the Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from Literature and the Arts.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one course from Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Gender Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from Gender Issues.

Social Ethics (3 credits)

Choose one course from Social Ethics.

Individual and Society (3 credits)

Choose one course from Individual and Society.

Required Courses (66 credits)

Modern Language (12 credits)

ASL, French, German, or Spanish to the fourth level is required.

Core Communication Courses (24 credits)

COM 20400Critical Perspectives On Communication

3 credits

COM 21200Approaches To The Study Of Interpersonal Communication

3 credits

COM 25000Mass Communication And Society

3 credits

COM 30000Introduction To Communication Research Methods

3 credits

COM 31400Advanced Presentational Speaking

3 credits

COM 31800Principles Of Persuasion

3 credits

COM 32400Introduction To Organizational Communication

3 credits

COM 43500Communication And Emerging Technologies

3 credits

*Communication majors (and interested minor students**) are advised to note that COM 43500, Communication and Emerging Technologies serves as the Capstone course for Seniors in Communication. The prerequisite for COM 43500 is COM 30000, Introduction to Communication Research Methods. A lengthy research project is central to the course.

Communication majors may select one of the following concentrations (18 credits)

Media

COM 25200Writing For Mass Media

0 - 3 credits

COM 26100Introduction To Digital Video Production

0 - 3 credits

COM 35100Mass Communication Ethics

3 credits

COM 35200Mass Communication Law

3 credits

Choose Two: (must total six or more credit hours)
COM 31200Rhetoric In The Western World

3 credits

COM 33000Theories Of Mass Communication

3 credits

COM 33200Television Production

3 credits

COM 40700Introduction To New Media/Social Media Production

COM 49000Internship In Communication

1 - 3 credits

COM 49100Special Topics In Communication

1 - 3 credits

Only three hours of internship will count toward the concentration. If selecting COM 49000, approval by advisor required. (COM 40700 is the same course as COM 49100: Social Media Principles and Practices)

Public Relations

COM 25200Writing For Mass Media

0 - 3 credits

COM 25300Introduction To Public Relations

3 credits

COM 35300Problems In Public Relations

3 credits

COM 40700Introduction To New Media/Social Media Production

(COM 40700 is the same course as COM 49100: Social Media Principles and Practices)
Choose Two: (must total six or more credit hours)
COM 26100Introduction To Digital Video Production

0 - 3 credits

COM 31200Rhetoric In The Western World

3 credits

COM 32500Interviewing: Principles And Practice

3 credits

COM 35400Introduction To Health Communication

3 credits

COM 49000Internship In Communication

1 - 3 credits

COM 49100Special Topics In Communication

1 - 3 credits

Only three hours of internship will count toward the concentration. If selecting COM 49000, title must be "Writing and Design for Electronic Publication."

If no concentration is selected, a Communication major must fulfill the following requirements:

Communication Selectives (9 credits)
Must take an additional three COM courses.  Two of these must be at the 30000 level or higher.
Free Electives (9 credits)
Students not pursuing a concentration area will have to take an additional nine credit hours of free electives.

Free Electives (12 credits)

A total of 120 credit hours required. For students without a concentration, 24 of those hours will be core communication courses and 9 hours will be other communication courses of the student’s choosing (of which two must be 300 level or higher). Those choosing a concentration area will have 24 core communication courses plus 18 additional hours in the concentration area. All communication majors must complete 66 credit hours of core requirements (includes Modern Languages).

Up to two courses (6 credits) can “double dip” between the PNC GE Core and the GE Supplemental Core.

A minor is NOT REQUIRED with this major.