Degree Requirements

Link to 2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin for Communication Studies

 

Majoring in Communication Studies:

Bachelor of Arts

Departmental Requirements

• Three courses from the following with a grade of C or better in each: COMM 120, 140, 160, or 170

• Four COMM courses in a concentration

• Three COMM electives

• Among the 10 COMM courses required for the major, three  COMM courses must be numbered 400 or higher.

Majors in the Department of Communication Studies must take a total of 30 credit hours in the department, including three of the four courses identified as core courses and at least three courses numbered 400 or higher. The core courses are COMM 120, 140, 160, and 170. Students must successfully complete these core requirements with a C or better in each course. The core courses also serve as prerequisites for further work within each concentration.

Additionally, each major must have a coherent program of study, defined as at least four courses in an area of study/concentration identified by the department, or at least four courses selected and justified by the student and approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

 

Pre-Selected Concentrations in Communication Studies

Students should select one of the following concentrations and take a minimum of four courses within that concentration. Core courses do not count as one of the four required courses within the selected concentration. Additional courses that are not listed under any concentration may be used to meet major requirements but not concentration requirements.

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (COMM 120 is a prerequisite for most of the interpersonal and organizational communication courses; consult course descriptions): COMM

226, 312, 411, 422, 521, 523, 524, 525, 527, 620, 622, 624, 625, 629; COMM/MNGT 223, 325; COMM/WMST 224

Media Studies and Production (COMM 140 is a prerequisite for most of the media courses; consult course descriptions): COMM 130, 142, 230, 330, 411, 412, 431, 432, 434, 450, 451, 452, 534, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 550, 551, 553, 635, 636, 639, 645, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656, 658, 659, 681, 682, 683

Performance Studies (COMM 160 is a prerequisite for most of the performance courses; consult course descriptions): COMM 260, 261, 262, 263, 362, 364, 411, 435, 437, 464, 466, 532, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667, 668, 669

Rhetorical Studies (COMM 170 is a suggested first course for all rhetorical studies courses; consult course descriptions): COMM 171, 312, 372, 374, 375, 376, 411, 470, 471, 500, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 577, 675, 679

 

Specialized Concentration in Communication Studies

A student may create her or his own concentration by selecting at least four courses that constitute a coherent program of study.  The courses selected in this concentration must be justified by the student and must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

 

Minoring in Communication Studies

The only minor currently offered in the department of Communication Studies is the Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor. Strong skills in creative writing and English are required,  and there is an application process for interested students.

The Undergraduate Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences in now offered through the School of Medicine.  For more information, please visit their website:

http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/sphs/students/for-unc-undergraduates