Bachelor of Science in Communication: General Communication

Students earning the communication degree specialize in one of four areas: general communication, journalism of science (JS), journalism of technology and business (JTB), or professional and technical communication (PTC). All COM majors take coursework in editing, persuasion, communication law and ethics, and science and technology in society. General communicators have a great deal of leeway to tailor coursework to their own particular interests.

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 six credit hours6
Introduction to the Profession (3)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E3
Science Requirements (10)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section D10
Mathematics Requirement (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section D6
Computer Science Requirement (2)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section D2
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech 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 1303Communications Core Course13
Natural Science or Engineering Elective4Natural Science or Engineering Elective3
Humanities 200-level Course3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Science Elective3Free Elective3
 16 14
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
COM 3773COM 3713
Communications Core Course13STS Elective23
Communication/Technical Elective3Minor Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering 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