Communications
 

Communications: Communications Studies

Communications: Communications Studies
BA
Hours43 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 200 Students.
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Program Requirements

requirement 1 Complete 1 option
Core courses:
Note: Students must receive a B grade or better in each course to be eligible to apply for admission. AP credit does not fulfill this requirement.
Apply to the major.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
These courses may be taken during the semester in which students apply for admission to the major.
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
requirement 5
option 5.1 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
Internship: After consulting with an advisor, complete an internship in conjunction with 1 hour of the following:
option 5.2 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
Faculty Mentored Research Practicum: Conducting research in a mentored environment with a faculty-sponsored research project. After consulting with a faculty advisor, complete a mentored research practicum in conjunction with 1 hour of the following:
Note: It is the student's responsibility to find a School of Communications faculty member who is willing to mentor the student on one of the faculty member's research projects. Enrollment in Comms 497R is based on faculty research project availability. After the student has secured a faculty mentor, the student must request a comms 497R contract from the School of Communications main office. The student and their faculty mentor must agree on the terms of the contract and sign it. The student should return the form to the main office to receive an add code.
option 5.3 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
Faculty Mentored Projects in Communication: After consulting with a faculty advisor, complete a mentored communication project in conjunction with 1 hour of the following:
Note: It is the student's responsibility to find a School of Communications faculty member who is willing to mentor the student on one of the faculty member's comms projects. Enrollment in Comms 498R is based on the availability of faculty-mentored comms projects. After the student has secured a faculty mentor, the student must request a comms 498R contract from the School of Communications main office. The student and their faculty mentor must agree on the terms of the contract and sign it. The student should return the form to the main office to receive an add code.
option 5.4 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
School of Communications Labs: After consulting with your sequence's professional faculty and lab manager, complete a mentored lab experience in conjunction with 1 hour of the following:
Note: It is the student's responsibility to talk to their sequence's lab mentors to discuss the possibility of enrolling in Comms 491R. Enrollment is based on project availability and lab needs. Students who have been cleared to enroll must request a comms 491R contract from the School of Communications main office. The student and their lab mentors must agree on the terms of the contract and sign it. Students should return the form to the main office to receive an add code. Comms 491R cannot be combined with a paid position in the same lab.
requirement 7
Complete a minimum of 72 hours in courses outside of the department while meeting BYU's University Core requirements.
Program Outcomes: 

Writing

Students will write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they serve.

Editing

Students will critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.

Numerical skills

Students will apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.

Technology

Students will apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Research

Students will conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

Freedom of speech

Students will understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and the press, for the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.

Ethics

Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.

Theory

Students will understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.

History

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.

Critical thinking

Students will think critically, creatively, and independently.

Domestic diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communication.

International diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.