College or School: 
College of Liberal Arts
Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type: 
Bachelors
Level: 
Undergraduate
Department: 
Communication
Campus: 
Dayton
Four Year Graduation Plan: 
Three Year Degree Plan: 
Faculty: 

Professors DeStephen, Rickert, Sayer (Emeritus), Shupe (Emeritus), Rucker, Spirek (chair)
Associate Professors Eakins-Reed (Emeritus), Fetzer (Emeritus), Morgan, Thompson, Yi 
Lecturers Alexander, Antolik

Program Description: 

The Department of Communication offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Communication students gain an understanding of human communication through the acquisition of skills in speaking, writing, and critical thinking. 

The Bachelor of Arts in communication is suitable for students who wish to enter a communication-related career or for individuals interested in personal development. The department offers majors in mass communication, organizational communication, and communication studies. Study in organizational communication is appropriate for students seeking careers in training and development or other organizational communication specialties. Study in mass communication is appropriate for students interested in journalism, media management and production, and public relations. The communication studies program allows students to select courses from all of the communication majors to meet their specific needs. 

The communication major can expect to take both theoretical and practical courses and to study communication from both the traditional point of view and through experience. Consequently, students are advised to take advantage of the communication activities in the department, college, and university. These activities include cable television, WWSU-FM radio station, The Guardian (student newspaper), the Public Relations Club, cooperative education, and involvement in Dayton area professional organizations.

Degree Requirements-Communication

Bachelor of Arts Degree 
The major in communication is for students interested in personal development or a career in education, industry, government, or the media. Communication majors are expected to achieve basic proficiency in communication skills and to master the essentials of communication theory. All communication majors must take 12 hours of required courses, as well as a minimum of 43 additional hours in communication. All communication majors are encouraged to participate in communication activities outside the university. To be admitted as majors, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. 

 

Communication Major Curricula

Communication Studies 
The communication studies major is designed to develop broadly trained students in the liberal arts. Students are encouraged to develop their abilities as effective communicators and as informed critical receivers. The communication studies major affords students maximum freedom of choice in designing their programs of study and areas of specialization.

Program Requirements: 

 

  Hours
I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3
Element 3: Global Traditions 6
Element 4: Arts and Humanities 3
Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8

Additional Core Courses

Required: COM 1010

6
   
II. Departmental Requirements 37

COM 1040, 1520, 2020, 2410, 2460, 3330 OR 3700; 4320

OR 4570; 4470; 4490, 4250, 4430, 4710, 4330

37
   
III. Related Requirements  
   
IV. College Requirements 18

Foreign Language

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese,

Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.

12
Methods of Inquiry  

Quantitative Methods

COM 4490

3

Qualitative Methods:

One Course from:

PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230, PHL 4710, PHL 4720

3
   
V. Electives 31
   
Total 124