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Communication and Society Concentration

This concentration is designed for consumers and creators of messages in public contexts. It is open only to students in majors outside the College of Communication; any noncommunication student may enroll in any of these courses for which he or she meets the prerequisites. In addition to fulfilling the prerequisite, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 to enroll in any upper-division course in the College of Communication.

The communication and society concentration requires eighteen semester hours of coursework, consisting of two required courses and twelve hours of electives; nine hours of the elective work must be in upper-division courses. At any time after enrolling in his or her last concentration course, the student should fill out a concentration completion form in the Student Division Office. The form must be submitted by the deadline to apply for graduation in the student's final semester. Students who complete the concentration will receive verification.

A student who wishes to use the concentration to fulfill minor requirements should make certain these courses meet the requirements of his or her college.

Concentration Courses

Required Courses

Communication 309, Communication Technology and Society
Radio-Television-Film 305, Introduction to Media Studies

Electives

Advertising 335, History and Development of Advertising
Communication 316M, Communication and Ethnic Groups
Journalism 329K, The Mass Media and Society
Journalism 360, Media Law and Ethics
Speech 305, Principles of Speech Communication
Speech 332K, Theories of Persuasion
Speech 342K, Political Communication

United States Latino and Latin American Media Studies Concentration

This concentration is designed to introduce students to United States Latino and Latin American issues in communication and the media and to provide them the opportunity to prepare for professional work related to these areas. Any College of Communication student may enroll in any of the concentration courses for which he or she meets the prerequisites. In addition to fulfilling the prerequisite, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 to enroll in any upper-division course in the college.

Completion of the concentration requires twelve semester hours of coursework, consisting of one required course and nine hours of elective work in upper-division courses. At any time after enrolling in his or her last concentration course, the student should fill out a concentration completion form in the Student Division Office. The form must be submitted by the deadline to apply for graduation in the student's final semester.

Each degree program in the college imposes a limit on the number of hours in the college that may be counted toward the degree; each also imposes limits on the number of hours in the major that may be counted. For students who complete the US Latino and Latin American media studies concentration, these limits are raised by six semester hours.

Concentration Courses

Required Course

Communication 316M or Radio-Television-Film 316M, Communication and Ethnic Groups

Electives

Advertising 378, Topic: Advertising in Multicultural Markets
Radio-Television-Film 345, Topic: History of Mexican Cinema
Radio-Television-Film 345, Topic: Third World Cinema: Africa and the Americas
Radio-Television-Film 359, Topic 1: Hispanic Images and Counterimages
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: History of United States Latino Media
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: Latin American Media
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: Latinos and Media
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: Narrowcasting
Radio-Television-Film 366K, Topic 1: Diversity Newsmagazine
Journalism 327, Feature Writing
Journalism 352, Topic: Latino Community Journalism
Journalism 359, Mass Media and Minorities

Graduation

Special Requirements of the College of Communication

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Communication must also fulfill the following requirements.
  1. All University students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 to graduate. In the College of Communication, a student who fails to achieve this grade point average in the normal 120 hours may register for up to forty additional hours in order to do so.
  2. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least thirty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. In the College of Communication, these thirty hours must include at least eighteen hours of upper-division coursework and at least six hours of upper-division coursework in the major.
  3. A candidate for a degree must be registered in the College of Communication either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session the degree is to be awarded and must apply to the dean for the degree no later than the date specified in the official academic calendar.
  4. An Air Force, Army, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps student who elects the basic and/or advanced program in air force science, military science, or naval science will not be approved for graduation until the student's government contract is completed or the student is released from the ROTC.
  5. Each degree program is arranged to provide for the orderly progress of the student's coursework. A beginning student (including a transfer student with fewer than forty-eight semester hours of transferable credit) who registers for twelve semester hours or more must take at least nine semester hours, in at least three courses, of the coursework listed as prescribed work for one of the degrees in the College of Communication. The student must continue to take at least nine semester hours of the prescribed work each long-session semester until he or she has completed forty-eight semester hours of credit. The dean may adjust this rule in exceptional circumstances, or when the student has earned credit by examination, or when the student registers for fewer than twelve hours in a long-session semester.
  6. No student in the College of Communication may repeat for credit a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.

Receiving a Degree Audit and Applying for Graduation

The student must request a degree audit in the Student Division Office after completing sixty semester hours of credit. The staff prepares the degree audit and notifies the student of the courses he or she lacks and the requirements he or she must fulfill to receive the degree. The degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, but the student is responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate and for registering so as to fulfill these requirements. Since the student is responsible for correct registration toward completion of the degree program, he or she should seek an official ruling in the Student Division Office before registering if in doubt about any requirement. No student may graduate without a degree audit.

To apply to graduate, a student must be registered in the College of Communication and must file a graduation application in the Student Division Office. This should be done at the beginning of the last semester, but in no case later than the deadline given in the official academic calendar. No degree will be conferred unless the graduation application form has been filed on time.

Degrees

Degrees Offered

In the College of Communication five undergraduate degrees are offered: Bachelor of Science in Advertising, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, and Bachelor of Science in Speech. The requirements of each degree are divided into special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements; these are given later in this chapter under the heading for the degree. In addition, the student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the special requirements of the College of Communication given in this chapter.

Writing Requirement

As part of the prescribed work for all degrees in the college, students must complete English 306 and 316K and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, students must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the two courses certified as having a substantial writing component must either be included within the electives or taken in addition to the minimum number of semester hours for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Communication and Culture Requirement

As part of the prescribed work for all degrees, students must complete 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 used to fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Multicultural courses include, but are not limited to, the following; all courses that fulfill this requirement are identified in the Course Schedule.

