The B.A. in Communication provides a broad-based liberal arts degree designed to foster students’ abilities to understand, analyze, and effectively engage in a wide range of communication practices. For more information, explore the resources below.
B.A. in Communication
The Communication Department Undergraduate Program offers the following degree track options: General Communication, Media Studies, Digital Filmmaking, Professional Communication (Organization, Strategic, Leadership), and Sports Communication. Students may also earn a General Communication degree completely online.
Students pursuing a degree in Communication prepare themselves for a broad range of employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors. The General Communication track allows students to prepare for a career in communication with courses tailored to the individual student’s interests and career objectives. An internship for advanced students with a 3.0 GPA is available in certain tracks. Internships are not available for students minoring in Communication.
All undergraduate tracks require 36 credit hours of Communication courses, 18 of which must be upper-division (3000-level or higher). All Communication majors must take COMM 2030. Additionally, Communication majors take 3 Foundation Courses, 6 required courses in their track, and 3 courses from the list of electives in their track. Some Foundation Courses may be taken as electives but cannot be counted as both a Foundation Course and an elective. To graduate with a degree in Communication, students must have a 2.0 GPA or better.
All Communication majors must submit examples of their coursework to an ePortfolio as a requirement to graduate. The examples (artifacts) will differ depending on a student's chosen track. Students will submit their entire completed ePortfolio during their final semester. More information can be found on the ePortfolio page.
Undergraduate Degree Options
The Communication Department Undergraduate Program offers the following degree track options:
General Communication Online
Professional Communication (Organization, Strategic, Leadership)
Beginning the Fall 2019 semester, students graduating with a Communication degree must submit an ePortfolio prior to graduation that includes examples of work from previous COMM courses. This ePortfolio provides the Communication Department with information to gauge the learning competencies of students exiting the program and gives graduates a working portfolio of their projects and skills to show potential employers. The information below provides a brief summary of the ePortfolio model and guidelines.
To qualify for departmental honors in Communication, students must have a GPA of 3.75 in their Communication coursework and an overall GPA of 3.5 at UCCS. Students who qualify for departmental honors will be contacted by the Department of Communication after they complete their senior audit. Those who choose to take the honors examination will then be eligible to graduate with departmental honors and to be nominated as the UCCS LAS Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
Independent Study Guidelines
Independent Study (COMM 9400/9500) allows students an opportunity to explore educational opportunities outside the traditional classroom environment. It is not available as a substitute for core course requirements. Students may enroll for an independent study only after permission has been obtained from a professor and the appropriate application form has been completed. Communication majors may enroll for between one to six independent study hours in a given semester.
NOTE: A maximum of six independent study hours in Communication may be applied to the B.A. and a maximum of eight total hours for the thesis option or nine total hours for the non-thesis option may be applied to the M.A.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Communication is a very exciting and growing area of study. If you are interested in a degree in Communication, take a look at our FAQs page and contact us if you have any questions.