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";
Foreign language or Culture Track
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).
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, 2030 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.
Students who have completed at least two (2) years of the same language in high school may complete the foreign language requirement by choosing four (4) course from a single culture track. Please see an advisor for the approved culture tracks.
One course. If approved for BGP, this course may also count in the appropriate BGP domain. It may fulfill a major requirement as well.
Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Component. The Arts and 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 students' ability to see things from multiple perspectives, solve problems both analytically and creatively, and communicate 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 intellectual and personal growth that students achieve in a 21st-century arts and sciences degree program is crucial to success in the global age, regardless of one's professional path.
Specifically, courses in the liberal arts and sciences emphasize
- Critical contemplation of theoretically-grounded ideas and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake.
- Learning via inquiry, in which students test their assumptions by exploring bases of knowledge, recent research findings, or bodies of creative expression.
- Advancement of general intellectual capacities, such as verbal, quantitative, and visual literacy, interpretive judgement, and critical self-reflection.
- Development of broadly applicable competencies, such as precise analysis, evidence-based argumentation, creative problem-solving, and effective communication.
- Engagement with experiences and perspectives that differ from one's own.
Students are strongly encouraged to work with their college advisers and faculty mentors to maximize the potential of the Arts and 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,
- At least two courses must be at 3000- or 4000-level, and
- Courses applied to the Arts and Sciences Multidisciplinary Component may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.
A list of eligible courses is printed in the College of Arts & Sciences Handbook and tracked by the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).
Bachelor of Arts in Communication: majors
Students receiving a bachelor of arts in communication may major in theatre, communication, or media production and studies.
Each student is expected to present a program of specialization in communication study from existing structured options (communication, theatre and media production and studies) or a previously approved individual program to approximate the equivalent of a range from 42-54 hours.