Communication 316M, Communication and Ethnic Groups
Communication Sciences and Disorders 308K, Perspectives on Deafness
Communication Sciences and Disorders 360M, Communication and Deaf People
Journalism 327, Feature Writing (sections in Latino journalism)
Journalism 352, Topic 2: Community Journalism
Journalism 359, Mass Media and Minorities
Radio-Television-Film 331K, Topic 2: Television and Theories of Gender
Radio-Television-Film 359, Studies in Media and Culture
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: History of United States Latino Media in the United States
Radio-Television-Film 365, Topic: Latinos and Media
Radio-Television-Film 370, Topic: Women and Film
Speech 355K, Intercultural Communication
Speech 361K, Performance of Dramatic Literature (sections in African American literature)
Speech 364, Performance of Prose Fiction (sections in African American literature)
Speech 365K, Male-Female Communication
Speech 367, Topic 1: Language and Culture

Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They are counted among courses for which a student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average. However, these courses may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Communication.

ROTC Courses

No more than nine semester hours of credit for air force science, military science, or naval science courses may be counted toward any degree in the College of Communication. Such coursework may be counted only as lower-division electives in degree programs that have room for such electives, and only by students who have completed the third and fourth years of the ROTC program. ROTC courses may not be substituted for any specific required course.

Concurrent Enrollment and Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree in the College of Communication unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the College of Communication may be taken by correspondence.

Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis

A student in the College of Communication may count toward the degree up to fifteen semester hours of coursework in elective subjects outside the College of Communication taken on the pass/fail basis. No course required for the degree and taken in residence may be taken pass/fail, unless the course is offered only on that basis. The student may also take examinations for credit in elective subjects on the pass/fail basis; credit earned by examination is not counted toward the total of five courses that the student may take on this basis. A letter grade is mandatory for credit by examination in any course in the student's major. If a student chooses to major in a subject in which he or she has taken a course pass/fail, the major department decides whether the course may be counted toward the student's major requirements. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.

Other Courses

No more than twelve semester hours of Bible courses may be counted toward a degree.

Music 101G may not be counted toward any degree offered in the College of Communication.

Courses for Teacher Preparation

Many students seek to prepare themselves for teaching within the framework of the degrees in the College of Communication. Information about teacher certification is available from the teacher certification officer in the College of Education or from the Texas Education Agency.

The University operates the Education Placement Service as a liaison between students and prospective employers. All candidates for teacher certification must register with the Education Placement Service in the College of Education at the beginning of their student-teaching semester.

Bachelor of Science in Advertising

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Advertising, 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.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division advertising courses, a student must have passed the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and 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 advertising courses, normally before the twelfth class day. The grade point average 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 advertising 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 a grade of CR.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  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 are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

    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 Measurement and Evaluation Center 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, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geology, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. For this requirement a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in the College of Business Administration, preferably three hours in marketing and three hours in management. Marketing 338 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

  10. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  11. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in advertising may be counted toward the degree.

  12. 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.

Major Requirements

  1. At least thirty but no more than thirty-six semester hours of advertising, of which at least twenty-four hours must be upper-division. The following courses are required: Advertising 318J, 325, 344K, 345J, 369J, 370J, and 371J.
  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the department. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two 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.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 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 (if only three of the courses under item 1 above are taken) 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 taught in the Department of English.
    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. Advertising 318J.
  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 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.
  4. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major. Advertising majors normally emphasize economics, government, history, English, sociology, psychology, studio art, marketing, or management.

Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 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.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division communication sciences and disorders 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 sciences and disorders 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 sciences and disorders 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 a grade of CR.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  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 are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Coursework in American Sign Language may be used to fulfill this requirement. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

    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 Measurement and Evaluation Center 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, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geology, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. 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 sciences and disorders 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.

Special Emphases in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students majoring in communication sciences and disorders may specialize in speech/language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf/hearing-impaired. After completing the necessary undergraduate coursework, they may seek the graduate degrees that are required for professional accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (for those in speech/language pathology and audiology) or the Council on Education of the Deaf (for those in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired). Students in speech/language pathology and audiology who wish to practice in Texas must be licensed by the Texas Department of Health; those in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired must be certified by the Texas Education Agency.

Major Requirements

  1. Students specializing in speech/language pathology or audiology must complete at least thirty semester hours of coursework in communication sciences and disorders; those specializing in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired must complete at least twenty-five hours. For students in all three specializations, fifteen hours of this coursework must be upper-division. No more than thirty-six semester hours of coursework in communication sciences and disorders may be counted toward the degree. Coursework in American Sign Language may not be used to satisfy requirement 1 and is not included in the thirty-six hours allowed for the degree. The following courses are required:
    1. Speech/language pathology: Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K, 311K, 313L, 315S, 341, 367, 367K, 368K, 371, and 373 or 378.
    2. Audiology: Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K, 311K, 313L, 315S, 341, 367K, 368K, 371, 373, and 378.
    3. Education of the deaf/hearing-impaired: Communication Sciences and Disorders 308K, 313L, 314L, 341, 360M, 368K, and seven additional semester hours of coursework in communication sciences and disorders.
  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the major. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two semester hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework. American Sign Language courses are not counted toward the forty-two hour total.
  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.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language. Students in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired are encouraged to take American Sign Language.
  2. Enough additional coursework (if only three of the courses under item 1 above are taken) 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 taught in the Department of English.
    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. Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K (for students in speech/language pathology or audiology) or 308K (for students in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired) and other lower-division courses in communication sciences and disorders 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.
  4. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

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