Apr 22, 2024  
Spring 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Spring 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication, B.A.


The Communication program’s mission is to generate and share knowledge about human communication in a variety of social contexts and to teach applications for ethical and effective interaction in personal and professional settings. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in organizational settings, responsible citizenship, critical thinking about communication phenomena in society, as well as advanced studies in the field of communication. We offer courses covering human communication in a variety of contexts, which are reflected in the program’s three areas of emphasis: 1) Professional Communication, 2) Interpersonal Communication, and 3) Advocacy and Social Justice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in communication are expected to:

  1. Describe the Communication discipline and its central questions
  2. Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.
  3. Create messages appropriate to audience, purpose, and context.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals.
  5. Critically analyze messages.
  6. Ethically utilize communication to embrace difference and influence public discourse. 

Major, Bachelor of Arts (39 hours) - minor required - 2.5 GPA and C grades or better required for Major Requirements, Area of Emphasis, and COMM Electives

Communication Core (27 hours)

Area of Emphasis (choose one for 12 hours)

  1. Professional Communication
  2. Interpersonal Communication
  3. Advocacy and Social Justice

COMM Electives: 6 hours of ADV, COMM, JOUR, or MDIA coursework and courses used in the Communication Core or Area of Emphasis (excluding COMM 1990 , COMM 3060 , COMM 3990 , COMM 4890 , COMM 4900 , COMM 4910 )

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements


Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
   _____________________________    ________

   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120 - Seminar in Research Writing                                   

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Arts & Sciences Requirements (WLC)


World Languages and Cultures (_____ yrs of HS_______) 

Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook regarding approved course options in the different language and culture areas. 
​   ________1010_________________    ________ 
​   ________1020_________________    ________ 
​   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 

Lab Science  

   _____________________________    ________ 

Multidisciplinary Component

Select from approved offerings, in consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor. Four courses total, each with a different subject prefix. At least two courses at 3000/4000 level. Courses applied to the Arts & Sciences MDC may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.   
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________  

Major Requirements


Communication Core


(27 Hours)

Theory Requirement


(3 Hours)

Media Literacy Requirement


(3 Hours)

School of Media & Communication Electives


(6 Hours) 

Choose SIX hours from ADV, COMM, JOUR, or MDIA. Any COMM or MDIA courses used in the Communication Core Requirement and Areas of Emphasis cannot be applied to this elective.

Total Hours: 39


Area of Emphasis


(12 Hours)

Choose ONE area of emphasis. Any courses used in the Communication Core Requirement cannot be applied any of the Area of Emphasis.

Minor Requirements


(Usually 21 Hours)

For Graduation You Will Need:


  1. 122 credit hours minimum.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.00.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of BGSU course work.
  4. 40 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level.
  5. Completion of all degree requirements, including the BG Perspective Core.
  6. A major, and if required, a minor, specialization or emphasis.

Any substitution or waiver of courses required for your major or minor program must originate in the department/school offering the major or minor and must be approved by the College Office.

To ensure a timely graduation, see a College Advisor during the semester prior to your intended graduation.

Remember to complete an Application for Graduation by the end of the second week of classes during the fall semester or spring regular session, or by the end of the first week of the summer semester. For the specific dates, check your DARS. You may log onto MyBGSU to complete the online application. After the deadlines, you will need to complete an application in person in the College Office.