Bachelor of Arts in Communication Degree

College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for the degree of bachelor of arts in communication (B.A.C.) include completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate listed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog and:

  • Completion of the degree requirements in the six areas listed below;
  • No major courses may be taken "S/U";
(University degree requirements and the BG Perspective curriculum are explained elsewhere in the catalog.)
 
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS for the B.A.C.
 
Foreign language or culture. Each student is required to demonstrate proficiency in a language area by one of the options listed below:
  • Graduating from a high school where all instruction was conducted in a language other than English;
  • Demonstrating proficiency in the language on the 2020 course level;
  • Having completed four years of one language in high school (student must have completed the fourth full year, for example, Spanish IV, and received credit for these courses);
  • Having completed one of the departmental options listed below (12-14 hours minimum in the same language area, or fewer by advanced placement and high school experience).
Students who have completed two years of foreign language in high school may, in consultation with an adviser, select a planned program of at least four courses involving study or foreign or ethnic cultures drawn from a list approved by the major department.
 
German, Russian and East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese)
  • GERM 1010, 1020, plus six additional hours from: GERM 1170, 1180, 2000, 2010, 2020, 2170, 2180, 2310, 3310 and/or GERM 2150, 2160, 2600, 3600, and 4150;
  • CHIN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
  • JAPN 1010, 1020, plus six additional hours from: JAPN 2010, 2020, 2150, 2160, 3120, and 4150;
  • RUSN 1010, 1020, plus six additional hours from: RUSN 2010, 2020, 2150, 2160, 3120, 3130, 3160, and 4150;
  • ARAB 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020.
Romance and Classical Studies (French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish)
  • FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, and either 2020 or 2120;
  • GRK 1010, 1020, plus six additional hours from: GRK 2010, 2020, CLCV 2410, 2420;
  • ITAL 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
  • LAT 1010, 1020, plus six additional hours from: LAT 2010, 2020, CLCV 2410, 2420;
  • SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, and either 2020 or 2120.
American Sign Language
  • EDIS 3240, 3250, 3260, 3270
Completion of 2020 or comparable proficiency is required for admission to 3000-level language skills courses. Credit toward a degree is not granted for foreign language courses that duplicates more than two units of high school study.
 
Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component. The Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component is grounded in the conviction that acquiring proficiency in multiple modes of thought and communication, referred to as habits of mind, is the defining characteristic of a liberal arts education. This four-course component will enhance student's ability to see things from multiple perspectives, conceptualize problems in both quantitative and verbal terms, solve problems both analytically and creatively, and communication effectively both within and across cultural boundaries.
 
As a college anchored in the tradition of liberal arts and sciences, we believe that acquiring multiple habits of mind is valuable both in its own right and as a way to promote lifelong learning. As the largest college in a comprehensive regional institution serving the state and nation, we also believe that the imagination, awareness, analytical acumen, and precision of expression fostered by a 21st century arts and sciences degree program are crucial to success in the global age, regardless of one's professional path.
 
Students will work closely with their college advisers and faculty mentors to maximize the potential of the Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component. The four courses selected for this component may be closely related to the major, sample the diverse domains of the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, or be interdisciplinary in nature. Each course must have a different prefix, and at least two courses must be at the 3000- or 4000-level. Additionally, courses applied to the Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component may not be used to fulfill major, minor, or BGP requirements. A list of eligible courses is printed in the College of Arts & Sciences Handbook and tracked by the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).
 
Lab Science. One course. If approved for BGP, this course may also count in the appropriate BGP domain.
 
English composition. Students are required to complete GSW 1120 or to demonstrate by examination that they have proficiency in written expression equivalent to that attained by the student who completes that course. (A penalty is imposed if GSW 1120 is not completed within the first 60 hours.) COMM 1020, THFM 2020, and COMM 2010 are also required. 
 
Bachelor of Arts in Communication: majors.
Students receiving a bachelor of arts in communication may major in theatre, communication, or telecommunications.
 
Specialized programs
Each student is expected to present a program of specialization in communication study from existing structured options (theatre, telecommunications, communication) or a previously approved individual program to approximate the equivalent of a range from 42-54 hours.