Communication - Undergraduate Programs

Overview

The degree Bachelor of Arts in Communication is offered with multiple specializations. The department curricula provide students with an overview of the role and function of communication in society. These courses present a broad academic exposure, including theories, skills, techniques, critical analysis, historical perspectives, and aesthetic appreciation.

The Department of Communication seeks to emphasize theories and techniques which give students the ability to adapt to rapid changes in communication technology.

Within the major disciplines, specializations are available in advertising, broadcasting, communication technology, journalism, public relations, organizational communication, and speech communication. Additionally, there are two specializations for teacher certification: secondary teaching level in journalism and secondary teaching level in speech communication. Contact the College of Education for more information.

All majors in the Department of Communication must complete the following core courses. COMM 2315 must be completed before taking any three or four thousand level course in the department. The department math requirement must be completed before reaching 60 hours.

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3

Declaring a Major in the Department of Communication

I. Admission to Major

All undergraduate students seeking to declare a major in the Department of Communication (ADVT, BCMN, COMS, CTEC, JOUR, PREL) must meet the following criteria:

Completion of a minimum of 12 hours in residence at The University of Texas at Arlington with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25/4.0.

Students that do not meet these minimum requirements can request to be admitted as a COMM Intended major. Please see restrictions below.

II. Admission as a COMM Intended Major

  1. Completion of a minimum of 12 hours in residence at The University of Texas at Arlington with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0.
  2. COMM Intended majors may enroll in up to a total of 18 hours in the Department of Communication (ADVT, BCMN, COMS, CTEC, JOUR, PREL).
  3. Students who do not achieve a cumulative UT Arlington GPA of 2.25/4.0 by the completion of 18 hours in the Department of Communication will not be cleared to continue in the department.

III. Dismissal from Department of Communication COMM Intended Status

Students who do not meet the requirements for declaring a Department of Communication major after completing eighteen (18) hours of communication course work will not be allowed to take additional communication courses at UT Arlington. The student will be suspended from the Department of Communication COMM Intended status and must choose a major other than COMM Intended at that time in order to remain enrolled at UT Arlington.

General Academic Standards in the Department of Communication

  1. Graduation as a major in the Department of Communication must meet the UT Arlington graduation standard of a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.
  2. Graduation as a major in the Department of Communication must meet the department graduation standard of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 in all department courses (ADVT, BCMN, COMS, CTEC, JOUR, PREL).

Certificate in Emerging Media

This certificate provides students with expertise in using and managing emerging media to communicate effectively to audiences in a variety of situations, across multiple platforms.

To earn this certificate students must complete the following classes with a grade of C or better:

BCMN 2370MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION (Broadcast majors must take BCMN 2358 )3
PREL 3320STRATEGIC SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION3
CTEC 2350WEB COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 13
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
Total Hours12

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
Students must take ENGL 1301 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I and ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (Note: These courses also fulfill requirements in the General Core) Students should see their individual sequence for the specific COMS requirement.
Modern and Classical Languages: 1441, 1442, 2313, 2314 (with a total of 14 hours). Electives sufficient to give the total number of hours required for a degree14
Professional Courses
Major
A minimum of 39 semester hours, with 18 at the 3000/4000 level. A student must complete the requirements for one of the departmental specializations. 39
Minor, Certificate, or Electives
Students may complete an optional minor consisting of 18 hours, six of which must be at the 3000/4000 level. The minor will be selected after consulting with an advisor. Students may also complete the Certificate in Emerging Media, or the minor may be combined with the Certificate. Students must also take electives as needed to bring the total number of credit hours to 120.25
Total Hours120

Department of Communication Degree Programs

Advertising

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA3
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
PREL 2338INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS3
ECON 2305PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS3
ADVT 2337INTRODUCTION TO ADVERTISING 13
ADVT 3304STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION I 13
ADVT 3305ADVERTISING MEDIA 13
ADVT 3306STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION II 13
ADVT 4300INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION (IMC) MANAGEMENT 13
ADVT 4301ADVERTISING AND IMC CAMPAIGNS 13
Total Hours42
1

ADVT majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes.

Advertising majors must meet the following math requirement: MATH 1308 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, with a grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher.

Broadcasting

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
BCMN 2347BROADCAST WRITING AND REPORTING 13
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA 13
BCMN 2357RADIO PRODUCTION I 13
BCMN 2358TELEVISION PRODUCTION I 13
BCMN 2360INTRODUCTION TO BROADCASTING 13
BCMN 3340ELECTRONIC NEWS 13
BCMN 3350TELEVISION REPORTING I 13
or BCMN 3319 BROADCAST MANAGEMENT
BCMN 3355BROADCAST ANNOUNCING 13
or COMS 2305 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
BCMN 4350TELEVISION REPORTING II 13
or BCMN 4322 CORPORATE VIDEO PRODUCTION
Electives in the department at the 3000/4000 level3
Total Hours39
1

BCMN majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes including COMS 2305 and BCMN 4322.

