2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Communication, BA

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About the Program

The Communication degree offers students the opportunity to prepare for a wide range of careers where effective visual, oral and written communication is essential. By combining a study of communication theory with practical application, communication majors will see improvement in critical thinking, research, writing, teamwork, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Graduates of the program may find work in such diverse areas as advertising, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, visual communication and a variety of art-related fields.  Internship opportunities are available to students that will allow them to network with professionals while continuing to build their communication skills.

Degree Reguirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (30 Credits)

  • Free Electives (30 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses; 2.0 GPA

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

  • COM Elective - 30000-level or above
  • COM Elective - 30000-level or above
  • Free Elective (See Note 2)
  • Free Elective (See Note 2)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - select from Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning list    

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

  • (See Note 5)
  • Additional Gen Ed Credits (See Note 3)
  • COM Elective - 30000-level or higher 
  • Free Elective (See Note 2)
  • Free Elective (See Note 2)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Freshman Seminar in Communication (FYE) requirement also met with any other PNW (FYE) course from 1-3 credit hours.

Note 2: Free Elective: Choose electives for further study in Communication or for a Minor in any department. Prerequisites may apply. Up to 15 credits of free electives at 30000 level or higher may be required to meet Purdue University Northwest residency rule.

Note 3: Select from any Communication & Creative Arts General Education Core courses, once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections.

Note 4: The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree capstone course is COM 43400 Practicum in Media Communication, which is repeatable.

Note 5: All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000 and CHSS 40000 must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.



The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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