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2013-2014

Communication - School of (7600)

B.A. - Bachelor of Arts

Major: Mass Media - Commun: News (C60007BA)

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Learning Outcomes
Communicates effectively in writing: Uses proper grammar/spelling; is able to write effectively for different target audiences; utilizes AP style
Communicates effectively in writing: Writes in a style appropriate for a variety of news/documentary platforms (print, online, broadcast, etc.)
Communicates effectively in speech: Uses effective delivery; speaks effectively for different audiences and occasion; prepares effective visual aids and handouts
Participates effectively in groups: Contributes to the team effort in a meaningful way; leads team projects effectively
Participates effectively in groups: Works effectively within the functional and economic structure of the media industry
Applies critical thinking skills: Able to research stories, markets & audiences; able to evaluate and apply legal rules and regulations; able to evaluate and apply ethical guidelines
Exhibits quantitative reasoning skills: Able to compute basic descriptive statistics; design research studies to answer specific questions; evaluate quantitative research
Exhibits quantitative reasoning skills: Use quantitative evidence in writing news/documentaries
Exhibits media production skills: Able to produce and edit basic media content for print and online platforms

Year 1

Fall
3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life4
3300:111 English Composition I3
Oral Communication:7600:105 Intro to Public Speaking or 7600:106 Effective Oral Comm3
Physical Education/Wellness:Any1
Modern Language:Any 35xx:1014
Min Credit Total 15
Spring
7600:115 Survey of Communication Theory3
7600:102 Survey of Mass Communication3
3300:112 English Composition II3
Social Science:Any Set3
Modern Language:Any 35xx:1024
Min Credit Total 16
Summer
Min Credit Total 0

Year 2

Fall
7600:300 Newswriting3
Natural Science:Any Set4
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity:Any2
Social Science:Any OTHER Set3
Modern Language:Any 35xx:2013
Min Credit Total 15
Spring
3400:210 Humanities in Western Trad I4
7600:308 Feature Writing3
7600:384 Communication Research3
Natural Science:Any OTHER Set4
Modern Language:Any 35xx:2023
Min Credit Total 17
Summer
Min Credit Total 0

Year 3

Fall
7600:301 Advanced Newswriting3
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity:Any2
Humanities:Any Set3
Elective:News Requirement3
Elective:Minor Requirement 3
Elective:7600:Communication3
Min Credit Total 17
Spring
Elective:News Requirement 3
Elective:News Requirement 3
Elective:Minor Requirement3
Elective:Minor Requirement3
Elective:7600:Communication3
Humanities:Any OTHER Set3
Min Credit Total 18
Summer
Min Credit Total 0

Year 4

Fall
Elective:News Requirement3
Elective:News Requirement 3
Elective:Minor Requirement3
Elective:Minor Requirement3
Elective:7600:Communication3
Min Credit Total 15
Spring
Elective:News Requirement3
Elective:News Requirement3
Elective:Minor Requirement3
Elective:Any3
Elective:7600:Communication3
Min Credit Total 15
Summer
Min Credit Total 0
Degree Distribution Requirements
This curriculum guide is a recommended plan of study. Students with questions about degree requirements should contact an academic advisor.
The School of Communication recommends 3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life or 3470:260 Basic Statistics to meet the General Education mathematics requirement. Courses satisfying the School of Communication math requirement include 3450:145 (College Algebra), 3450:135 (Math for Liberal Arts), 3450:141 (Algebra with Business Applications), 3450:210 (Calculus with Business Applications), 3470:260 (Basic Statistics), 3470:261 and 262 (Introduction to Statistics I and II) or their equivalents.
Please note that 2030:130 Math for Allied Health, 2030:151 Technical Math I, 2030:152 Technical Math II, 2030:153 Technical Math III, 2030:154 Technical Math IV, 2030:2420:170 Applied Math for Business, 2030:255 Technical Calculus I, or 2030:161 Math for Modern Technology DO NOT fulfill the School of Communication mathematics requirement.
3300:113 and 114 African American Language and Culture I and II may be substituted for 3300:111 and 112 English Composition I and II.
7700:101, 102, 201, 202, and 222 American Sign Language I-IV and Survey of Deaf Culture in America may be substituted for Modern Language; Any 35xx courses listed in guide.
The School of Communication recommends 7600:325 Intercultural Communication to meet part of the Area Studies and Cultural Diversity General Education requirement. Introduction to Public Speaking or 7600:106 Effective Oral Communication are the required classes to meet the General Education Oral Communications requirement.
3400:221 Humanities in the World Since 1300 may be substituted for 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition.
A grade of C or better is required in order to graduate in: 3300:111, 112, 113, 114; 7600:102, 105 or 106, 115, 384.
News Requirements: Complete 6 credits from 7600:302, 420, 416. Complete 9 credits from: 7600:282, 283, 304, 417, 425. Complete 6 credits from: 7600:400, 408, 410, 284. 7600:105. Complete 7600: 300, 301, 308.
News elective credits - 9 credits from 7600: xxx.
The following credit hour requirements apply to this degree: 128 minimum total credits; 32 credits in residence; the final 32 credits must be taken from The University of Akron.

Guide Updated: 03-18-2013