Communication Studies

Organizational Communication

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS 13
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 2304GROUP COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES3
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMS 3309ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMS 4315BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS 13
Select two of the following:6
GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY 1
COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS 1
COMMUNICATION IN HUMAN RELATIONS 1
INTERVIEW PRINCIPLES
Select two of the following:6
PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION 1
MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION 1
COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 1
Total Hours39

Speech Communication

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 2304GROUP COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES3
COMS 3310GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY 13
COMS 3312BACKGROUNDS OF PUBLIC ADDRESS 13
or COMS 4302 MODERN PUBLIC ADDRESS
COMS 3315COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS 13
COMS 3316COMMUNICATION IN HUMAN RELATIONS 13
Select one of the following:3
ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE 1
ORAL INTERPRETATION OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE 1
Select two of the following:6
PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION 1
BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS 1
READERS THEATRE 1
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP 1
Total Hours39
1

COMS majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes including COMS 4302.

 Communication Technology

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
COMS 2302PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA3
CTEC 2350WEB COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 1 13
CTEC 3320MULTIMODAL COMMUNICATION AND DESIGN 13
CTEC 3350WEB COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 2 13
CTEC 4309INTERNET MARKETING COMMUNICATION 13
CTEC 4321DIGITAL COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT 13
or CTEC 4323 USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCH AND DESIGN
CTEC 4350WEB COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 3 13
Elective in the department3
Total Hours39
1

CTEC majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes including CTEC 4323.

Journalism

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
JOUR 2330INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM3
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA3
JOUR 2340PHOTOJOURNALISM I3
JOUR 2346REPORTING3
JOUR 3345COPY EDITING3
JOUR 4341DIGITAL STORYTELLING 13
JOUR 4346PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING 13
Nine hours from the following9
PHOTOJOURNALISM II 1
FEATURE WRITING 1
OPINION & PERSUASIVE WRITING 1
SPECIAL TOPICS (May be repeated)
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Total Hours39
1

JOUR majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes.

Journalism majors must meet the following math requirement: MATH 1308 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, with a grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher.

Public Relations

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
JOUR 2346REPORTING 13
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA 13
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
ADVT 2337INTRODUCTION TO ADVERTISING3
ECON 2305PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS3
PREL 2338INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS 13
PREL 3339PUBLIC RELATIONS METHODS 13
PREL 3355PUBLIC RELATIONS CASE STUDIES 13
PREL 4320PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT 13
PREL 4316PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS 13
Total Hours42
1

PREL majors must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher in all of these classes.

Public relations majors must meet the following math requirement: MATH 1308 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, with a grade of C (2.0/4.0 scale) or higher.

Teacher Certification

Department specializations that provide for teacher certification are the following: secondary teaching level in journalism or speech communication. Students interested in Texas Teacher Certification should consult the College of Education section of this catalog for the most recent changes in requirements regarding admission to teacher education, completion of University programs in preparation for certification, and eligibility for certification after graduation. Students whose major is taken in the Department of Communication will complete all of the hours listed in the major field. Students seeking teacher certification with a major in a communication field should follow the sections below: 

SECONDARY CERTIFICATION, JOURNALISM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
JOUR 2330INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM3
COMM 2311WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA3
JOUR 2340PHOTOJOURNALISM I3
JOUR 2346REPORTING3
JOUR 3345COPY EDITING3
JOUR 4346PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING3
JOUR 4341DIGITAL STORYTELLING3
Nine hours of the following 9
PHOTOJOURNALISM II
FEATURE WRITING
OPINION & PERSUASIVE WRITING
SPECIAL TOPICS (May be repeated)
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Total Hours39

SECONDARY CERTIFICATION, SPEECH COMMUNICATION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

COMM 2315COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMM 3300COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 2304GROUP COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES3
COMS 3310GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY3
COMS 3312BACKGROUNDS OF PUBLIC ADDRESS3
or COMS 4302 MODERN PUBLIC ADDRESS
COMS 3315COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS3
COMS 3316COMMUNICATION IN HUMAN RELATIONS3
Select one of the following3
ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE
ORAL INTERPRETATION OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Select two of the following6
PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION
BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS
READERS THEATRE
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Total Hours39

Certificate in Emerging Media

This certificate provides students with expertise in using and managing emerging media to communicate effectively to audiences in a variety of situations, across multiple platforms.

To earn this certificate students must complete the classes listed below with a grade of C or better.  Broadcast majors must take BCMN 2358 instead of BCMN 2370.

BCMN 2370MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION (Broadcast majors must take BCMN 2358 )3
COMM 3303COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS3
PREL 3320STRATEGIC SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION3
CTEC 2350WEB COMMUNICATION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 13
Total Hours12