B.A. Communication Studies

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2021, Catalog Year 2022

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
STC 135 Principles of Public Speaking 3
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

MPFIIA Creative Arts

Recommended course options

  • THE 123 Acting for Non-Majors
    Introduction to the art of acting for the non-theatre major. Focuses on developing basic acting skills through improvisation and scene work; includes study of script analysis and acting theory.
  • ART 181 Concepts in Art
    Introduction to visual and thematic concepts as applied to art in various cultures and historical periods.

MPFIII Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • IDS 159 Strength through Cultural Diversity*
    A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.
  • WGS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales.
  • SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
    Designed to develop the sociological imagination - an imagination that allows students to place themselves in a larger, ever-changing global world. Serves as a prerequisite for upper level sociology courses and as an entry course for the Sociology major, Sociology minors and thematic sequences.
First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
STC 136 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
STA 261 Statistics 4
STC 239 Theories of Communication 3
MPF IIB Humanities (MAC 143 highly recommended) 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16-17

MPF IV Natural Science

Recommended course options


  • MBI 131 Community Health Perspectives
    Discussion of community health primarily from the perspective of leading causes of disease and death in the U.S. Exploration of the impact of environment, behavior, and disease, including prevention and treatment strategies, on human health, public resources, and quality of life for society.
  • BIO 121 Environmental Biology
    Local, regional, and global environmental issues examined in the context of current ecological theory and principles of resource use and management.


  • PHY 101/111/121/141 + PHY 103L
    • PHY 101 Physics and Society
      Introduction of fundamental principles of physics and discussion of the interaction of science and society, both today and in the past. Provides skills in thinking critically about societal problems which have a scientific or technological component.
    • PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics
      Study of space exploration, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology.
    • PHY 121 Energy and Environment
      Application of physics principles and models to societal uses of energy. Includes mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Energy topics include resources, environmental problems, global atmospheric challenges, nuclear power, solar energy, alternative energy systems, and energy conservation. Algebraic skills are required but no previous course in physics is needed.
    • PHY 141 Physics in Sports
      Various aspects of a dozen or more sports are treated using the laws of physics. Provides the non-science student with insight into principles governing motion, dynamics, and other elements of physics in sports.
    • PHY 103L Concepts in Physics Laboratory
      Laboratory course illustrating the basic concepts of physics. For the general student; complements physics lecture offerings at the nonspecialist level.
  • GLG 111/121/141 +GLG 115L
    • GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth
      Earth as a geophysical-geochemical unit and its internal and external processes. Formation of minerals and their relationships in rocks. Earth stresses and rock deformation, mountain building, and earthquakes. Geomorphic (landscape) evolution by mass wasting and wave, stream, wind, ground water, glacial, and volcanic activity.
    • GLG 121 Environmental Geology
      A survey of introductory geology with a sub theme of human interaction with the geologic environment. Topics include flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, water quality and availability, energy, use and abuse of natural resources and land-use planning.
    • GLG 115L Understanding the Earth
      Laboratory course exploring Earth from multiple perspectives. Earth in the solar system; Earth in time; the solid Earth; Earth's surface in flux; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. 
      Prerequisite or Co-requisite: any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course (students enrolled in these courses are not required to take the lab).
Freshman are strongly encouraged to take UNV 101 their first semester.
Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
STC 262 Empirical Research Methods 3
MAJOR Communication Contexts 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
MP-IP Intercultural Perspective 3
MPF-IV Natural Science 3-4
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MP-IP Intercultural Perspective

Recommended course options

  • WGS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
  • MAC 143 Introduction to Media
    Introduction to major mass communication theories as a context to examining some major issues surrounding mass media in American society.
Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
APC 363 Advanced Methods in Applied Communicaton 3
MAJOR Communication Contexts 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
MP-AW Advanced Writing 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MP-AW Advanced Writing

Recommended course options

  • EGS 215 Workplace Writing
    Practice in varieties of workplace correspondence and communication with emphasis on writing clear, concise, and accurate informal and formal reports, including email, resumes, cover letters, incident reports, accident reports, sales reports, marketing plans, activity reports, progress reports, change controls, evaluation/performance reports, recommendation reports, and white papers.
  • ENG 226 Creative Writing
    Techniques and principles of creative writing with application to fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid forms.
Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
STC 339 Intro to Organizational Communication 3
MAJOR Communication Contexts 3
MAJOR Advanced Communication Elective 3
MP-EL Experiential Learning 0-3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 12-15

Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
STC 436 Intercultural Communication (or any foreign language through 202) 3
MAJOR Communication Contexts 3
MAJOR Advanced Communication Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
APC 401 Applied Communication Capstone 3
MAJOR Communication Contexts 3
MPF-IV Natural Science 3-4
ELECTIVE Electives 6

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives