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 12 credit hours in the communication core. At least 27 credit hours must be in the open emphasis area. The 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
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements
Select courses to complete all LAS Competency Areas 136
Communication Core Courses
COMM 205Visual Technologies3
COMM 206Introduction to Multimedia3
COMM 301Writing for the Mass Audience3
COMM 350Communication Strategy for the Mass Audience3
Select two of the following (but not both 430 and 530)6
Communication Research and Inquiry
Communication Law and Responsibility
Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication
Media Analytics and Audience Behavior
Select 18 credit hours of open emphasis electives with approval by undergraduate coordinator18
Select one of the following applied learning classes3
Cooperative Education
Advanced Reporting
Shocker Ad Lab
Communication Practicum
Studio B: Live Television News
Integrated Marketing Communications Campaigns
Capstone Media Project
Communication Internship
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours10-11
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education and/or LAS Competencies. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.

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 coordinator 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 481COMM 481NCOMM 581COMM 500COMM 622, COMM 626COMM 655COMM 562 or COMM 690.