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  Sep 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Communication Studies, B.A.


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Bachelor of Arts degree for Communication Arts majors


The Communication Arts Majors will help students understand many aspects of the human communication process, develop essential skills, and form positive attitudes toward the role that, as educated adults, they will play in society. Basic skills in written and spoken communication receive emphasis in all four communication majors: advertising, communication studies, electronic media, and public relations. In order to complete all requirements for the degree, students should formally declare one of the four departmental majors preferably by the end of their freshmen year. Departmental guidance is necessary to ensure proper sequencing of classes. Proficiency in writing skills is required in all majors, and continued improvement in writing and speaking skills is expected. Qualified communication arts students are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities in their respective majors to gain practical professional experience. Many students within the department work closely with the University’s television production studio. The television studio is very active in program production for cable television and industrial usage and the production, post production, and editing facilities utilize students in a number of roles and encourage the development of high professional standards. The Xavier University Vonder Haar Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA) and many other organizations and clubs provide opportunities for students to network with area professionals and gain meaningful practical experience.

Communication Studies


Communication Studies students have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to promote effective communication processes within public and private organizations. The program emphasizes both written and oral communication, and students are encouraged to prepare themselves for a broad range of employment possibilities in areas such as sales, special events planning, human resources, industrial relations, training, and management.

Core Curriculum Requirements:


See Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

Major Requirements:


36 credit hours, as follows

Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the communication arts courses of each major.
  • Since each major recommends certain courses as COMM electives, it is important that students work closely with their academic advisors in the choice of these electives.

B.A. for the Communication Arts majors


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • CORE 101 - Goa
  • COMM 101 (OC Flag) or COMM 123
  • English Composition or Rhetoric
  • Foreign Language elective
  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar or THEO 111 Theological Foundations
  • MATH 105 (Math at placement level) or MATH 116 (Math Perspectives)

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • CORE 102 Goa
  • COMM 101 (OC Flag) or COMM 123
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Foreign Language elective
  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar or THEO 111 Theological Foundations
  • PHIL 100 Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy

Total (15)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • Communication Arts Course
  • Creative Perspectives
  • PHIL 200 Philosophical Perspectives
  • Social Science elective
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • COMM 206 (Writing Flag)
  • ENGL 205 Literature & the Moral Imagination
  • Theology Perspectives (THEO 200+)
  • Scientific Perspectives
  • Natural Science elective

Total (15)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • Communication Arts Course
  • Communication Arts Course
  • Diversity Flag (COMM 323, 324 or other)
  • E/R & S Focus Flag (COMM 477)
  • General Elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • Communication Arts Course
  • Communication Arts Course
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Total (15)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Communication Arts Course
  • Communication Arts Course
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Total (15)

Second Semester


  • Communication Arts Course
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Total (15)

Scheduling Notes:


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