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Communication

The academic discipline of communication focuses on discourse among people, organizations and social institutions. The award-winning communication faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems. Their research and the undergraduate program centers on understanding issues of voice, identity, public participation and advocacy/leadership across communication domains including interpersonal, organizational, political, rhetorical, environmental, health and mediated communication.

Students in the program develop strong communication skills grounded in an advanced, theory-based understanding of communication processes. Classroom skills are further developed through experiential learning and community engagement with team-based projects, internships and residencies, service learning and collaboration with community organizations.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-COMM

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
21.0 - 25.0
SAT
900 - 1100

Department

Communication
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

120 McMicken
PO Box 210184
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0184
Dr. Nancy Jennings
Email: nancy.jennings@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-4440

Student Success Factors

Communication majors have excellent critical-thinking and writing abilities, and they are concerned with understanding society and improving social institutions and the well-being of individuals. Communication is an excellent major for students who are interested in working with people and groups in a variety of fields, e.g., business, social work and law.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a BA in communication from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are well prepared for many different career options. In our modern world, success in business and industry requires a sophisticated understanding of communication processes. Positions in human resource management, as well as marketing and public relations, require strong communication skills. Communication students are well prepared for advanced study in such areas as law and business because of the critical thinking skills they acquire along with the more practical speaking and writing skills at the core of a communication major. Graduates find jobs as:

  • Admissions counselors
  • Advertising account executives
  • Communication educators
  • Electronic media on-air talent, producers and directors
  • Event planners
  • Human resource specialists
  • Journalists
  • Marketing managers
  • Sales representatives

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The major requires a broad foundation in the basics of communication along with more focused study in an area of concentration. Majors will take classes in different content areas and choose one or more areas of concentration, such as in advanced communication skills, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, public communication or mass media.

A&S offers flexible degree requirements which allow for multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Journalism 
  • International affairs
  • Foreign languages
  • Social science programs
  • Business

Minor Details

Any UC student can complete a minor in communication. The minor consists of 36 credits, including 2 Core Foundation courses, 1 Performance course, One Advanced Elective (3000-level or above), and 2 additional elective courses. For more details, go to http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/communication/undergraduate-programs/majorminorcerts/MinorComm.html

The department also offers a Public Relations Certificate for students who are interested in specializing in public relations. The certificate consists of 21 credit hours for Communication Majors, and 18 credit hours for non-Communication majors. Required courses emphasize both theory and practice through phases such as situation analysis, audience analysis, strategic analysis of options and planning, message design and program implementation and evaluation. A graduate should be well prepared to work in a variety of PR applications, including agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, advocacy organizations, health care and others.  For more details, go to http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/communication/undergraduate-programs/majorminorcerts/public-relations-certificate-program.html

The department also offers an Applied Communication Certificate for students who are not majors in Communication but want to enhance their professional communication skills.  The certificate consists of 18 credit hours, including 2 Composition courses, 1 Performance course, 1 Research Methods course, and 2 Applications courses.  Whether leading corporate meetings, writing effectively, explaining technical specs to consumers, negotiating workplace conflict, brokering business deals, understanding employee concerns, teaching a class, presenting an innovative design to clients, interviewing patients, collaborating with community leaders, dialoguing with diverse populations, or delivering a closing statement to jurors, this interdisciplinary certificate program helps develop the presentation and analytical skills necessary for the wide variety of careers our graduates pursue.  For more details, go to http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/communication/undergraduate-programs/majorminorcerts/appliedcertificate.html

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Communication Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (not COMM), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Communication Major Requirements
    • COMM1071, Introduction to Effective Speaking, HU, 3
    • COMM1076, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, SS, 3
    • COMM3006, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, HU, SS, 3
    • COMM3007, Introduction to Communication Theory, 3
    • COMMxxxx, Course from Reserch Methods group below, 3
    • COMMxxxx, General Electives - any 3 COMM Courses, 9
    • COMM4xxx, Advanced Electives - any 3 courses at 4000 level or above, 9
    • COMMxxxx, One course from Capstone group, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 33 - 38
    Groupings:
    Research methods
    • COMM3000, Public Relations Research , 3
    • COMM3039, Communication Research Methods, 3
    • COMM3071, Communication Criticism, 3
    General Electives
    • COMMxxxx, Various, 9
    Advanced Electives
    • COMM4xxx, 4000 level course(s) or above, 9
    Capstone
    • COMM5000, CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 3
    • COMM5003, CAPSTONE IN RHETORIC, ENVIRONMENT, AND SCIENCE, 3
    • COMM5004, Health Communication, 3
    • COMM5006, Capstone in Communication and Diversity, 3
    • COMM5009, Organizational Identity, Image, and Issue Management, 3
    • COMM5011, Rhetoric and Society, 3
    • COMM5026, Capstone in Media, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

 

Special Programs

Undergraduate student organizations

  • CommuniCATS
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • UC Forensics/Debate team
  • UC Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • UC Influence - Student Public Relations Firm

 

Internships
Communication majors can greatly enhance their educational experience while in college by conducting an internship in a field they are interested in exploring. Multiple internships in different careers in communication serve to both strengthen students’ resumes and prepare them for the professional world. Requirements for internship include:

  • Must be a communication major in good standing.
  • Completion of the prerequisite course Careers in Communication.
  • Registered for Internship course.

 

Departmental Honors
All graduating communication majors who earn a 3.4/4.0 GPA or above in the major will earn "Honors" status. All graduating communication majors who earn a 3.66 in the major will earn "High Honors" status. Students will be designated with their departmental honors at graduation. Maintaining a high GPA is important to your future success. High
grades are necessary for admission into many of the top graduate programs. High grades also demonstrate to potential employers that you are intelligent, hard-working, able to learn and able to deliver what is asked of you.

  • However, high grades alone will not be enough to set academically gifted students apart. You need to be able to demonstrate your achievements. For that reason, the department encourages honors students to seek out additional academic challenges.

    The communication major is a dynamic and challenging degree. The department is proud of our students who achieve high grades. We encourage you to get to know the faculty. Personal recommendations can be very helpful. Moreover, we welcome you to consider furthering your education with a master’s degree from our department. Contact Dr. Heather Zoller about applying for the master’s degree program. Of course, the faculty is also happy to talk with you about preparing for additional graduate and career opportunities that are available.

    • Original research or participation in faculty research is a great way to prepare for graduate school. Original research also shows potential employers that you are able to design and implement a project and to seek out knowledge about an important question. Students interested in research should discuss the possibility of creating a project in communication with faculty members who share your area of interest.
    • Enrolling in an advanced course will stretch you academically and give you exposure to the graduate program. Seeking out challenges is a great way to set yourself apart.
    • Demonstrating leadership is key to translating classroom knowledge into the world. Employers and graduate programs look for potential leaders. Departmental advisors can help you to find out about communication-related organizations for students as well as leadership opportunities available in each.
    • Awards and achievements are another way to help you succeed. The Department of Communication offers a number of scholarships and competitions through which you can distinguish yourself. Talk to your professors and advisors. You’ll be glad you did!

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.