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Agenda Item FA 19-24

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Arts and Sciences (Undergraduate) – (Communication):

New Courses, Courses Change, & Programs of Study (2 packages)

04/04/19: Pending

05/09/19: Passed

05/23/19: Approved

Not enough quorum on 4/4/2019 FA mtg.

Log Number: 201808-112

Communication – Undergraduate



Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program

Bachelor of Science – Communication Major

Concentration: Multimedia Journ. & Production

Summary of the changes:

The proposed change would add two courses to the pool of major electives that students choose from in the Multimedia Journalism major concentration of the B.S. in Communication:

MMC 3XXX Multimedia Storytelling in Sports

RTV 3XXX Multimedia Sports Production

The two new elective courses aim to provide opportunities for students to understand the fast-evolving sports media industry and to practice basic sports production on various platforms. Adding these two electives will increase students' options in terms of course offering and facilitate graduation. There is no change in the POS because the two courses are 3000-level MMC and RTV classes, and the POS says that students should pick electives that are 3000- or 4000-level classes in MMC and RTV prefix. Thus, those courses are already in the POS under “electives.” The total credit hours for the POS are not changing.

(Click here f or the program of study)

Log Number: 201901-5

Communication – Undergraduate

Change a degree-major of an existing program

Bachelor of Arts - Communication Studies Major

Summary of the changes:

The following changes to the B.A. in Communication Studies are requested:


  • eliminate COM 4958 Communication Studies Capstone (3 credits);
  • add COM4301 Communication Theory and Research Methods as an alternative to an internship;
  • reduce major requirements from 21 credits to 18 credits by removing COM4958; and
  • increase major electives from 12 credits to 15 credits.


These changes aim to offer students more flexibility when choosing courses and help them to decrease the time for completing the program, thus improving graduation and retention rates. The total number of credits needed to complete the program will remain the same.

(Click here  for the program of study)