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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Communication, BA, Concentrations: Advertising, Broadcasting, International Communication, Journalism, Media, Media Studies, or Public Relations


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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.

Students may choose to complete one concentration from the following areas:

Degree Requirements


PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)


Speech Communication (3 Credits)


Quantitative Reasoning (3 Credits)


Natural Sciences (3 Credits)


Any Science Core course with Lab

Humanities (3 Credits)


Select from the Humanities Core list

Social Sciences (3 Credits)


Additional Credits (3 Credits)


First-Year Experience (3 Credits)


Supplemental Core (30 Credits)


Modern Language (12 Credits)


Credit in the fourth semester required.

History (3 Credits)


Literature (3 Credits)


Aesthetics (3 Credits)


Other Required Courses (45 Credits)


Communication Electives (18-27 Credits)


Choose courses with emphasis in an identified career path or concentration. Seven (7) electives in communication are required for major. At least four of those electives must be upper division (UD) at 30000 level or above. At least two of those UD courses must be COM EXL courses. Prerequisites may apply.

Media Studies Concentration

To receive a concentration in Media Studies in our B.A. in Communication program, students must complete:

Free Electives (18-27 Credits)


Total 120 Credits Required


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