Communication BA/BS

Communication Major

Students explore human interactions and the evaluation of communication processes. Focused tracks are designed to prepare students for specific career paths.

Business and Organizational Communication

Prepares students for careers in communication management, consulting, sales, human resources, operations management, conflict resolution and crisis communication. Advanced courses include organizational communication, teamwork and leadership, negotiation and conflict, and risk and crisis communication.

Digital and Mass Communication

Prepares students to work in media and audience research, mass media criticism, public information and media education and literacy. Advanced courses include interpersonal communication and social media, mass media and social influence, digital and mass communication literacy, and critical analysis of communication and persuasion.

Health Communication

Prepares students to manage, deliver and evaluate health services, health education, hospital administration, and health communication campaigns. Advanced courses include health communication, studies in persuasion, interpersonal communication in health, and health communication campaigns.

Human Communication

Prepares students for careers in general management of communication and information across various contexts. Students can create their track by choosing classes from the other specializations.

Communication Honors

Honor students can choose one of the tracks above and supplement their studies with advanced courses in Communication Theory, Research Methods, and the Honors Seminar.

 

Communication

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Degree Requirements

120 Credit Hours (EXCLUDES: KHP service courses, EXP courses, and remedial courses)
Complete all UK Core requirements, Graduation Writing, BA or BS requirements, and one statistics course 42 Hours at the 300 level or above
2.00 cumulative GPA and 2.00 major GPA required to graduate

Pre-Major Requirements—15 Hours

COM 101—Introduction to Communications
CIS/WRD 110—Composition and Communication I
CIS/WRD 111—Composition and Communication II
COM 252—Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COM 249—Mass Media and Mass Culture

 

Business and Organizational Communication

B.A. and B.S. in Business and Organizational Communication Four Year Plan

Major Requirements—21 Hours
COM 325—Introduction to Organizational Communication

Choose One
COM 425—Communication, Negotiation and Conflict
COM 581—Teamwork and Leadership in Organizations

Choose Two
COM 399—Internship in Communication
COM 525—Advanced Issues in Organizational Communication
COM 535—Risk and Crisis Communication
9 additional hours at COM 325+ level

Cognate–15 Hours
CIS 300—Strategic Business and Professional Communication
COM 315—Understanding Workplace Communication in a Diverse Society
9 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 

Digital and Mass Communication

B.A. and B.S. in Digital and Mass Communication Four Year Plan

Major Requirements–21 Hours
COM 352—Interpersonal Communication and Social Media
COM 449—Mass Media and Social Influence
COM 453—Digital and Mass Communication Media Literacy
COM 553—Critical Analysis of Communication and Persuasion in Popular Culture
9 additional hours at COM 325+ level

Cognate–15 Hours
COM 312—Learning Intercultural Communication Through Media and Film
12 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 

Health Communication

B.A. and B.S. in Health Care Communication Four Year Plan

Major Requirements–21 Hours
COM 471—Introduction to Health Communication
COM 482—Studies in Persuasion
COM 571—Interpersonal Communication in Health Contexts
COM 572—Health Communication Campaigns and Communities
9 additional hours at COM 325+ level

Cognate–15 Hours
COM 311—Patient-Provider Communication
12 additional hours at 300+ level outside COM major

 

Human Communication

B.A. and B.S. in Human Communication Four Year Plan

Major Requirements–21 Hours
12 hours COM 325+ level 9 hours COM 400+ level

Cognate–15 Hours
15 hours at 300+ level outside COM major