B.A. Communication Studies (120 cr)

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Competency (6 cr)

  • Choose one college level composition course:
    • ENG-H140 Advanced Freshman Composition
    • ENG-W131 Reading, Writing, And Inquiry I
  • Choose one second college level composition course:
    • ENG-W132 Elementary Composition II
    • ENG-W230 Science Writing
    • ENG-W231 Professional Writing Skills
    • ENG-W233 Intermediate Expository Writing
    • ENG-W270 Argumentative Writing

Speaking and Listening Competency (3 cr)

Quantitative Reasoning Competency (3-4 cr)

Natural Sciences Competency (5-6 cr)

Humanistic Artistic Competency (6 cr)

Must include at least two different disciplines.
This may include at most one studio course.

Social-Behavioral Competency (6 cr)

Must include at least two different disciplines.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3 cr)

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.

World Languages & Cultures (0-14 cr)

This requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Completing Intermediate II (fourth semester) of a non-English language
  • Completing a 300-400 level course in a non-English language, or an approved study abroad course that meets this language requirement.
  • Receiving credit for non-English language courses via placement exam for Intermediate II (fourth semester).

Major Requirements

You must complete a total of 42 credit hours in Communication Studies: Communication and Culture (CMCL), Speech (SPCH), Journalism (JOUR) or Telecommunication (TEL) areas. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.

Note: The information below reflects requirements as of April 2016. Students who entered the program prior to April 2016 should review the IU East catalog matching their year of entry.

Major Core (18 cr)

  • CMCL-C205 Intro. to Comm. & Culture (Gateway Course)
  • SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication
  • JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • CMCL-C405 Communication Theory
  • CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods
  • CMCL-C490 Capstone in Communication and Culture

Specialized Core (9 cr)

Choose one from each area.

Media (3 cr)

(Inter)Cultural Communication (3 cr)

Relational Communication (3 cr)

Major Electives (15 cr)

Choose any five courses from offerings in CMCL, SPCH, JOUR or TEL, not yet completed. Students should discuss their career goals with their advisor when selecting these courses. New courses may be added to this list at any time; consult with your advisor for details.

Internship

If you major in communication studies at IU East, you may complete an internship with an organization in cooperation with the communication faculty as one of your major electives.

Electives

Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG-W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required in major core and major elective courses.

A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

 

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