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Recommended Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications (COMAL)

Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 GWS: Honors Freshman Composition3
COMM 100: The Mass Media and Society OR COMM 150: The Art of the Cinema3
Arts (GA)3
Foreign Language4
Humanities (GH)3
Total Credits16
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 2Credits
Quantification (GQ)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Humanities (GH)3
Elective3
First-Year Seminar (FYS)1
Foreign Language4
Total Credits15.5
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 3Credits
Quantification (GQ)3
Foreign Language4
COMM 100: The Mass Media and Society OR COMM 150: The Art of the Cinema3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
B.A. Requirement3
Total Credits16
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 4Credits
COMM 242: Basic Video/Filmmaking 3
CAS 100 (GWS): Effective Speech3
ENGL 202D GWS: Effective Writing3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Elective2
Total Credits15.5
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 5Credits
COMM Theory*3
Arts (GA)3
COMM Theory*3
COMM 260W: News Writing and Reporting3
B.A. Requirement3
Total Credits15
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 6Credits
COMM Theory*3
COMM Application*3
COMM 470 A or B: Convergent Media Newspaper or Radio3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
US Cultures (US)3
Total Credits15
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 7Credits
COMM Theory*3
COMM Application*3
COMM 470 A or B: Convergent Media Newspaper or Radio3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Elective3
Total Credits15
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan
Semester 8Credits
COMM 490A: Convergent Media Seminar3
COMM Application*3
B.A. Requirement3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Elective3
Total Credits15

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

*Consult with adviser for appropriate selections


For more information:

Kevin Moist

Dr. Kevin M. Moist

Associate Professor of Communications
Arts and Humanities

Office: 101D Cypress Building
Phone: 814-949-5779
Email: @psu.edu

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