Undergraduate Degrees in Communication
The UNF Department of Communication offers two undergraduate degrees: A B.S. in Communication and a B.A. in Communication Studies.
In the B.S. in Communication, students learn the latest skills used in the communication industry, from i-reporting to the use of social media as a strategic communication tool, but they learn more than just skills. They learn the theory behind the practice that explains why and how communication works, which gives our students an edge when applying for jobs because they don’t just know what to do or how to do it; they know why it should be done and what effect it may have.
Whether your interests are in advertising, public relations or multimedia journalism, the B.S. in Communication allows you to specialize in your interest area while learning how your concentration area fits into the larger communication world. Our minors in Communication Studies and Mass Communication builds your interpersonal skills, preparing you for leadership roles.
The department's new B.A. in Communication studies differs from the existing B.S. in Communication in that the B.S. focuses on preparing students for mass media jobs in journalism, advertising, public relations and production, while the B.A. focuses on interpersonal and organizational communication within a wide variety of businesses.
Current UNF students who want to declare a major in Communication must complete the necessary paperwork through the College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) Advising Office. B.S. in Communication students also need to specify the area of concentration they intend to pursue within the program. Descriptions of the tracks are available on the Program of Study web page.
The Department of Communication has an active Advisory Board which meets during the fall and spring semester. Their purpose is to serve as mentors to Communication students. For more information please visit the Advisory Board web page. For a list of the mentors, click here.
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Important Academic Information
SPC 2608 Fundamentals of Speech is a requirement for all three tracks in the B.S. in Communication major and so should be taken in the first or second year.
Take 18 hours outside the major and beyond the 36 hours of general education requirements. Courses must be taken in pre-requisite order with a grade of “C” or better. Student will be administratively withdrawn from communication courses if grades of “C” or above are not earned in all required core requisite.
Pre-requisites for courses and even course numbers change over time. Students should check the course description section of the current academic year catalog for current information on pre-requisites.
To remain in good standing as a major you are only permitted two attempts for the MMC 3105 Writing for the Mass Media course. Withdrawing from a class or making a grade lower than a “C” will count as one attempt. On the second attempt a communication major must make a “C” in the course to continue in the major. After two failed attempts in this course students must change majors.
Further, all major requirements and major electives must be completes with grades of “C” or above.
Any student who misses the first day of class without advance notice to the department office will, at the discretion of the instructor, be administratively removed from the missed class. For classes with a lecture and labs, such as MMC 3105, "first day" means attending both the lecture and the lab. It remains the student’s responsibility to determine his or her enrollment status in any class missed on the first day.