Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication (BA)

Hours Required

120 semester credit hours (SCH): 45 hours must be advanced, with fulfillment of degree requirements as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation" section of this catalog.

Requirements

University Core Curriculum
Select 42 SCH as outlined in the suggested plans and as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation"42
Math Elective
Select 3 SCH from any math course above the level of College Algebra3
Life & Physical Science Lab
Select 1 SCH compatible with Life & Physical Science course1
Foreign Language/Study Abroad
Select 6 SCH in course work (not credit by exam) above the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. Thus, students who meet the university’s foreign language graduation requirement by earning 6 hours of credit by exam, may take 6 SCH in the same language but at the intermediate level or above, or they may take 6 SCH of another foreign language at the introductory level. This requirement may also be met by earning 6 SCH in any subject while participating in a TAMIU-approved Study Abroad program while living for at least 4 weeks in another country. 6
Major
COMM 3300Intro to Theo Prin of Comm3
COMM 3310Methods of Inquiry:Quant Rsch3
COMM 3312Methods of Inquiry:Qual Rsch3
COMM 4350Internship3
COMM 4360Comm Theory&Practice3
Select 6 SCH from the following:6
Photo I: Intro to Visual Comm
Video Production Lab
and Video Production I
Video Production II Lab
and Video Production II
Video Editing and Post Prod I
and Video Editing&Post Prod I Lab
Video Editing and Post-Prod II
and Video Editing&Post Prod Lab
Media Writing
Photography II: Intro to Photo
Broadcasting Production I
Broadcasting Production II
Special Issues in Comm (if the topic has a media focus)
Select 12 SCH from remaining COMM courses12
Minor
Select a minimum of 18 SCH from one discipline at least twelve of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. See Appendix C. Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 18
General Electives
Select 17 SCH, at least 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of the resulting general electives in their major curriculum17
Note 1
Concentration in Media Production will be earned if 15 SCH of the work done for the major is taken from COMM 2331, 3331, 3102/3202, 3123/3223, 3132/3232, 3133/3233, 3309 (if topic has media production focus), 3327, or 4330 (if topic has a media production focus). Student desiring a concentration in Media Production noted on their transcript must request it on their Application for Graduation.
Note 2
Certain courses (COMM 3309, 3324 and 4330) may be taken more than once for credit within the degree program when topic changes.
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; responsible for meeting all course prerequisites; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate online.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
UNIV 1101 Learn a Global Context I 1
Creative Arts 3
COMM Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877 3
MATH - Math Elective 3
UNIV 1402 Signature Course 4
Social/Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
PSCI 2305 American National Government 3
COMM Elective 3
COMM Elective 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PSCI 2306 American State Government 3
General Elective 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Junior
Fall
COMM 3300 Intro to Theo Prin of Comm 3
Adv General Elective 3
Minor/General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 3310 Methods of Inquiry:Quant Rsch 3
COMM - Adv COMM Elective 3
General Elective 3
Adv General Elective 2
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Senior
Fall
COMM 4360 Comm Theory&Practice 3
COMM 3312 Methods of Inquiry:Qual Rsch 3
COMM - Adv COMM Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Adv General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COMM 4350 Internship 3
COMM - Adv COMM Elective 3
Adv General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120
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Major: Certain courses (COMM 3309, COMM 3324, and COMM 4330) may be taken more than once (when topics vary) for credit within the degree program.

BA/MA OPTION: See Combined BA/MA Programs in this section

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Concentration in Media Production (optional): Will be earned if 15 SCH of the work done for the major are taken from COMM 2331, COMM 3102/COMM 3202, COMM 3123/COMM 3223, COMM 3132/COMM 3232, COMM 3133/COMM 3233, COMM 3309 (if topic has media production focus), COMM 3327, COMM 3332, COMM 3333or COMM 4330 (if topic has a media production focus). Students desiring a Concentration in Media Production noted on their transcript must request it on their Application for Graduation.

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.

Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.