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Communication and Society

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Communication and Society (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.

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

First Year
First TermHours
COM 101 [SSCI]3
COM 1381
Diversity [DIVR]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermHours
COM 102 [COMM] or Communication [COMM] 3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Apply for and Certify in Major
Second Year
First TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
COM 2103
COM 300 [M]3
Second TermHours
COMSOC 301 3
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
COM 3093
COMSOC 324 [M]3
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Elective 26
Major Specialization 33
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Major Elective 23
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Specialization33
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Electives23
Major Specialization 33

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.)
2Select 12 credits of 300-400-level COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, COMSTRAT major electives not used to meet other requirements, COMSOC 495 internship credits, or COMSOC 499 Special Projects credits (max. 6 credits of 495/499) in consultation with advisor.
3Specialization courses: COM 420, 482 or 486, and 490.

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