Bachelor of Science in Communication: General Communication

Students earning the communication degree specialize in one of four areas: general communication, professional and technical communication (PTC), journalism of science (JS), or journalism of technology and business (JTB). All COM majors take coursework in editing, persuasion, communication law and ethics, and science and technology in society. PTC specialists add courses in document design, graphic and/or web design, linguistics, art and architectural history, and more. Journalism specialists add courses in journalism, mass media, and intercultural communication; JS specialists add courses in math and science, science writing, and philosophy of science, while JTB specialists take courses in economics, business, information technology, writing about technology, and history of technology.

Required Courses

Communication Requirements (9)
COM 371Persuasion3
COM 377Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 425Editing3
Portfolio
General Communications Requirements (18)
Select a minimum of six courses from the following:18
Introduction to Linguistics3
Standards-Based Web Design3
Mass Media and Society3
Topics in Communication (Organizational Communication)3
Topics in Communication (Communication/Media Theory)3
Technical Communication3
Verbal and Visual Communication3
Intercultural Communication3
Introduction to Journalism3
Communication/Technical Electives (18)
Select a minimum of six courses18
Science and Technology in Society (STS Elective) (6)
Select 6 credit hours6
Introduction to the Profession (3)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E3
Science Requirements (10)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D10
Mathematics Requirement (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D6
Computer Science Requirement (2)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D2
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Minor Electives (15)
Select 15 credit hours15
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Communication: General Communication Curriculum 

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Introduction to the Profession3CS 105 or 1102
MATH 1303BIOL 1143
BIOL 105
BIOL 109
4Communications Core Course13
Humanities 200-level Course3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Science Elective3Free Elective3
 16 14
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 211 or CHEM 1223COM 3713
COM 3773STS Elective23
Communications Core Course13Minor Elective3
Communication/Technical Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
STS Elective23Free Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3 
 18 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Communications Core Course13COM 4253
Minor Elective3Communications Core Course13
IPRO Elective I3Communication/Technical Elective3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Minor Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Mathematics Elective3
Free Elective3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Communications Core Course13Communications Core Course13
Communication/Technical Elective3Communication/Technical Elective3
Communication/Technical Elective3Communication/Technical Elective3
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
IPRO Elective II3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 126
1

Communications core courses include: COM 301, COM 323COM 330, COM 380 Organizational Communication, COM 380 Communication/Media Theory, COM 421, COM 428, COM 435, and COM 440.

2

Select from: PHIL 341, PHIL 350, or PHIL 351