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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2002-2003


Chair: Gerald L. Wilson (251-380-2800)
Professors: Hanna, Hermanson, Hesse, Wilson, Wright
Associate Professors: Aucoin, Rockwel
Assistant Professors: Kearney, Rosene, Ward
Instructors: Dardeau, Dupree, Moreau
Department of Communication web site
The primary objectives of the Communication Department are: to understand and teach the functions, processes, and effects of communication; to attempt to influence communication environments in which we live in a contributory way; and to provide professional preparation for communication-oriented careers, including communication technology, journalism, public relations, organizational communication, and the mass media.
Given these goals, the Department attempts to meet individual performance and career needs with a flexible curriculum. Thus, while a “core” of courses is required of all Communication majors, students select one of the six tracks offered and confer with their advisors to plan their courses of study. These focused areas of study are not a vocational education, but they will help to prepare students for several employment possibilities.
The six tracks, or concentrated areas of study, offered in Communication are: Communication Technology, Interpersonal Communication and Rhetoric, Journalism (Print Journalism and Broadcast Journalism), Organizational Communication, Public Relations (Public Relations and Advertising), and Radio-Television. In brief, the Department’s commitment to a broad-based study of communication activities permits a more intelligent choice of career fields. In addition, it provides a more meaningful classroom experience during the junior and senior years.
Communication majors must complete 15 semester hours including the Public Speaking requirement (CA 110) in the College of Arts and Sciences, plus a four-course Communication Core consisting of components in Communication Theory (CA 200), Argumentation (CA 210), Writing for Communication Media (CA 220), and Foundations of Communication Research (CA 300). EH 101 and 102 are prerequisites to CA 200, 210 and 220. CA 200 is a prerequisite to CA 300.
In addition to these five courses, all Communication majors must complete 27 semester hours in one of the department’s six tracks listed below. In addition to CA 300, at least five Communication classes must be numbered 300 or higher.
Credit for CA 394 and 494 cannot satisfy the 15 hour, College of Arts and Sciences upper level requirement.
General Education Requirements for Communication.
Minors in Communication must complete 15 semester hours including CA 110 (Public Speaking), CA 200 (Communication Theory), CA 210 (Argumentation), CA 220 (Writing for Communication Media), CA 300 (Foundation of Communication Research), plus nine additional hours in Communication including at least three hours of upper level credit.
Students in Communication may select a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. Twenty-four semester hours are required including MGT 300, MKT 320, ACC 211, ECO 215. Each student should consult a faculty advisor in Communication and a faculty member in Business to select four (4) additional courses in Management or Marketing to complete the minor field of study.
This track is for students interested in studying communication technology.
Required: 260, 360, 366, 445
Choose One: 270, 286
Choose One: 211, 230, 240
Choose Three: 340, 352, 435, 453, 455, 496
This track is for students interested in studying interpersonal communication and rhetoric.
Required: 100, 211, 310, 400, 410, 422, 424
Choose One: 315, 411
Choose One: 360, 366
This track is for students interested in studying print or broadcast journalism.
Required: 101, 270, 445, 455
Print Journalism:
Required: 281, 370, 387, 472
Choose One: 360, 382, 388, 453, 457, 470, 481, 496
Broadcast Journalism:
Required: 250, 340, 350, 450
Choose One: 244, 360, 382, 388, 441, 453, 457, 496
This track is for students interested in studying organizational communication.
Required: 211, 230, 275, 286, 430
Choose One: 310, 411
Choose One: 400, 410, 422
Choose Two: 260, 221, 360, 435, 457
This track is for students interested in studying public relations or advertising.
Public Relations:
Required: CA 101, 286, 386, 445, 484, 486
Choose Two: 230, 270, 470
Choose One: 211, 221, 244, 281, 321, 322, 350, 360, 370, 430, 453, 455, 496
Required: CA 101, 221, 321, 322, 445, 476
Choose Two: 286, 310, 455, 470
Choose One: 230, 241, 360, 386, 453, 484, 496
This track is for students interested in studying radio or television.
