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Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

Students may take no more than nine hours of communication studies coursework, including transfer work, before they have declared a major in communication studies. Exceptions may be made for students who have officially declared a communication studies minor with their colleges. Students minoring in communication studies may take only the number of hours required for the minor.

To enroll in upper-division communication studies courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division communication studies courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in communication studies must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have the symbol CR.

A student majoring in communication studies may not register for more than nine semester hours of communication studies in one semester or summer session.

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Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and an additional three-semester-hour course in either English or rhetoric and writing.
  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in this chapter; a complete list is available in the college's Office of Student Affairs before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.
  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.
  5. Students must demonstrate fourth-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language. Courses taken to meet this requirement may not be taken on the pass/fail basis.
          Students who enter the University with a foreign language deficiency must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove the deficiency.
          The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. In some languages, different course numbers are used; such courses may be counted toward this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Credit may be earned by examination for any part of the sequence.
          An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment or the department concerned for information on testing.
  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.
  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, physical science, and physics. For this requirement, a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.
  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in communication studies may be counted toward the degree.
  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject may be counted toward the degree.
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Major Requirements

  1. At least thirty but no more than thirty-six semester hours of communication studies. At least fifteen hours must be in upper-division coursework. Each student must complete one of the following tracks:
    1. Corporate Communication
      1. Communication Studies 306M, 313M, and 332K.
      2. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Communication Studies 310K, 316L, 352, 353, and 372K.
      3. Fifteen additional semester hours of communication studies.
    2. Human Relations
      1. Communication Studies 306M and 332K.
      2. Eighteen semester hours chosen from the following courses: Communication Studies 314L, 315M, 334K, 344K, 348K, 354, 357, and 358.
      3. Six additional semester hours of communication studies.
    3. Political Communication
      1. Communication Studies 306M and 332K.
      2. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Communication Studies 317C, 332, 340K, and 342K.
      3. Fifteen additional semester hours of communication studies.
  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside communication studies. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two semester hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework.
  3. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.
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Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Writing 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and writing.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Lower-division communication studies courses recommended by the student's adviser.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. The remaining courses listed as major requirements. Students should note that some upper-division courses have a series of prerequisites that take up to three semesters to complete.
  4. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.
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Bachelor of Journalism

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Journalism, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Areas of Study

Journalism courses are divided broadly into skills and studies courses and more narrowly within these two categories according to their level and probable writing content. Not all courses are offered every semester.

Studies courses (numbered 310–314 and 360–369): Journalism 310, 310K, 360, 361E, 362E, 363, 364E, 366E, 367E

Studies courses that may contain a substantial writing component (numbered 340–349): Journalism 340C, 347S, 348S, 349T

Skills courses (numbered 315–319): Journalism 315, 316

Introductory skills courses (numbered 320–329): Journalism 320D, 321C, 322D, 325, 327

Open skills courses (numbered 330–339): Journalism 330, 331, 331K, 131P, 334, 335, 336, 338, 339D. In general, these courses are open to all students who have completed the skills core (Journalism 315 and 321C) and either 320D (print, photojournalism, and multimedia majors) or 322D (broadcast majors).

Intermediate skills courses (numbered 350–359): Journalism 353D, 355, 359T

Advanced skills courses (numbered 370–379): Journalism 370K, 371K, 372D, 373D, 374D, 375, 376D, 377D, 379, 379P

In addition, courses are divided into the school's four areas of professional concentration: broadcast journalism, multimedia journalism, photojournalism, and print journalism. The print concentration is divided into three sequences: newspaper reporting and writing, magazine writing and editing, and copy editing and design.

Courses in each concentration have prerequisites appropriate to their skill level; prerequisites may include testing, an interview, or other procedures in conjunction with the school's application process. Information about these additional requirements is available from the School of Journalism adviser.

Special Requirements

Students who seek to study journalism are admitted to the University as prejournalism majors. To continue in the major, each student must be admitted to the concentration in broadcast journalism, multimedia journalism, photojournalism, or to one of the three sequences—newspaper reporting and writing, magazine writing and editing, and copy editing and design—within the concentration in print journalism. The student should apply for admission to a concentration or sequence while taking or upon completing Journalism 315. Admission decisions for each concentration or sequence are made by the head of that area.

