May 25, 2022  
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, B.A.

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Students in the undergraduate major in Communication, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences ,  develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the processes and impact of human and media communication. The curriculum is designed to assist students in developing their abilities to communicate effectively and ethically in written, verbal, and visual forms within shifting technological, socio-cultural, political, leadership, and economic environments. Students are prepared to exemplify professional communication practices that promote human relations as informed and engaged global citizens.

In addition to a core of communication courses, students majoring in Communication choose a sequence of courses in either strategic communication or human communication. Each sequence includes practical skills as well as the applied understanding necessary for career development. To gain real world experience, students may apply for internships in commercial and not-for-profit organizations, as well as Chicago media, or in various departments and units across the university

A concentration in strategic communication offers students a broad foundation in the theory and skills necessary for a career in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to advertising, public relations, journalism, and more. The human communication concentration explores multiple aspects of human interaction providing a foundation for students to communicate effectively and with integrity as informed and engaged global citizens. Students in any concentration are also encouraged to choose a minor, such as American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or Latino Studies. Graduates of the program have careers in professions such as advertising, public relations, consulting, mentoring, customer service, sales, human resources and training, media management, media writing, speechwriting, and public affairs. The Communication program offers instruction with computer and multimedia technology that is annually augmented and always contemporary, if not ahead of the curve. Students enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2019 should refer to the 2018-2019 catalog to complete their program of study.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. In addition, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required Communication courses. Students not receiving a “C” or higher are only allowed to repeat the course once.

Some required and selective courses are offered only once per academic year. Students are strongly advised to register well in advance of the start of courses, and to consult closely with their academic advisors upon entering and while in the program to ensure individual study plans are aligned with the university schedule. No more than three credit hours of COMM-4050  may be applied to the degree. Transfer students should take COMM-3099  in their first term.

General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

See Bachelor’s Degree Requirements  for general education requirements.

Core Courses (21 Hours)

Concentrations (20 - 22 Hours)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Strategic Communication

Human Communication

Communication Electives (8-12 Hours)

Select eight to twelve hours of upper division communication courses with advisor approval.

Electives (15 Hours)

When selecting 15 credit hours of elective coursework, students are strongly encouraged to select a minor to complement their program of study and to support their personal and professional goals.

Total Credit Hours - 120 Hours

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