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Certification Requirements

To certify any major in the College of Communication, a student must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) Complete COM 101, 102, 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 within two semesters. All students should certify before earning 90 credit hours.

All Journalism and Media Production majors require a minimum of 52 semester hours in Communication.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students who indicate a Murrow major as their academic interest, and have completed an AA/DTA from a Washington community college with a 3.2 or higher transfer GPA, can certify upon enrollment at new student orientation if they are transferring one of the required certification courses. Students who transfer in as a junior to WSU from another college or university may also be eligible for direct certification following consultation with a Murrow advisor.

First Year
First TermHours
COM 101 3
COM 1381
Diversity [DIVR]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermHours
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Apply for and Certify in Major
Second Year
First TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M]3
Second TermHours
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
COM 3203
COMJOUR 333 [M]3
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Electives 23
COM 4153
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Major Electives 23
COM 4403
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Specialization Course33
Second TermHours
300-400-level Major Electives 26
COMJOUR 465 [M]4

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, COMJOUR 495 internship credits, COM 497 Practicum, or COMJOUR 499 Special Projects credits (max. 6 credits of 495/497/499) in consultation with advisor.
3Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, COMSOC, or COMSTRAT 475-490.

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