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Effective communication isn't just public speaking. It's about media such as TV, movies, radio, social media, advertising and news. Our BA in Communication covers it all, with a strong liberal arts background.

Communication, BA Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:

  • Foreign Language 101-102 8 semester hours
  • Foreign Language 201-202 6 semester hours

To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.

Major Courses

Course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. A grade of C or better required for all major and elective coursework.

COM 100 - Student Media Seminar (2 semesters)
COM 101 - Oral Communication
COM 102 - Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 103 - Introduction To Media Technology
COM 200 - Writing for the Media
COM 250 - Newsgathering
COM 307 - Advanced Writing for the Media
COM 310 - Digital Culture
COM 320 - Mass Communication and Society
COM 325 - Visual Design
COM 400 - Practicum (2 semesters)
COM 460 - Internship (see field experience)
COM 465 - Communication Senior Seminar

Communication Electives

Select coursework to apply toward Communication Electives: (9 Semester Hours)

COM 201 - Relational Communication
COM 204 - Announcing for the Media
COM 210 - Advertising
COM 299 - Special Topics in Communication
COM 303 - Images of Women in Film
COM 331 - Audio Production
COM 410 - Media Law & Ethics
COM 413 - Public Relations
COM 425 - Advanced Visual Design
COM 431 - Video Production
COM 454 - Problems in Mass Communication
COM 499 - Special Topics in Communication
FLM 101 - Introduction to Film

Field Experience

Student field experiences can be realized through the internship program. To be eligible, students must be classified as juniors or seniors and must possess a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average. Communication majors are required to complete a field experience as part of the degree requirements. This is accomplished through formal internship placement (COM 460) with an appropriate professional agency. Students may or may not be compensated for their internship experience. The scope of such experiences must exceed that of required communication practicum courses and should acquaint students with actual professional practices in their disciplines. A minimum of 120 hours of on-site experience is required for 3 hours of credit per semester.

Required Minor

Communication majors are required to take a minor to focus some of their electives and to help maximize their career goals and interests. Minors range from 18-24 semester hours. Students are to make appropriate adjustments in free elective hours to ensure the minimum of 124 required semester hours required in the chosen curriculum. Communication majors may not minor in Communication. However, Communication majors may minor in Film Studies.

Total Hours Required for a BA in Communication: 124 Semester Hours