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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
(0-3 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: 9-21 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45 credits
(This includes 0-3 of these credits of General Education courses: 0-3 credits of GA courses in the Journalism/Media Productions (Multimedia Area).)

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 (17 credits) [1]
Select 3 credits from CAS 101 GS(3), CAS 175 GH(3), COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 110 GH(3), COMM 118 GS(3), COMM 150 GA(3), COMM 168 GH(3), or COMM 180 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
COMM 242(3); or COMM 270(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CAS 212(3); or CAS 252(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CAS 271 US;IL(3); or COMM 410 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
COMM 494(3); or COMM 495(3-6) (Sem: 7-8)
Select two credits from the following: COMM 001(1-3), COMM 002(1-3), COMM 003(1-3), or COMM 004(1-3) (Sem: 1-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits) [1]
COMBA students are required to complete 15 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 6-9 credits from 2 of 3 Concentrations; 1. Communication Studies, 2. Strategic Communication, and 3. Journalism/Media Production. (Sem: 1-8)

[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 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-02-013

Review Date: 10/7/2014

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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