BA with a Major in Communication

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Communication degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements36
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours84
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Courses
COMM 101Introduction to Communication a3
COMM 102Introduction to Interpersonal Communication a3
COMM 103Introduction to Media a3
COMM 200Communication Technologies3
COMM 201Statistics in Communication Research b3
COMM 301Communication Research c3
Select five additional communication courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level with at least two courses at the 400-level d15
Select one of the following: 3
Seminar in Culture and Communication e
Seminar in Media and Communication e
Total Hours36
a

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.

b

COMM 201 also fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning require­ment.

c

COMM 301 also fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

d

Exclusive of COMM 490 and COMM 491. No more than 3 hours of COMM 474 or 3 hours of COMM 498 may be applied toward the major. COMM 454 does not count toward the major or minor in Communication.

e

Only one of the seminars, COMM 490 or COMM 491, may be applied toward the major in Communication.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication a  
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication a  
Introduction to Media a  
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication a  
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication a  
Introduction to Media a  
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication a  
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication a  
Introduction to Media a  
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 2-5
Electives 3
 Hours15-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
COMM 200 Communication Technologies 3
COMM 201 Statistics in Communication Research b 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COMM 301 Communication Research 3
COMM 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx c,d 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
COMM 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx c,d 3
COMM 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx c,d 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Seminar in Culture and Communication e  
Seminar in Media and Communication e  
COMM 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx c,d 3
COMM 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx c,d 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

Two of these courses may be used to satisfy two of the nine courses in the General Education Program.

b

COMM 201 satisfies the LAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement with a grade of C or better. There is a math prerequisite.

c

Five Communication courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level, at least two must be at the 400-level.

d

No more than 3 hours each of either COMM 474 or COMM 498 may be applied toward the major.

e

Only one of the seminars, COMM 490 or COMM 491, may be applied toward the major.

Note: COMM 100, COMM 105, COMM 140, and COMM 454 do not count toward the major.