School of Communication

The School of Communication offers Bachelor of Arts (BCO) and Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree programs with majors in broadcasting, journalism and speech communication. Broadcasting majors may choose from sequences in broadcast news and new media. Journalism majors may choose from sequences in news editorial (print/online journalism), public relations/advertising and media studies. Speech communication majors may choose from five areas of emphasis: instructional communication and corporate training; intercultural communication and diversity; interpersonal communication and conflict management; organizational communication and leadership; and rhetoric and political culture. .

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BCO) degree includes a foreign language requirement (16 hours or high school equivalent), while the Bachelor of Science in Communication (BSC) degree includes a minimum of 15 hours in a second field of concentration (or a minor as specified by a department or school). A second field is defined as courses within a single department of the university or as courses that all relate to a single subject area or topic. The second field must include at least six hours of upper-level courses (3000- or 4000-level) except as specifically exempted in writing by a school adviser or the school director. Students must earn at least a “C” in all courses required for the major, as well as in all foreign language courses required for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and in all classes in the second field of concentration (or minor) required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication.

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation for all communication majors (broadcasting, journalism and speech communication).

Courses that have been applied toward general education requirements may not be applied to the major or second-field requirements. Courses taken to fulfill the general-education requirements for cultural diversity may be exceptions, with the approval of an adviser. JOUR-1500, Introduction to Mass Communication, also may be an exception.

All students who take most sophomore-level or above (2000-, 3000- or 4000-level) broadcasting or journalism courses, or junior-level or above (3000- or 4000-level) speech communication courses, are required to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25. Any exceptions will be by written permission of the school. Students will receive a worksheet listing requirements to track their progress toward a degree.

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 the University General Education website (http://www.unomaha.edu/gened). Please consult with an academic adviser for recommended choices for the major.


General Electives Students may need to take additional courses as general electives to meet the university’s 120 credit hour minimum requirement.

Double Major Within the School of Communication 

Students may have two majors within the School of Communication by completing the requirements for both majors. The only exception is that students may not major in both journalism and broadcasting. Journalism and broadcasting majors may have a second major in speech communication. Speech communication majors may have a second major in either journalism or broadcasting.

Internships and Advanced Practicum

Speech communication majors may not complete more than a total of three hours of credit for forensics activities (SPCH 3150-3160) or more than a total of four hours of credit for internships, applied journalism/broadcasting, independent study and advanced practicum.

Journalism and broadcasting majors may not complete more than a total of four hours of credit in internships, applied journalism/broadcasting, independent study and advanced practicum.

Minor in Communication Studies

Students may earn a minor in communication studies. To fulfill the minor, students whose major is outside the School of Communication must complete 18 hours in speech communication courses, including 12 hours of upper level (3000- and 4000-level) courses. All SPCH classes except the course used to fulfill the general education oral communication competency (i.e. SPCH-1110 or SPCH-2120) may count toward the minor in communication studies. Journalism and broadcasting majors may minor in communication studies by taking 12 hours of upper level (3000- and 4000-level) courses in addition to the six hours of SPCH courses already required for the journalism and broadcasting majors, for a total of 18 hours. All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Minor in Mass Communication

Students may earn a minor in mass communication with courses to be chosen from journalism and/or broadcasting. To fulfill the minor, students whose major is outside the School of Communication must complete 18 hours in journalism and/or broadcasting, including 12 hours of upper level (3000- and 4000-level) courses. Journalism and broadcasting majors may not have a minor in mass communication. Speech communication majors may have a minor in mass communication by completing 15 hours of JOUR and/or BRCT courses (12 hours of which must be upper level) in addition to the JOUR/BRCT courses already required for the speech communication major. All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Minor in Visual Communication and Culture

Students may earn a minor in visual communication and culture by taking 18 to 21 hours in classes approved by an adviser to align with the underlying philosophy of the minor. Six of the hours must include Introduction to Visual Communication and Culture, JOUR 3700, and Visual Communication and Culture Capstone, JOUR/SPCH 4XXX. The remaining 12 to 15 credits will come from both within the School of Communication (at least six credits/two classes) and outside the school (at least six credits/two classes). 

Courses may not be used both for the VCC minor, as well as other major or minor programs, without approval from both VCC and major advisers. Courses may be used for the VCC minor and a student’s general education requirements if appropriate. School of Communication classes that journalism and broadcasting majors apply toward the minor must come from speech communication. School of Communication classes that speech communication majors apply toward the minor must come from journalism and broadcasting. All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Second Field of Concentration for BSC Degree for Speech Communication Majors

The second field of concentration is required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication (BSC) degree. Speech communication majors pursuing the BSC should complete 15 hours of courses (including at least six hours of 3000- to 4000-level courses) in one department or academic program, or inter-related courses from various departments or academic programs other than speech communication. Speech Communication majors may have a second field of concentration in mass communication (broadcasting and journalism) by completing 12 hours of courses in BRCT and/or JOUR (six hours of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level), in addition to the BRCT/JOUR courses already required for the SPCH major.

Second Field of Concentration for BSC Degree for Journalism and Broadcasting Majors

The second field of concentration is required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication (BSC) degree. Journalism and broadcasting majors pursuing the BSC should complete 15 hours of courses (including at least six hours of 3000- 4000-level courses) in one department or academic program, or related courses from various departments or academic programs other than broadcasting and journalism. Journalism and broadcasting majors may have a second field of concentration in communication studies by completing 12 hours of SPCH courses (six hours of which must be at the 3000- or 4000-level), in addition to the six hours of SPCH courses already required for the journalism  and broadcasting majors. The course used to fulfill the general education oral communication competency (i.e. SPCH 1110 or SPCH 2120) cannot count toward the second field of concentration in communication studies.

Broadcasting majors in the new media sequence must complete a second field of concentration in media technology, selecting 15 hours from a list of classes designated by the School of Communication. At least six hours must be at 3000- to 4000-level. Other courses may be approved by an academic adviser.

Journalism, Speech and Speech/Theatre Education

Students who wish to teach journalism, speech, or speech/theatre in secondary schools should contact the College of Education for degree requirements.

For more information…

Contact the School of Communication at 402-554-2600.