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";
Degree Requirements

Group I—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.

Group II—Foreign languages
Each student is required to demonstrate a proficiency in a language by one of the options listed below:

  • Those students who have completed two years of one foreign language in high school may select a planned program of at least four courses involving study of foreign or ethnic cultures drawn from a list approved by the major department;
  • Graduating from a high school where all instruction was conducted in a language other than English;
  • Passing a proficiency examination 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 same language area or fewer by advanced placement);

Note: Foreign language courses numbered 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 2120 apply to Group II, not Group V.

German, Russian, East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese)

  • Completion of GERM 1010 and 1020 plus a minimum of six additional hours from: GERM 1170, 1180, 2010, 2020, 2170, 2180, 2310, 3310 and/or GERM 2600, 3150, 3160, 3600, 4150;
  • Completion of CHIN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
  • Completion of JAPN 1010, 1020, plus a minimum of six additional hours from: JAPN 2010, 2020, 2150, 2160, 3120, and 4150;
  • Completion of RUSN 1010 and 1020 plus a minimum of six additional hours from RUSN 2010, 2020, 2150, 2160, 3130, 3170, 3310 and/or 3120, 4150.

Romance and Classical Studies (French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish)

  • Option I:
    • Romance and Classical Studies
      • FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
      • GRK 1010 and 1020 and six additional hours from GRK 2010, 2020, CLCV 2410, 2420, 2450
      • ITAL 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
      • LAT 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020;
      • SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020.
  • Option II: (one of the following)
    • Romance and Classical Studies
      • FREN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2120;
      • LAT 1010, 1020 and two of LAT 2010; CLCV 2410, 2420, 2450;
      • SPAN 1010, 1020, 2010, 2120
    • American Sign Language
      • EDIS 3240, 3250, 3260, 3270

A student may transfer at any point from Option I to Option II, but not vice versa. Course 2020 is required for admission to 3000-level courses. Credit toward a degree is not granted for foreign language courses which duplicate more than two units of high school study.

Group III—Mathematics and science
Each student must complete at least two courses in natural science elected from the BG Perspective program that are also approved for the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements. One course must be approved for laboratory credit and one approved quantitative literacy course as listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Handbook.

Group IV—Social sciences
Each student must complete one course in addition to the BG Perspective program. Two departments must be represented. A list of approved courses is printed in the College of Arts and Sciences Handbook.

Group V—Arts and humanities
Each student must complete one course in addition to the BG Perspective program requirement. Two departments must be represented. A list of courses approved for Group V requirements is printed in the College of Arts and Sciences Handbook. Foreign language courses numbered 1000, 1020, 2010, 2020, 2120 apply to Group II, not Group V.

Group VI—Cognate studies experience
Students must complete, as specified by the nature of their specialized program, six additional courses from at least two of the above groups.

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.