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 Requirements33
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours87
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 301Communication Research b,e3
Select five additional communication courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level with at least two courses at the 400-level c15
Select one of the following: 3
Seminar in Culture and Communication d
Seminar in Media and Communication d
Total Hours33

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
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement b 3-5
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15-17
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

Note: COMM 100, COMM 105, and COMM 140 do not count toward the major. Students may not register in 100-, 200-, and 300-level COMM core courses concurrently. For example, students must complete COMM 101, COMM 102, andCOMM 103 before they can register for COMM 301.