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2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, BA

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Degree Requirements

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to read the catalog and be familiar with and fulfill all the requirements for the BA degree.
  2. Complete at least 120 sch for the BA degree.
  3. At least 30 sch must be completed at U.T.P.B.
  4. At least 24 of the last 30 must be taken at U.T.P.B.
  5. At least 48 sch must be taken at the upper level.
  6. Complete at least 18 sch in a minor of which 9 sch must be upper level. Refer to the catalog for specific requirements.
  7. Obtain at least a C grade in ALL MAJOR courses. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or C in all courses applicable toward the BA degree.
  8. Students who enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education as first-time freshman in the Fall 2007 and thereafter are not permitted to drop more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career (Texas Administrative Code 4.10). This limit includes all transfer work taken at a Texas institution of higher education.

General Education Requirements (42 sch)

Communication (6 sch)

Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)

* UNIV courses are open to students in the Honors Program only.

Creative Arts (3 sch)

* UNIV courses are open to students in the Honors Program only.

Component Area (3 sch)

Computer Use

It is expected that all Communication majors and minors possess basic personal computer skills prior to enrollment in courses. Many classes in the Communication program require that assignments be completed using a personal computer. Regular use of email, browsers, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphic software on multiple platforms is incorporated into the fabric of the curriculum.

Major Requirements (21 sch)

The major in Communication requires that students complete 48 hours of upper level coursework in the 120 hour curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with their Communication faculty advisor concerning courses which will best further the interests of each student.

The major requires a minimum of 36 hours of COMM courses. The courses listed below are required of all majors (21 hours).

The remaining 15 hours will be COMM electives or other electives. COMM majors are required to earn a minor of at least 18 hours. Of the 36 hours required in COMM, 18 must be completed at the 3000 level or higher. This means that at least 12 of the 15 elective hours in Communication must be taken as upper level classes.

Either or both MRKT 3300  and PSYC 3301  may be substituted for upper level hours in COMM except that courses counted toward the major requirements cannot also fulfill a requirement for the student’s minor field. Prerequisites for these courses will not apply to the COMM requirements.

Elective Courses

To complete the 36 hours required in Communication, each student will enroll in 15 hours of elective COMM courses. At least 12 of those 15 hours will be at the 3000 level or higher. Students will fashion a program of study best suited to their individual goals in consultation with the Communication faculty advisor.

Internships in Communication

Internships are a traditional component of communication programs and strongly encouraged at UTPB. Students interested in Communication Internships should register for COMM 4392  before or on the “Last day to add a course” stated in the Course Schedule. They should turn in an internship proposal and the Agreement (between UTPB and the chosen organization) to the supervising professor within the first 2 weeks of the semester. They need to work at the chosen organizations for 100 or more hours during a semester and submit to the professor a summary reporting the results of their research and work experience at the end of the semester. Students employed in media-based organizations may enroll in COMM 4392  only if their internship experience is removed from their normal daily activity.

TExES Requirements

Candidates for tests in Journalism or Speech must have completed the courses listed for each area below or equivalent courses in their teaching fields.

Journalism 7-12:

Complete the courses for BA in Communication, including the following:

Speech 7-12:

Complete the courses for BA in Communication, including the following:

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