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Strategic Communication

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Strategic Communication (120 Hours)

Certification Requirements

To certify a major in Communication, a student must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) Complete COM 101, 105, and 138; (2) Sophomore standing (transfer students should have at least 15 graded credits from courses in residence at WSU); (3) Complete the Murrow College Grammar and Writing exam administered by the College of Communication.

Certification in the Murrow College is based on the following: the number of available seats, the applicant’s cumulative WSU GPA, the number of credits completed at the time of application, and the applicant’s performance on the Murrow College Grammar and Writing Exam. The top students are certified based on the number of seats available that semester. Transfer course grades will NOT be used to calculate the cumulative WSU GPA. Students transferring into the College with 55 or more hours should complete the certification requirements with in two semesters. All students should certify before earning 90 credit hours.

Students are required to take at least 3 semester hours of multimedia content creation (COM 210 or equivalent) courses and 3 semester hours of communication writing (COM 300 or equivalent). Transfer students who do not have these credits in their AA can take these credits as electives.

All majors require a minimum of 49 semester hours in Communication.

First Year
First TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
COM 1013
COM 1381
Diversity [DIVR]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermHours
COM 102 [COMM] or Communication [COMM] 3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
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Second Year
First TermHours
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M] 3
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermHours
MKTG 3603
Specialization Courses26
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Electives3
300-400-level Major Elective 33
Specialization Courses26
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Elective 33
Specialization Course23
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Major Elective 33
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Specialization Courses and /or Electives26
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Elective 33
Specialization Courses and/or Electives28

1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Science [BSCI] and one Physical Science [PSCI] course, including one lab course, or 8 credits of [SCI] designated courses. (SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI], which is offered Spring semester.)
2Students select a specialization and complete the courses required for the specialty. At least one of the specialization courses must be an [M] course. Public Relations Specialization: COMJOUR 333 [M], COMSTRAT 312, 383 [M], 485 [M], and any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT course numbered 475-490. Advertising Specialization: COMSTRAT 380, 381 [M], 382, 480 [M], and any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT course numbered 475-490. Integrated Communication Specialization: COMJOUR 333 [M], COMSOC 301, COMSTRAT 309, 310, 312, 380, 383 [M], 476, 485 [M], and 495.
3Select 12 credits of 300-400-level COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT major electives not used to meet other requirements, COMSTRAT 495 internship credits, or COMSTRAT 499 Special Projects credits (max. 6 credits of 495/499) in consultation with advisor.

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