Communication, Fine Arts and Media

General Information

The College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) includes the Departments of Art & Art History, Music, Theatre, Writer’s Workshop, and the School of Communication, offering the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Graduate degrees (offered through Graduate Studies)

As part of a metropolitan university, the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media strives to provide innovation and leadership through programs designed to meet student needs, and appeal to a wide range of people. Cooperative programs with existing organizations in the community and region, utilizing the talents of local professionals, give the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media its special character and vitality.

Featuring a wide variety of exhibitions, broadcasts, performances, concerts and readings, the combination of theory and practice within the college provides students with enriching experiences that make the difference between obtaining a degree and getting an education, between knowing and understanding.

Admission to the College

Admission to programs in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media follow regular admission procedures of the University outlined in the current undergraduate catalog. The application deadline for admission to a degree seeking program is August 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester.

Students who wish to transfer into CFAM from another college within the University must obtain written permission from and meet with a CFAM Dean’s Office adviser. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 is required to transfer into the college.

General College Requirements and Policies

Total Minimum Hours

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of college credit toward the degree of Bachelorof Science in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art or Bachelor of Music (minimum credit hour requirement variable dependent on art or music education concentration). Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of college credit toward the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art Studio and Creative Writing) or the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Students must maintain close contact with an adviser each semester to insure progress toward fulfillment of their course of study.

Maximum Hour Limits

No student may count more than 87 semester hours of credit in any one discipline toward graduation. Actual limits are determined by faculty in the various disciplines.

Transfer Hours

Students may apply no more than 96 quarter hours (64 semester hours), transferred from a two year institution, towards a UNO bachelor’s degree. Academic advisers retain the right to accept or reject courses based on their transferability and validity to fulfill major requirements.

Quality of Work

A grade of “C” or higher will be required for any major course accepted for any College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media degree requirement. All students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in all course work, including work transferred from other institutions, to remain in good standing in the college.

The School of Communication requires students to earn a minimum of “C” in all major course work. Furthermore, students who take sophomore level or above journalism or broadcasting courses, or junior level or above speech communication courses must maintain at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA.

The Department of Art and Art History requires students maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all art courses. Studio majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their concentration studio areas.

The Department of Music requires a 2.5 GPA in all music courses. Performance majors must maintain a 3.0 average in their major applied field.

All grades reported by the faculty to the registrar become a part of the student’s permanent record and are included in computation of the cumulative grade point average, regardless of the total number required for the degree.

Unacceptable Credits

Credits in any courses classified as “remedial” or courses in other colleges of the university not approved by the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media faculty may not be applied toward degrees offered by CFAM.

Grade Appeals & Grievance Procedure

Undergraduate students wanting to appeal a grade received in a College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media unit course should first discuss the matter directly with the instructor. If a satisfactory agreement is not reached, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the chair/director of the academic unit in which the course is offered.* If the student and chair/director of the academic unit do not reach a satisfactory agreement, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, at which point the appeal may be referred to the Education Policy Committee of the College for review. The student’s written appeal to the Dean must be made by the end of the following semester after the academic unit’s decision. For example, if the academic unit’s decision is made in the fall semester, the student has until the end of the spring semester to submit a written appeal. If the Education Policy Committee of the College reviews the appeal it may request additional information from the student, the instructor, the academic unit or its chair/director as needed. Education Policy Committee members who have voted on the case at the academic unit level must recuse themselves from the Committee’s vote. Upon making a decision, the Education Policy Committee will send its recommendation to the Dean’s office in writing, and the Dean’s office will notify the student of the College’s decision.

*Some CFAM academic units require grade appeals to go through their own advisory committees. Refer to individual academic unit guidelines for additional information.

Completion of an Incomplete Grade

Students have one semester after an incomplete is awarded to complete the course work. After this, the grade changes to a withdrawal. Students who complete the required course work outside of the allotted time frame may still receive credit by re-enrolling and paying tuition for the course.

Exceptions are made when a student has been working in good faith continuously to complete the course work, with no breaks in work submitted, or within contracted terms determined by the faculty member.

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media General Education Requirements

General education course work in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media follows the UNO requirements of 15 credit hours of Fundamental Academic Skills (nine hrs. of English & writing, three hrs. of mathematics, and three hrs. of public speaking), 26 credit hours of Distribution Requirements (eight hrs of natural & physical sciences, nine hrs. of humanities/fine arts, and nine hrs. of social sciences), and six credit hours of Diversity (three hrs. of global diversity and three hrs. of United States diversity). Refer to the University General Education section of the catalog for specific requirements and courses related to General Education.

