Curriculum

USCB offers the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications Studies. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet General Education requirements and Communications Studies requirements as outlined in I-IV below.

I.  General Education Requirements with notes for Majors ........................................... 37-50

English

                  BENG 101, 101L and 102 (each with a grade of “C” or higher)................... 6-7

Students may place out of BENG 101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam. Students who transfer into USCB with approved credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the BENG 101L requirement.

Numerical and Analytical Reasoning    ............................................................. 6

                  BMTH 101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

Majors: BPHI 110 or 111 are listed as a Program Requirement in (II) below and satisfy 3 hr of the Numerical and Analytical Reasoning requirement.

Speech

                  BSPC 140, 201 or 230 ................................................................................. 3

Majors: Requirements in this category will be fulfilled by Major Requirements in (III) below. No additional courses are required.

Liberal Arts

                  Liberal Arts Electives (humanities and social/behavioral sciences)1 .............. 6

BHIS 101, 102, 111 or 112, 115 or 116........................................................ 3

Fine Arts2 ...................................................................................................  3

Social/Behavioral Sciences3........................................................................ 3

1 Courses from the following disciplines: BFRO, BANT, BARH, BATS, BECO, BENG, BFRE, BGEO, BHIS, BMUS, BPHI, BPOL, BPSY, BRLG, BSOC, BSPA, BSPC, BTHE.  One-hour credits in BMUS and BTHE may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

2 Courses from: BARH, BATS, BMUS, or BTHE. One-hour credits in BMUS and BTHE may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

3 Courses from: BANT, BECO, BGEO, BGST, BLIN, BPOL, BPSY, BSOC and BSST.

Natural Sciences

Two courses, at least one with associated laboratory ............................... 6

Courses from: BAST, BBIO, BCHM, BMAR, and BPHY. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory.

Foreign Languages .......................................................................................... 0-6

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects.  For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam.  For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB’s language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement.

General Education Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding Studies 0-3

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: BANT 102, BANT 312, BANT 317, BANT 351, BANT 352, BANT 452, BENG 291, BGEO 121, BGST 301, BGST 398, BHIS 109, BHIS 115, BHIS 116, BRLG 203, BSOC 315 and BSPA 380B. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

 

II. Program Requirements*.............................................................................. 18

An additional selection from BHIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 115 or 116...................... 3

Courses selected from African American studies, English, fine arts, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy (except 110 & 111) or religious studies................................................................................................ 6

Courses selected from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology     6

A course in logic: BPHI 110 or 111.................................................................... 0-3

* A grade of “C” or higher must be obtained in courses taken to satisfy program requirements.

III. Major Requirements*...................................................................................... 33

       BSPC 140, BSPC 190, and BSPC 201..................................................................... 9

       BSPC 200-level  (Choose 2 courses from 210, 220, 230, 240)............................... 6

       BSPC 300-level + (Choose 5 courses from 310, 320, 325, 340, 343, 345, 389, 390, 399, 450, and BANT 385)  15

       BSPC 490 Senior Seminar (taken in the senior year of study)............................... 3

* A grade of “C” or higher must be obtained in courses taken to satisfy program requirements.

V. Electives .................................................................................................... 30-40*

Total Hours Required............................................................................... 120

* Three hours of Major Requirements are accounted for in the General Education curriculum.