The School of Communication offers courses in four (4) degree programs: B.A. in Entertainment and the Recording Industry Management (ENTERTAINMENT & RECORDING INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT), B.A. in Speech Communication (COMMUNICATION ARTS & SCIENCES), B.A. in Journalism (JOURNALISM), B.A. in Telecommunication (RADIO, TELEVISION & FILM). Also, minors in journalism, communicative arts and sciences, and radio, television, film are offered for students in disciplines where the declaration of a minor is required.
Students who are first-time degree seekers are required to declare a minor in a second academic discipline and are cautioned that grades less than “C”, including “C-”, are unacceptable in courses designated as major or minor courses in the pursuit of the degree.
Entertainment and the Recording Industry Management is an interdisciplinary major. Course requirements are offered in accounting, communication, mathematics, management, finance, and radio, television, film. Students are also required to select a specialty, requiring 18 credits, in one of the following areas: business communications, computer science, health science, education (sports), music, or public affairs. (SEE ADVISOR)
In selecting minors for curriculum tracks for either of the undergraduate degrees offered, students should seek detailed advisement from their designated advisors because the selection of a minor having representative courses in the core curriculum or other requirements for the degree selected could impact the total number of credits required. In no case will students qualify for graduation at the undergraduate level with fewer than 120 semester credit hours satisfactorily completed.
The primary mission of the School of Communication is to prepare students majoring and minoring in departmental curricular offerings for entry into the workforce and for graduate study. A secondary mission is to ensure that all students matriculating through the university have an understanding of the impact of communication skills upon all aspects of society.
Requirements for the B.A. degrees are summarized below with exact requirements and semester credit hours needed for graduation dependent upon the track selected for the respective degree. Students pursing either of the B.A. degrees must first be admitted to the department before attempting to meet degree requirements. Regardless of the degree and associated track selected by students, emphasis in the overall curriculum is placed on the development of high communication skills. Students accepted to major status in the school are required to pass an exit examination during the calendar year of their expected graduation. Students failing this examination will not graduate and must wait until the next regularly scheduled examination to retake it.
For a minor in journalism, twenty-three (23) semester credit hours are required through enrollment in the following courses: JOUR 130 (3 credits), JOUR 132 (4 credits), JOUR 238 (4 credits), JOUR 253 (3 credits), and nine (9) additional JOUR credits of choice, all of which must be at the 300-level or 400-level.
For a minor in communicative arts and sciences, twenty-two (22) semester credit hours are required through enrollment in the following courses: SC 110 (1 credit), SC 136 (3 credits), SC 230 (3 credits), SC 232 (3 credits), SC 330 (3 credits), SC 332 (3 credits), and six (6) additional SC credits of choice, three (3) of which must be at the 300-level or 400-level.
For a minor in radio, television, film, twenty-one (21) semester credit hours are required through enrollment in the following courses: RTF 230 (3 credits), RTF 231 (4 credits), RTF 331 (3 credits), RTF 344 (3 credits), RTF 365 or RTF 368 (4 credits each), and RTF 375 or RTF 378 (4 credits each).
Students wishing to pursue either a major or minor offered through the department must petition for admission by completing and returning the appropriate form for such through the department office. Students petitioning for either status must have an overall GPA of 2.50 or better; must have completed the following courses with grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-“ are unacceptable): ENG 131, ENG 132, and CM 130; and must also have completed the introductory course(s) for the chosen degree and track with grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-“ are unacceptable): both JOUR 130 and JOUR 132, or only JOUR 132 for the journalism degree in the advertising and public relations specialty, or SC 136, or both RTF 230 and RTF 231. The overall GPA minimum must also be maintained after admission. In addition, students are responsible for verifying their compliance with ASSET and or equivalent requirements and their eradication of any academic deficiencies previously identified by the University at the time they request admission to the Department. Upon admission, each student is assigned an official advisor and is expected to keep the department office informed of address and telephone number changes up to the time of graduation.
In summary, an interested student must first gain admission to the university; must meet his or her ASSET and or equivalent responsibility; must eradicate identified academic deficiencies; and must petition for admission as either a major or minor to the School of Communication. Once admitted, each student is provided with extensive advisement before further progression toward the completion of degree requirements is undertaken. Questions may be directed to the School of Communication Student Services Center at (713) 313-7670. The School of Communication Student Services Center is located in 216 MLK Building. The Dean’s Office is located in 222 MLK Building.
Undergraduate Degree Plans
B.A. in Speech Communication
B.A. in Journalism
B.A. in Telecommunication