Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Global Communication and World Languages, B.A.


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Joint degree requirements


The B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to combine their interests in language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) with the study of evidence-based communication approaches to create shared meaning and understanding of messages. Students become productive global citizens as they learn how to engage in rigorous application of communication theory and research while increasing linguistic and practical skills and broadening their awareness of culture to prepare for the global workplace. Graduates are in high demand as they combine core communication skills with high-level proficiency in a world language. They will be able to pursue careers in diplomacy, government, health care professions, journalism, NGOs, philanthropic organizations with international reach and more. The nine credit hour Capstone sequence, which includes a service learning course/internship, intensive research in their chosen language, and a senior seminar in the global workplace, will provide students with hands on experience, which future employers will value.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor to construct a sequence of study.

Students may not double major in Global Communication and World Languages and Communication Studies, or Global Communication and World Languages and Strategic and Corporate Communication. Students may not obtain a double major in Global Communication and World Languages and their language track (e.g. Global Communication and World Language, French track and French major). Students may not major in Global Communication and World Languages and minor in the same language track (e.g., Global Communication and World Languages, Chinese track and minor in Chinese).

Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in a country/region which speaks their language track (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish).

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages.

Program requirements

  • Substitutions for required courses in Communication are not permitted without approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Communication. Substitutions for required courses in Languages are not permitted without approval of the Chair of World Languages.
  • To enroll in 300 level courses in the School of Communication, the prerequisites are COM 100  with a minimum grade of B- and COM 295 , or SCC 295  with a minimum grade of C, or as a corequisite.
  • To enroll in 400 level COM courses, students require a minimum grade: COM 100  (B-) and COM 295  (C). Other prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages are required to:

  • Maintain at least a 2.500 grade point average in the major.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or higher in major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade.
  • Complete 45 total hours (21 in Communication Studies, 24 upper-division in World Languages).

language track requirement (24 credits)


Students must complete all the requirements within one of the following language tracks in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, or Spanish.

total credits 45


Chinese track requirements (24 credits)


French track requirements (24 credits)


Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in France or a Francophone country.

requirement (3 credits)


one of the following (3 credits)


electives (18 credits)


German track requirements (24 credits)


Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in Germany or a German-speaking country.

Italian track requirements (24 credits)


Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in Italy.

Japanese track requirements (24 credits)


Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in Japan.

Spanish track requirements (24 credits)


Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country.

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