Academic Policies and Procedures

Honors

University Honors

The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in General Information.

Graduation with University Honors

Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in General Information.

Senior Fellows Program

The Senior Fellows Program is a college-wide honors program providing a broad, interdisciplinary supplement to the student’s major. The program is designed for students with the talent and interest to go beyond the usual undergraduate experience. Participants who complete four honors courses in communication with a grade of at least B in each course earn the distinction of Senior Fellow. The coursework is undertaken in conjunction with the student’s degree requirements. Students with a grade point average of at least 3.30 are invited to apply to participate during their junior and/or senior years. Requirements for admission include completion of the formal application process, which includes a written statement of purpose indicating why the student wishes to be part of the program, and an interview with members of the faculty committee that oversees the program. 25 to 30 students are selected for the program each year.

College Honors Programs

Each academic unit in the Moody College of Communication offers an honors program to students majoring in the unit. Requirements for the programs vary, but all include (1) minimum grade point averages for admission to and continuance in the program; (2) three to six semester hours of honors coursework; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Each academic unit encourages eligible students to apply for admission to the honors program. Students who complete the program receive a certificate indicating “Special Honors in (name of field).” This notation also appears on the student’s academic record.

Advertising Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in advertising should apply to the department undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program upon completion of 60 semester hours of coursework; they must apply no later than upon completion of 90 semester hours. A University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in advertising of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Advertising 373H, Integrated Communications Campaigns: Honors, and Advertising 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B in each; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in advertising of at least 3.50; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Advertising.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in communication sciences and disorders should apply to the department undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program upon completion of 90 semester hours of coursework. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in communication sciences and disorders of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Communication Sciences and Disorders 359H, Honors Tutorial Course: Reading, with a grade of at least B-; (2) Communication Sciences and Disorders 379H, Honors Tutorial Course: Special Project, with a grade of at least B-; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in communication sciences and disorders of at least 3.50; and (4) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Communication Studies Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in communication studies should consult the communication studies undergraduate adviser upon completion of 75 semester hours of coursework. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in communication studies of at least 3.50 are required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) a major in communication studies; (2) Communication Studies 359H, Honors Tutorial Course: Reading, with a grade of at least B-; (3) Communication Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course: Special Project, with a grade of at least B-; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in communication studies of at least 3.50; and (5) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.

Journalism Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in journalism should apply to the School of Journalism adviser for admission to the honors program upon completion of 60 semester hours of coursework; they must apply no later than upon completion of ninety semester hours. A University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in journalism of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Journalism 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in journalism of at least 3.50; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Journalism.

Public Relations Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in public relations should apply to the public relations adviser for admission to the honors program upon completion of 60 semester hours of coursework; they must apply no later than upon completion of 90 semester hours. A University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in public relations of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Public Relations 377H, Integrated Communications Campaigns: Honors, and Public Relations 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B in each; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.50 and a grade point average in public relations of at least 3.50; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.

Radio-Television-Film Honors Program

Students who plan to seek special honors in radio-television-film should apply to the department chair for admission to the honors program upon completion of 75 semester hours of coursework; they must apply no later than upon completion of ninety semester hours. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in radio-television-film of at least 3.50 are required for admission to and continuation in the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) two semesters of Radio-Television-Film 378H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B- each semester; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in radio-television-film of at least 3.50; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least 60 semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film.

Concentrations

Communication and Society Concentration

This concentration is designed for consumers and creators of messages in public contexts. It is open only to students in majors outside the Moody College of Communication; any noncommunication student may enroll in any of these courses for which he or she meets the prerequisite. In addition to fulfilling the prerequisite, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 to enroll in any upper-division course in the Moody College of Communication.

The communication and society concentration requires 18 semester hours of coursework, consisting of two required courses and 12 hours of electives; nine hours of the elective work must be in upper-division courses. Of the 18 semester hours required for the concentration, at least 12 must be completed in residence. At any time after enrolling in his or her last concentration course, the student should fill out a concentration completion form in the Student Advising Office. The form must be submitted by the deadline to apply for graduation in the student’s final semester. Students who complete the concentration will receive verification.

A student who wishes to use the concentration to fulfill minor requirements should make certain these courses meet the requirements of his or her college.

Concentration Courses

Required Courses
Communication 309, Communication Technology and Society
Radio-Television-Film 305, Introduction to Media Studies

Electives
Advertising 315, History and Development of Advertising
Communication Studies 306M, Professional Communication Skills
Communication Studies 332K, Theories of Persuasion
Communication Studies 342K, Political Communication
Journalism 350F, Media Law
Radio-Television-Film 323C, Screening Race