School of Communication
Mission: The School of Communication provides a student-centered, dynamic environment designed to elevate, empower, and engage students to become skilled, ethical citizens and professionals who can excel in diverse local and global communities.
Vision: Our vision is to be a recognized leader in innovative teaching, leading-edge research/creative activity, and community-engagement initiatives. We will achieve this by supporting and attracting exceptional faculty and outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from within and outside the metropolitan area.
The School of Communication offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs with majors in Communication Studies (course prefix is CMST, formerly SPCH) and Journalism and Media Communication (course prefix is JMC, formerly JOUR and BRCT).
The School of Communication offers minors in Communication Studies, Journalism and Media Communication, and Visual Communication and Culture.
For students who are majors in the School of Communication, courses that have been applied toward general education requirements may also be applied to the major, minor, or second-field of concentration requirements, with the exception of the courses used to fulfill the general education oral communication requirement.
All students who take most sophomore-level or above (2000-, 3000- or 4000-level) journalism and media communication courses (JMC), or junior-level or above (3000- or 4000-level) communication studies (CMST) 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.
Communication studies majors may not complete more than a total of three hours of credit for forensics activities (CMST 3150 and CMST 3160) or more than a total of four hours of credit for internships, Applied Journalism/Broadcasting (JMC 3970), independent study, and advanced practicum.
Journalism and media communication majors may not complete more than a total of four hours of credit for internships, Applied Journalism/Broadcasting (JMC 3970), independent study, and advanced practicum.
The advanced writing classes for all School of Communication majors are Media Writing Lab and Lecture (JMC 2100 and JMC 2104).
Students may have two majors within the School of Communication by completing the requirements for both majors. Journalism and Media Communication majors may have a second major in Communication Studies and Communication studies majors may have a second major in Journalism and Media Communication. Some classes, such as JMC/CMST 4970, Internship Experience, may count toward both majors with adviser approval.
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 study (or a minor as specified by a department or school). A second field of study 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 of study 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 study (or minor) required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication.
The School of Communication office areas are located in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 140, Room 107, Room 108, and Room 105. Phone: (402) 554-2600 or (402) 554-2520.