Communications, B.A. (COMAL)
The curriculum of this B.A. in Communications provides a general grounding in traditional media forms along with work in the area of media convergence. Students must do coursework at both the practical and theoretical level. On the theory side, coursework will be offered in the areas of media criticism and theory, visual communications, and media history at the introductory and advanced levels. On the applied side, coursework will be offered in video and audio production, news writing and photojournalism, radio and television studio production, and public relations and advertising at the introductory and advanced levels. In the Convergent Media News Service courses, which form the most distinctive component of the program, students will actually produce and deliver a college news service in print, broadcasting (TV and streaming radio), and a multimedia online format. This hands-on experience will provide students an opportunity to create materials suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Although not required, students will be strongly encouraged to do an internship sometime during their junior or senior years. Finally, the capstone Convergent Media Seminar will bring seniors together to consider the larger, theoretical issues related to the fast-paced changes in communications today and into the future. With a degree in this program, students will be well-positioned to go right into industry, where they will be able to compete in a number of different job markets, or to graduate school for advanced training.
For the B.A. in Communications, a minimum of 123 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
ELECTIVES: 12 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 42 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (30 credits)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive
a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
Contact:Dr. Robert C. Trumpbour
Associate Professor of Communications
Arts and Humanities
Office: 102 Cypress Building