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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including Core Curriculum requirement hours. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience may be fulfilled by successful completion of COM 4533, COM 4723, COM 4813 or COM 4933.

Pre-Communication Sequence

In order to declare a Communication major, students must first earn a grade of “C-” or better in each course in the pre-Communication sequence that includes COM 2113, COM 3023, COM 3073, COM 3083, COM 3553 or COM 3563 and ENG 2413. Each COM course may be taken no more than three (3) times to improve a grade (however, students should refer to the UTSA Information Bulletin for the potential consequences of repeating courses).

Students who declare a concentration in Public Relations or Digital Communication must complete each course required for the concentration with a grade of “C-” or better.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

COM 2113 may be used to satisfy a core requirement in the Component Area Option as well as a major requirement.

Note: If a language is used to satisfy the three-hour Language, Philosophy and Culture core requirement, students will need to take an additional three hours in the same language for the degree requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. Pre-Communication Sequence (18 semester credit hours):
    COM  2113  Public Speaking
    COM  3023  Foundations of Communication
    COM  3073  Conduct of Communication Inquiry
    COM  3083  Language and Communication Theory

    COM  3553  Intercultural Communication
    or
    COM  3563  International Communication

    ENG   2413  Technical Writing

  2. 6 semester credit hours in a single foreign language

  3. 15 semester credit hours of free electives

B.A. in Communication (no concentration)
All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the degree requirements, and the following:

  1. 21 additional semester credit hours in Communication, at least 15 at the upper-division level

  2. 3 semester credit hours of the capstone course: COM 4813 Theory and Practice of Social Interaction

  3. 15 semester credit hours of approved support work in one of the following areas, 9 semester credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level:
    • intercultural/international studies
    • English language and composition, philosophy, and visual arts
    • social and behavioral sciences
    • business, management, marketing, and information systems
    • other subjects as may be individually justified by the student and approved by the undergraduate advisor.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Communication

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Communication degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I); core   3-4
Mathematics core   3
Spring
COM 2113 Public Speaking (core and major) * 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester II)   3-4
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
COM 3023 Foundations of Communication * 3
COM 3083 Language and Communication Theory * 3
ENG 2413 Technical Writing * 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
COM 3073 Conduct of Communication Inquiry * 3
COM 3553 or 3563 Intercultural Communication * 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Free elective   3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core   3
Third Year
Fall
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Support work   3
Upper-division COM elective   3
Upper-division COM elective   3
Spring
Creative Arts core   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division COM elective   3
Upper-division COM elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Fourth Year
Fall
COM elective   3
Free elective   3
Support work/Free elective   3
Upper-division COM elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
COM 4813 Theory and Practice of Social Interaction 3
COM elective   3
Free elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division support work   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

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B.A. in Communication with a Public Relations Concentration

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements listed above. Additionally, students seeking a Public Relations Concentration must complete COM 3523, COM 3533, COM 3623, COM 4523, and COM 4533 with a grade of “C-” or better in each course.

  1. 15 semester credit hours in Public Relations Concentration courses:
    COM  3523  Public Relations
    COM  3533  Writing for Public Relations
    COM  3623  Commercial Publications
    COM  4523  Case Studies in Public Relations
    COM  4533  Public Relations Planning and Campaigns

  2. 9 additional semester credit hours in Communication, at least 3 at the upper-division level

  3. 9 semester credit hours of required support work:
    ACC  2003  Foundations of Accounting
    or
    ACC  2013  Principles of Accounting I

    ECO  2023  Introductory Microeconomics
    FIN  3003  Survey of Finance

  4. 6 semester credit hours of approved support work in one of the following areas, at the upper-division level:

    • intercultural/international studies
    • English language and composition, philosophy, and visual arts
    • social and behavioral sciences
    • business, management, marketing, and information systems
    • other subjects as may be individually justified by the student and approved by the undergraduate advisor.

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B.A. in Communication with a Digital Communication Concentration

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements listed above. Additionally, students seeking a Digital Communication Concentration must complete COM 2433, COM 2733, COM 3413, COM 3623, and COM 4723 with a grade of “C-” or better in each course.

  1. 15 semester credit hours in Technical Communication Concentration courses:
    COM  2433  Editing
    COM  2733  Introduction to Communication Technologies
    COM  3413  Digital Media Production I
    COM  3623  Commercial Publications
    COM  4723  Digital Media Production II

  2. 9 additional semester credit hours in Communication, at least 3 at the upper-division level

  3. 9 semester credit hours of required support work:
    ACC  2003  Foundations of Accounting
    or
    ACC  2013  Principles of Accounting I

    ECO  2023  Introductory Microeconomics
    FIN  3003  Survey of Finance

  4. 6 semester credit hours of approved support work in one of the following areas, at the upper-division level:

    • intercultural/international studies
    • English language and composition, philosophy, and visual arts
    • social and behavioral sciences
    • business, management, marketing, and information systems
    • other subjects as may be individually justified by the student and approved by the undergraduate advisor.

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Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Communication with a Public Relations or Digital Communication Concentration

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Communication degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I); core   3-4
Mathematics core   3
Spring
COM 2113 Public Speaking (core and major) * 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester II)   3-4
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
COM 3023 Foundations of Communication * 3
COM 3083 Language and Communication Theory * 3
ENG 2413 Technical Writing * 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
COM 3073 Conduct of Communication Inquiry * 3
COM 3553 or COM 3563 Intercultural Communication * 3
ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Free elective   3
Third Year
Fall
ACC 2003 or ACC 2013 Foundations of Accounting 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 2433 Editing *** 3
Upper-division COM elective 2   3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 3523 Public Relations *, ** 3
COM 2733 Introduction to Communication Technologies *, *** 3
Spring
FIN 3003 Survey of Finance 3
Free elective   3
Creative Arts core   3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 3533 Writing for Public Relations *, ** 3
COM 3413 Digital Media Production I *, *** 3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 3623 Commercial Publications *, ** 3
Upper-division COM elective 1,3   3
Fourth Year
Fall
COM elective   3
Free elective   3
Support work/Free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 4523 Case Studies in Public Relations *, ** 3
COM 3623 Commercial Publications *, *** 3
Spring
COM elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division support work   3
World Society & Issues core   3
Select one of the following:   3
COM 4533 Public Relations Planning and Campaigns *, ** 3
COM 4723 Digital Media Production II *, *** 3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.
** Public Relations concentration only.
*** Digital Communication concentration only.

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