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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communication

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (COMBA)

The B.A. major in Communication offers a liberal arts background with emphasis in mass media studies and corporate communication. It prepares students for careers in corporate communication, print and broadcast journalism, multi-media and video production, and advertising/public relations by providing an interdisciplinary study of spoken, written, visual, and technically mediated messages.

For the B.A. degree in Communication, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

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

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 6-18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)[1]
CAS 202 GS(3), COMM 160(1), COMM 251(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CAS 204(3), COMM 315(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14 credits)
COMM 242(3) or COMM 270(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CAS 211(3), CAS 212(3), CAS 213(3), CAS 215(3), CAS 252(3) or CAS 280W(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CAS 271 US;IL(3), or COMM 410 IL(3)
COMM 494(3) or COMM 495(3-6) (Sem: 7-8)
COMM 001(1-3), COMM 002(1-3), COMM 003(1-3), or COMM 004(1-3) (2 credits total) (Sem: 1-8)[1]

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
COMBA students are required to complete 18 credits of supporting coursework, from department approved list. Nine of these credits must be at the 400-level. In consultation with an academic advisor, students will select 9 credits from 2 of 3 Concentrations; 1. Communication Studies, 2. Strategic Communication, and 3. Journalism/Media Production.

[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 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-01-018

Review Date: 08/14/2012

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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