BA in Communication - Open Emphasis

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BA in communication - open emphasis. Students majoring in communication must maintain a 2.500 grade point average (overall and in the major) and complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in communication, including 21 credit hours in the communication core. At least 18 credit hours must be in the open emphasis area. The 18 credit hours should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students in the BA in communication - open emphasis must take the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Communication Core Courses
COMM 130Communication and Society3
or COMM 190 Introduction to Human Communication
COMM 301Writing for the Mass Audience3
COMM 325Speaking in Business and the Professions3
COMM 535Communication Analysis and Criticism3
COMM 305Visual Technologies3
or COMM 306 Introduction to Multimedia
Select two of the following:6
Communication Research and Inquiry
Communication Law and Responsibility
Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication
Select 18 credit hours of open emphasis electives with advisor approval.18
Total Credit Hours39

Open Emphasis

Students can develop and propose an open emphasis more appropriate for their interests and needs than a structured emphasis area and which respects their background and experience. These proposals must be developed by students in consultation with a faculty advisor, be substantially different from the structured emphases available, and be coherent and justifiable to a faculty committee, which will review and act on these proposals at specified times during the academic year. Each student must submit for approval an open emphasis plan of study to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee of the Elliott School of Communication at the beginning of the student’s junior year or upon completion of 18 credit hours in the major. 

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in communication - open emphasis are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing COMM 481, COMM 481N, COMM 500, COMM 609, COMM 622, COMM 626 or COMM 662T.