BA in Communication - Open Emphasis

Students majoring in communication must maintain a 2.500 grade point average (overall and in the major), complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in communication, including 21 credit hours in the communication core, and submit a portfolio of their work during their senior year — see Portfolio Requirement. At least 18 credit hours must be in either a structured or an open emphasis area.

Communication Core Courses
COMM 130Communication & 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
Total Credit Hours21

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.