Required: CA 101, 241, 340, 356, 441, 445
Choose One: 343, 344
Choose Two: 244, 260, 343 (if not selected above), 344 (if not selected above), 350, 352, 360, 388, 440, 453, 455, 457, 496
The Master of Arts degree in communication provides education for the student who wishes to pursue either further graduate study beyond the master’s degree or a career in corporate or public communication. The department offers a thesis program. Students who select the thesis program will demonstrate mastery of knowledge of corporate and/or public communication and skills necessary to conduct communication research. Students who select the non-thesis program will demonstrate the mastery of knowledge of corporate and/or public communication and skills necessary to carry out a project.
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).
1.    GRE General test combined score of at least 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative        subtests is recommended. Permission may be granted on an individual basis by        the Coordinator of Graduate Study to use a GMAT score in lieu of the GRE scores.        If the GMAT score is used, it will enter into a formula that must compute to at least        a score of 1,000. The formula used to compute the score of admission is: 200 x        GPA + GMAT score. An earned master’s degree may substitute for satisfactory        GRE General Test scores.
2. An undergraduate major in communication or 36 semester hours in        communication. A master’s degree earned in a field other than communication        may be offered as a substitute for a major in communication; all such requests for        substitution will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
3.   Satisfactory completion of these courses at the University of South Alabama or        elsewhere: Communication Theory (CA 200 or 400), Research Methods (CA 300).        An undergraduate course in Statistics is recommended.
1.  GRE General Test combined score of less than 1,000 on the verbal and        quantitative subtests (a combined score) or GMAT/GPA calculated score of less        than 1,000 (200 x GPA + GMAT) is recommended.
2.    Minimum GPA of 2.5.
3. An undergraduate minor in communication or 24 semester hours in        communication; applicants with otherwise strong records may be admitted        conditionally with fewer than 24 semester hours in communication, but will be        required to make up deficiencies in their undergraduate course work in addition to        the normal master’s degree requirements and to be eligible for Regular Standing.        A master’s degree earned in a field other than communication may be offered as a        substitute for a minor in communication; all such requests will be reviewed on a        case-by-case basis.
4.    Incomplete record of undergraduate core courses (see #3 above under Regular        Standing); applicants admitted provisionally will be required to make up        deficiencies in the undergraduate core in addition to the normal requirements and        in order to be eligible for Regular Standing.
An applicant for admission to the Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication program who does not meet the requirements for admission under the regular or provisional categories, especially mature adults with considerable work experience, may apply for and be admitted as non-degree candidates if approved by the department’s graduate committee. Students must maintain a “B” average on all courses attempted in the department to remain in the program.
Upon successful completion of nine or more credit hours of graduate core courses with a grade of “B” or better in each course, a non-degree student may apply for regular admission to the program. Non-degree students may take a maximum of 18 credit hours over no more than two years. No more than 15 hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied to degree status.
Applicants for graduate assistantships in communication should submit an application and three letters of recommendation to the Graduate Coordinator by February 1 at which date review of completed applications will commence for appointments for the following academic year. An application may be obtained by writing to the Graduate Coordinator.
Thesis Program
In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School, the candidate for the Master of Arts Degree in Communication must satisfy the following.
1.   Complete at least 33 approved semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree        with a minimum overall 3.0 grade-point average. At least 24 hours of these        courses must be in communication. At least 24 hours of these courses must be at        the 500 level. All 400 level courses must be approved by the Graduate        Coordinator. A minimum of 24 semester hours must be taken in residence at the        University of South Alabama.
2.  Complete successfully a comprehensive written examination, at least one        semester before graduation. The comprehensive examination may be attempted        no more than two times. A student who fails this examination must wait a        minimum of three months before repeating it. Failure of the examination on the        second attempt will result in dismissal from the program.
3.   Complete a thesis representing original research.
4.   Defend orally the thesis during the last semester of residency.
5.   Complete all requirements for the degree within five calendar years from the date        of matriculation as a graduate student.
Non-Thesis Program
This program is available to students who do not wish to conduct research or to continue graduate study beyond the master’s degree. Students who select the non-thesis program will complete two additional courses for graduate credit and an approved project instead of a thesis. The student must defend orally the project during the last semester of residency. At least 24 hours of courses in the non-thesis program must be in Communication. All other requirements of the thesis program apply to the non-thesis program.
All candidates for the Master of Arts Degree in Communication must complete the following courses:
  CA 500 CA 501 CA 502
  CA 503    

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