Fundamental Academic Skills

English and Writing (9 hrs.)

Students must complete 9 credit hours including English 1150, 1160 or equivalent and one additional writing course specified by the student’s major. Students placing above ENGL 1150 and/or ENGL1160 by the English Proficiency Placement Exam (EPPE) need only complete 6 or 3 credit hours in writing courses, respectively.

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

Three (3) hours from MATH 1310, Intermediate Algebra or 1530, Introduction to Applied Probability & Statistics or other approved math course. Students who earn a Math ACT score of 23 or higher OR a Math Placement Exam score of 3 or higher will be considered to have met math proficiency.

Oral Communication (3 hrs.)

Each student must complete three credit hours in one of the following courses: SPCH 1110 or 2120.

Distribution Requirements

Distribution requirements are designed to ensure that all students complete a broad variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Appropriate courses may be used to satisfy both distribution and cultural diversity requirements.

A grade of “C-” (1.67)or higher is required for any general education courses. All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all course work including work transferred from other institutions to remain in good standing in the college.

Natural and Physical Sciences (8 hrs.)

At LEAST one course must include a lab.

Humanities (9 hrs.)

Social Sciences (9 hrs.)

Cultural Diversity 96 hrs.)

(Courses may be double counted from humanities, social sciences or, in some cases, from within the major.)

U.S. diversity (3 hrs.)

Global diversity (3 hrs.)

Other Information


Each student enrolled in a College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media degree program is encouraged to review requirements for their intended degree with an assigned academic adviser. Information on assigned advisers is available in the student’s relevant department/school offices. Review of specific degree requirements should be conducted with an adviser at scheduled times each semester in preparation for and prior to each enrollment-registration period.

Senior Check

Students who have completed 91+ credit hours toward their chosen degree program are required to have a senior check completed by a dean’s office representative. Advisers will notify the dean’s office of a student’s senior status. This process will assure the student’s graduation date, assuming satisfactory completion of all approved courses. All substitutions and/or changes to a student’s degree requirements must be noted in writing during the advising process. Should this procedure not be followed, responsibility for meeting graduation requirements falls on the student. Errors made could prevent timely graduation.

Honors Program

The purpose of the UNO Honors Program is to provide gifted students with challenges and opportunities to keep pace with their evolving abilities.

Students entering or enrolled in good standing in the college may apply for admission to the program, either on their own initiative or by invitation from the program coordinator. Application may be made at any time during a student’s undergraduate career, but preferably before the end of the first semester of the junior year. Admission requirements are as follows for the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media:

Entering freshmen: SAT score of 1850 or above or ACT score of 26 or above; or departmental recommendation on the basis of creative ability.

Current UNO students: A cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above for at least fifteen credit hours at UNO and an average of 3.30 or above in all courses taken in the student’s major department.

Transfer students: A cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above for the two previous semesters at their former college.

All students must take at least sixty (60) semester hours while members of the Honors Program. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above to maintain membership in the program.

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media honors coordinators are available to assist students interested in, and those currently participating in the Honors Program. For more information, please call 402-554-3244.

Amnesty Clause

A student enrolled in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media may request to have one or two semesters (taken at UNO, UNL, and/or UNK) removed from their cumulative grade point average and degree consideration by petitioning for academic amnesty in the CFAM dean’s office (Weber Fine Arts Building 311).

  • The student must be at least two years removed from the semester(s) to be considered for academic amnesty.
  • Petitioning students must have completed 24 credit hours of successful course work with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 since the amnesty period at UNO, UNL or UNK.
  • Removal of GPA computation shall be by entire semester(s).
  • Students who are granted academic amnesty will not be considered for degrees with academic honors.Names of petitioners will be reviewed by the dean’s office for final action. There shall be no physical obliteration of any part of the student’s record. Academic amnesty is not allowed after a student has graduated.


Thirty (30) of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and completed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Students pursuing a studio art major in cooperative agreement with Metropolitan Community College are exempt from the residency rule.

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media General Education Requirements

All students enrolled in a degree program in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media must meet the university general education requirements. Additional information on these requirements can be found on page 69 of this catalog and on the University General Education website ( Please consult with an academic advisor for recommended choices for the major.