Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
ENG 101  English Composition I  OR  HON 150 3
CDC 100  Communication Perspectives 3
CDC 101  Public Speaking 3
CDC 120  Visual Communication I 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 3
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II, ENG 211  Business and Professional Writing, ENG 217  Science and Technical Writing  OR  HON 250  Honors Composition II 3
CDC 150  Imagine, Design, Create 3
CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy, PHI 115  Logic and Language  OR  PHI 311  Formal Logic I 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ART 270  Art History Today, CDC 252  The Art of Film  OR  PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory 3
CDC 200  Truth and Representation
3
CDC 151  Producing Media Messages I
3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course
6
   
Fourth Semester 15
PHI 220  Ethics 3
CDC 220  Visual Culture 3
CDC 230  Strategic Professional Communication 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
CDC 304  Communication Research  OR  PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory
3
Required Related Elective*
3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 9
   
Sixth Semester 15
Required Related Electives*
6
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Required Related Electives* 6
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 15
CDC 490  Theorizing Human Communication  OR  ART 422  After Modernism 3
CDC 498  Senior Project in Communication, Design and Culture  OR  CDC 499  Career Design Strategies 3
Required Related Elective* 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 6
Total 120

* Advanced Standing Electives (select at least one from each category)

Conversations/Seminars

  • CDC 310  Seminar in CDC
  • CDC 350  Image, Sound, Text
  • CDC 431  PR Cases and Problems 
  • CDC 490  Theorizing Human Communication
  • CDC 461  Communication and Social Meaning 
  • CDC 465  Media Ethics 

Experiential Learning

  • CDC 301  Advanced Performance 
  • CDC 311  Special Experience Lab in CDC 
  • CDC 331  Public Relations Applications 
  • CDC 351  Media Production II 
  • CDC 430  PR & Integrated Communication Practicum
  • CDC 432  Public Relations Campaign Management
  • CDC 451  Producing Media Messages III
  • CDC 455  Media Writing III 
  • CDC 497  Internship in CDC 

Area Studies

  • ART 422  After Modernism
  • CDC 210  Special Topics in CDC 
  • CDC 302  Persuasion 
  • CDC 303  Organizational Communications
  • CDC 304  Communication Research
  • CDC 305  Sports Com & Media Relations
  • CDC 312  Area Studies in CDC 
  • CDC 330  Intro to Public Relations
  • CDC 355  Media Writing I 
  • CDC 356  Media Writing II 
  • CDC 357  Media Management
  • CDC 370  Challenges in Communicating Science 
  • CDC 431  PR Cases & Problems
  • CDC 450  Media, Society, Culture
  • CDC 460  Phil of Art, His, Theory & Criticism 
  • CDC 498  Senior Project in CDC 
  • CDC 499  Career Design Strategies
  • PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory