Bachelor of Science in Communication and Leadership

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication and Leadership, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University's General Requirements for graduation, the Core Curriculum requirements, the college graduation requirements, the requirements and policies listed in Academic Policies and Procedures, and the requirements given in Prescribed Work, Major Requirements, and Special Requirements of the Major, below.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In some cases, a course required for the Bachelor of Science in Communication and Leadership may also be counted toward the core curriculum.

Prescribed Work

  1. Three semester hours in English or rhetoric and writing in addition to the courses required by the core curriculum.
  2. Three courses with a writing flag; one course with a quantitative reasoning flag; one course with a global cultures flag; one course with a cultural diversity in the United States flag; one course with an ethics flag; and one course with an independent inquiry flag. The same course cannot be used to satisfy the global cultures and cultural diversity flags even if the course carries both flags. Courses that fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the Moody College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or non-dominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A complete list is available on the college’s Student Advising website before registration for each semester and summer session.
  4. Students must satisfy a foreign language and culture requirement in one of the following ways: (a) Demonstrating intermediate proficiency in a single foreign language; (b) Taking two consecutive courses in one language and one approved culture course in a culture that is relevant to the language. A list of approved culture and language courses and combinations will be posted on the Student Advising website before registration for each semester and summer session. An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult with an academic adviser for information on testing.
  5. At least six semester hours of course work in the Moody College of Communication excluding communication courses used to meet the communication and leadership major requirements.
  6. Thirty-six hours of coursework, as described in Major Requirements, below.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.
       

Major Requirements

The major requires 36 hours of coursework across three designated areas, of which at least 15 hours must be upper-division:

  1. Communication Leadership. Communication and Leadership 301, 321, 351, 371
  2. Communication Foundations. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following courses in the Moody College of Communication: Advertising 320, 332; Communication Studies 306M, 310K, 313M, 315M, 316L, 320, 321D, 322E, 332, 332K333, 335, 337, 338, 341, 353S, 372K; Journalism 331M, 358C
  3. Social Issues. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following: Advertising 334, 378 (Topic 26); Communication Studies 332D, 340K, 342K, 344K, 347K, 354, 372T; Communication Sciences and Disorders 378D; Journalism 336F, 313P, 338J, 341F, 341J, 346G, 348D, 351F, 355F; Radio-Television-Film 323C, 342 (Topic 8), 365 (Topic 13); Public Health 317; Social Work 310, 325; Public Affairs 325 (Topic 1); Applied Learning and Development 327; Women's and Gender Studies 340 (Topic 53); Government 351L or Core Texts and Ideas 325, Government 337M (Topic 7), 357M (Topic 8); Sociology 308K, 321G, 336D, 352, 369K.

Special Requirements of the Major

A student may not earn both the Bachelor of Science in Communication and Leadership and the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Writing 306.
    2. Undergraduate Studies 302 or 303
    3. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    4. Courses in a foreign language.
    5. Courses that meet flag requirements.
  2. Enough additional coursework to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

Second Year

  1. The student should take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316L316M316N, or 316P and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and writing.
    2. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Communication and Leadership 301 and a course from Communication Foundations.
  3. Two courses that meet flag requirements.
  4. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college academic adviser.

Third Year

  1. Two courses that meet flag requirements.
  2. Any remaining courses in the core curriculum and the prescribed work.
  3. Courses from the Communication Foundations and Social Issues areas to fulfill the major requirements. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college academic adviser.
  4. Communication and Leadership 321 and 351, if the prerequisites have been met.
  5. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major.

Fourth Year

  1. Communication and Leadership 371
  2. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major.
  3. Any remaining major requirements from the Communication Foundations and Social Issues areas. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college academic adviser.
  4. Any remaining flag requirements.
  5. Any remaining courses in the core curriculum and the prescribed work.