2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 21, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Communication (B.A.)


Nicholson School of Communication and Media
UnionWest at Creative Building (UCF Downtown)

https://communication.ucf.edu/ 

Dr. Harry Weger
harry.weger@ucf.edu

Nicholson Academic Student Services Center (NASSC)
nassc@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-2681

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs (other than from COM Pending) and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Co-op or internship credit may be used in this major with prior advisor approval.
  • Students cannot exceed a total of six credits of internship, co-op, and independent study credits combined.
  • Students must consult with a school advisor
  • School residency requirement consists of at least 24 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)


  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Math: (3 Credit Hours)


Statistics: (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)


Core Requirements: Basic Level


Statistics:


Core Requirements: Advanced Level (15 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following: (15 Credit Hours)


Human Communication Tracks (9 Credit Hours)


Students must choose one track from the following: General Human Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, or Social Innovation and Activism. 

General Human Communication Track (9 Credit Hours)


To complete the General Human Communication Track, students select 9 hours of courses from across the specialized tracks and/or internal restricted electives (in addition to the 6 hours of internal restricted electives).

Specialized Tracks


Students can claim a specialized track by completing three courses in one of the following areas (in addition to the 6 hours of internal restricted electives):

Business and Professional Track (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following:

Health Communication Track (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following:

Interpersonal Communication Track (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following:

Social Innovation and Activism Track (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following:

Restricted Electives (15 Credit Hours)


Internal Restricted Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


  • Note: Courses used for the core may NOT also count as electives. Students must use a different course if they have already taken one listed in the core of their track.

External Restricted Electives (6 Credit Hours)


  • A minimum of six upper division credit hours from the NSCM but outside of the Human Communication area (i.e. Advertising - Public Relations, Journalism, or Radio - Television) not specified as restricted internal electives above. Additionally, and when available, open courses in Business, Legal Studies, Leadership Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration or other related areas may be approved by NSCM advisors for use as external restricted electives. 

High Impact Immersion Experience (3 Credit Hours)


Select one from the following:

  • COM 3955 - Study Abroad  Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4903H - Honors Directed Reading I  Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4906 - Directed Independent Study  Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4912 - Directed Independent Research  Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4941 - Internship Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4955 - Study Abroad  Credit Hours: 3 
  • COM 4970H - Undergraduate Honors Thesis  Credit Hours: 3​ 

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • Select primarily from upper level courses. May be taken outside of the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Met by graduation requirement.

Graduation

  • Proficiency equivalent to two semesters of college instruction in a foreign language (taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies) or in American Sign Language (ASL). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used. ASL proficiency is met by successful completion of ASL 2140 and ASL 2150 or an appropriate score on the ASL proficiency exam. Contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/) regarding the ASL proficiency examination. Consult with the NSCM advising staff to understand how choosing ASL might impact hours needed to graduate.

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all UCF Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) courses taken in the major.
  • All attempts of UCF NSCM courses that could meet major requirements are included in the major GPA calculation, including those taken beyond the minimum required (e.g. additional restricted electives).
  • To avoid graduation delays, meet with your advisor to review graduation requirements before registering for your last term.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • Application and admissions through The Burnett Honors College and department. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at honors.ucf.edu/research

Related Programs

  • None

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students should consult with an NASSC advisor.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


  • One of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements.
  • Consult a school advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Use your Pegasus Path planning tool in your myUCF portal to plan your courses through to graduation.
  • Although most classes are listed as being taken during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.
  • Before registering for Math, take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/

Freshman Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)


  • ENC 1101 - Composition I Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP-Math Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language XXX1120 Credit Hours: 4

Freshman Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Summer (7 Credits)


  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4

Sophomore Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • SPC 3602 - Advanced Public Speaking Credit Hours: 3
  • Track Required Course/Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Track Required Course/Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)


  • High Impact Experience​ Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • Internal Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Internal Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • External Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)


  • External Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3