A student may not take any upper-division journalism course except Journalism 320D unless he or she has been admitted to an area of concentration or a sequence.

To enroll in upper-division journalism courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be unable to register for upper-division courses. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

The student must complete at least eighty semester hours outside journalism. At least sixty-five hours must be in liberal arts and natural sciences.

A score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and a score of at least 29 on the School of Journalism Word Processing Test are required for admission to most journalism courses. Students will be unable to register for these courses if they have not passed the tests.

A student majoring in journalism may not register for more than nine semester hours in journalism in one semester or summer session. Exceptions to this rule may be made by the director or associate director for seniors who need additional journalism courses in order to graduate in a timely manner.

Any student enrolled in a journalism course who does not attend the first class meeting or laboratory session may be dropped from that course.

A student with a major in journalism must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have the symbol CR.

Additional information about the preceding requirements is available from the School of Journalism at (512) 471-1845 or http://journalism.utexas.edu/.

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Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and an additional three-semester-hour course in either English or rhetoric and writing.
  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in this chapter; a complete list is available in the college's Office of Student Affairs before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.
  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.
  5. Students must demonstrate fourth-semester-level proficiency in a foreign language. Courses taken to meet this requirement may not be taken on the pass/fail basis.
          Students who enter the University with a foreign language deficiency must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove the deficiency.
          The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. For some languages, different course numbers are used; such courses may be counted toward this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Credit may be earned by examination for any part of the sequence.
          An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment or the department concerned for information on testing.
  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.
  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, physical science, and physics. For this requirement, a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.
  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in journalism may be counted toward the degree.
  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject may be counted toward the degree, except as indicated under Major Requirements below. Photojournalism students are encouraged to take a three-semester-hour survey or history course in the visual arts. Such a course may be a prerequisite to photojournalism courses.
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Major Requirements

  1. Broadcast, multimedia, and print journalism students must complete at least thirty-three but no more than thirty-six semester hours in journalism. Photojournalism students must complete thirty-six semester hours.
  2. The studies core, Journalism 310 and 360, and the skills core, Journalism 315 and 321C, are required of all journalism majors. Students must complete the skills core before taking most open, intermediate, and advanced skills courses.
  3. At least six semester hours chosen from the following studies courses: Journalism 310K, 340C, 347S, 348S, 349T, 361E, 363, 364E, 366E, 367E. These courses must be completed in addition to those for the student's concentration or sequence listed in requirement 4 below.
  4. Skills courses required for the student's concentration or sequence:
    1. Broadcast journalism: Journalism 322D, 353D, 372D, and a three-hour journalism course with a substantial writing component.
    2. Multimedia journalism: Journalism 320D, 331, 334, 359T (Topic: Writing for Online Publications), and an advanced skills course.
    3. Photojournalism: Journalism 316, 320D, 325, 336, 355, and either 370K or 371K.
    4. Print journalism:
      1. Newspaper reporting and writing sequence: Journalism 320D, 327, 330, and either 373D or 374D.
      2. Magazine writing and editing sequence: Journalism 320D, 327, 330, 347S, and either 373D, 374D, or 377D.
      3. Copy editing and design sequence: Journalism 320D, 330, 336, and 377D.
  5. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the School of Journalism. No more than forty-two hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework may be counted toward the degree.
  6. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.
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Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Writing 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work above. Students who plan to concentrate in photojournalism are encouraged to take courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics to fulfill requirement 8.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Journalism 310.
  3. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.
  4. Students who plan to concentrate in photojournalism are encouraged to take Journalism 316 in their second semester.

First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and writing.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Journalism 315 and additional coursework to fulfill the major requirements. Students may take Journalism 320D if they have met the prerequisite.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Basic courses in accounting and computer sciences are especially recommended.

Third Year

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. Journalism 321C and 360 and additional coursework to fulfill the major requirements. Students who are required to take Journalism 320D are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as they have been admitted to an area of concentration or a sequence.
  4. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major.

Fourth Year

  1. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major.
  2. Any remaining major requirements. All students must complete at least one advanced skills course.
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