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Communications (COMCC) - Archive

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2004

Communications (COMCC) - Archive

Commonwealth College: Penn State Beaver, Penn State Delaware County, Penn State McKeesport, Penn State New Kensington

With the rapid development of digital technologies over the last decade, the field of communications has seen unprecedented growth and convergence of medium in media both technologically and structurally. The communications degree program addresses strongly articulated employer requirements for the workplace through an integrated program model. The degree provides the basic theoretical foundations of the discipline, allows for appropriate branching outside the traditional curriculum, and permits a drawing from appropriate courses in the disciplines of information sciences and technology, communications, arts and sciences, English and business.

The degree in communications provides two options for students who wish to develop their written and verbal skills in an effort to gain professional employment in fields such as public relations, publishing, speech writing, video and multimedia, production, and/or journalism.

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: In extending traditional organizational communication and public relations to the digital age, this option prepares public relations specialists to compete in a global society. The program is also effective as preparation for e-commerce.

JOURNALISM OPTION: In today's workplace, journalism graduates are required to regularly engage rapidly converging media in their work. This option offers graduates a competitive advantage by complementing traditional options (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV) with convergent coursework designed to prepare students for professional journalism in the digital age.

For a B.A. degree in Communications, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(9-13 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 9-13 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 52 credits
(This includes 9-13 credits of General Education courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 0-4 credits GQ courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 28 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (16 credits)[1]
COMM 100 GS(3), IST 110(4) (Sem: 1-2)
COMM 260W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 494(3), COMM 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (12 credits)
AM ST 105 GH;GI(3) or PHIL 103 GH(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PSY 002 GS(3) or SOC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CAS 201(3) or CAS 202(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24 credits

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (12 credits)
CAS 252(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 370(3) (Sem: 5-6)
COMM 471(3), MKTG 310(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (12-13 credits)
Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not required in the program.
MKTG 221(3) or MKTG 221W(3) or MKTG 301(3) or MKTG 301W(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits from the following (at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level):
B A 100(3), B A 243(3), CAS 203 GS(3), CAS 214W(3), CAS 352(3), CAS 452W(3), CAS 404(3), CAS 471(3), COMM 270(3), COMM 283W(3), COMM 403(3), COMM 404(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 413(3), COMM 473(3), ENGL 411(3), ENGL 419(3), ENGL 420(3), ENGL 421(3), CC 401(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 5-8)

JOURNALISM OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (12 credits)
COMM 403(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 460W(3), ENGL 420(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (12 credits)
Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not required in the program.
Select 12 credits from the following: CAS 203(3), CAS 426W(3), COMM 205 GI(3), COMM 261(3), COMM 269(3), COMM 270(3), COMM 283W(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 413(3), COMM 461(3), COMM 470A(3), COMM 470B(3), COMM 470C(3), ENGL 210(3), ENGL 215(3), ENGL 411(3), ENGL 415(3), ENGL 416(3), ENGL 417(3) (Sem: 3-8)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-05-130

Review Date: 02/11/03

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