All Communications majors complete a core of 22 credits, then select 24 credits of electives in the department based on student interest. Students will work closely with departments and faculty to select appropriate courses.
The Communications major in the Communications, Theatre and Art Department prepares students to design, adapt, and analyze mediated and interpersonal messages appropriate for specific audiences in a variety of settings. The students enrolled in this program will be able to create and critique persuasive arguments and conduct research. The liberally educated Communications major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators and the historical and contemporary contexts of the field.
The Communications major requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study-abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits, which include: CTA 2201 OR 2301, an approved upper-level writing course and 16 credits of CTA electives, including 8 upper-division credits. (This requirement allows a self-designed emphasis.) A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.
Students need to apply to the Communications major after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.
Twenty credits are required in CTA 1114, 2240, 3445 and two additional 4-credit CTA electives with at least one upper-division course. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes for this minor.
Although an internship isn't required, credit will be given for those interested in a pursing one. Each internship runs between 4 and 16 credits.