Jun 18, 2018  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies, Advocacy Studies Concentration, B.S.


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Degree and Major Requirements


The School of Communication Studies offers the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with a major in communication studies. Students must take at least 39 hours of work in communication studies beyond the General Education  requirement.

All programs must include at least five elements:

  • Twelve hours of required courses.
  • Successful completion of the milestone, Core Assessment in Communication Studies, upon completion of the core requirements
  • Fifteen hours of courses within distribution areas to meet the school depth requirement.
  • Nine hours of free elective courses in communication studies at the 300 or 400 level and three hours at the 200, 300 or 400 level.
  • Twelve hours of course work at the 300 level or above outside of the major program of study; or a second major or minor.

Degree Requirements


Required Courses


  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • University electives 21-46 Credit Hours 3
  • Major requirements (listed below) 39 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education  requirement.
3 A minimum of 12 credit hours of university electives must be at the 300 level or above, or students must earn a second major or minor.

Additional Information

In addition, students pursuing a B.S. in communication studies must complete MATH 220. Elementary Statistics  or a school-approved statistics course with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. School-approved statistics courses include, but are not limited to, COB 191. Business Analytics I . MATH 220  can count as either a General Education  or a B.S. quantitative requirement, but not both.

Major Requirements


Core Requirements


Footnote

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters  writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Depth Requirement: (15 hours required from the depth areas below)

Communication Theory and Context (choose three): 9 Credit Hours

At least one theory and context course requirement must be at the 400-level.

Total: 39 Credit Hours

Advocacy Studies Concentration


This concentration prepares students to understand, critically evaluate and engage the communication theories, processes, media institutions and communication technologies that citizens, political leaders, government officials, public administrators, interest groups and community service organizations use to campaign, deliberate, adjudicate, govern and advocate for social change. Skilled advocates adopt, develop and implement diverse sets of communication strategies that help clients articulate interests and goals, determine social systems and audiences most likely to achieve goals, identify effective media and appropriate goal oriented messages, and develop plans for implementing change.

In addition to the 12 hours of required communication studies courses, students studying advocacy must complete the following 18 hours from among the depth requirements. The school also recommends that students enroll in an internship during their junior or senior year.

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