2019-2020 Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog

Writing and Communication, B.S.

The Writing and Communication degree prepares students for careers in journalism, broadcasting, mass media, law, publishing, public relations, and related fields. Coursework and internships emphasize the need for clear communication and media literacy. The major emphasizes critical thinking skills, encourages creative problem solving, and provides an avenue for self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility. Graduates are prepared to enter professional or graduate school and work in public and private sector communication departments such as government agencies, hospitals, non-profit organizations, or businesses that deal with local, regional, and global issues.  

Core Curriculum: Areas A-E (42 hours)

See ABAC Core Curriculum , using Area D Non-Science option .

Area F Electives: 6 hours

Choose 6 hours from the following list of courses not taken in other areas of the core. Consult your advisor for guidance.

Major Elective Courses: 21 hours

Choose 21 hours from the following.

General Elective Courses: 9-15 hours

Must be comprised of courses numbered 3000 or above with AGCM, COMM, ENGL, JRNL, HIST, MKTG, POLS, RESM, RCDV, WRCM prefixes and not used in the above areas, or GLST 3700A  or GLST 3700B - Global Experiential Learning .

Total Hours Required for the Degree: 120 hours

Plus PHED 1100  and one PE activity course .


  • Students should follow their advisor’s recommendations for appropriate selections in Core Curriculum  Area A1 , Area A2 , and Area D .
  • Credit toward graduation not allowed for the following combinations of science courses:
    • Principles of Biology and non-Science Biology courses (see Biology Course Descriptions  for specifics),
    • Principles of Chemistry and non-Science Chemistry courses (see Chemistry Course Descriptions  for specifics), and
    • Principles of Physics and non-Science Physics courses (see Physics Course Descriptions  for specifics).
  • The maximum number of hours that will be awarded for credit for completion of internships is 9 credit hours.
  • When a course is authorized in multiple areas of a degree program, students completing the course to meet requirements of one area must take a different course in the subsequent area(s) to meet the requirements of the subsequent area(s) (i.e., No course can be counted multiple times in a degree program).
  • A baccalaureate degree program requires at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Upper division is defined as 3000- and 4000-level courses.