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Communication B.A.

College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 46
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
At the core of the communication discipline is a concern for the relationship between symbolic action (speaking, writing, etc.) and social change. The B.A. in communication emphasizes the breadth and diversity of the communication field, with an integrated focus that spans social scientific and cultural/historical methodologies. Students develop conceptual and research competence in the areas of interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mass media, and rhetorical theory and practice. Honors Requirements: Candidates must be communication majors with a 3.30 GPA in all communication courses and 3.00 overall. Students write an honors-quality paper sponsored by a communication faculty member and approved by two additional communication faculty. Candidates apply before the end of the first four weeks of their senior year. Contact the department head or academic adviser for more information.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in communication include: * A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Core Courses (12 cr)
Students must complete the core with a C or better to be admitted to any 5xxx "senior seminar."
COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1511 - Honors: Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Required Distribution Areas (9 cr)
Interpersonal communication
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3200 - Interpersonal Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3700 - Interpersonal Influence (3.0 cr)
Media Studies
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2102 - Media Effects [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 2505 - Analysis of Public Discourse (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3612 - Rhetorical Criticism (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4500 - History of Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
Electives (18 cr)
Additional courses taken within the "Required Distribution Areas" may apply here. NOTE: COMM 3310, 4394, and 4397 carry variable credit, only three credits maximum in one course or six credits maximum in a combination of these courses will apply toward the communication major. COMM 3300 and 4399 do not count toward the major. Across the Required Distribution Areas and Electives a minimum of 18 credits must be from the 3xxx-4xxx level.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 1xxx
· COMM 2xxx
· COMM 3xxx
· COMM 4xxx
Senior Seminar (3 cr)
Students must complete the required core (COMM 1000, 1112 or 1511, 2025, 2030) with a C or better to be admitted to any 5xxx "senior seminar." This prereq is verified by the department prior to the start of every term. Students not satisfying the prereq are notified by email. COMM 5000 is not included within the communication electives area.
COMM 5000 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Students majoring in communication with a journalism minor are exempt from the advanced writing requirement.
WRIT 31xx
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