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2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog


Students should refer to the "Admissions" section of this catalog for information about advanced placement, CLEP credit, CLEP subject examinations, junior college credit, and transfer credit. (The College of Communication and Information Sciences has final authority in decisions concerning the possible application of junior college credit and other college credit toward a student's degree requirements.) Information about academic bankruptcy, application for degree, class-hour load restrictions, concurrent enrollment, core curriculum requirements, drop/add, the University forgiveness policy, the pass/fail option, and second bachelor's degrees can be found in the "Student Records and General Academic Policies" section of this catalog.

In order to earn the bachelor of arts in communication degree, students must satisfy the following requirements.

Hours and Grade Points

All majors in the College of Communication and Information Sciences must complete the minimum number of semester hours required by their departments and approved by the College. Of the total number of hours required for each major, up to 16 may be earned in military science. The total hours for graduation must include the coursework specified in this catalog under the heading for the appropriate major department.

To be eligible for graduation, a College of Communication and Information Sciences major must have an overall and on-campus grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and he or she must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the major and in the minor.

Grade Requirements for Courses in the Major

A student must have grades of "C-" or higher in all required and elective courses counted toward an undergraduate major in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. In addition, grades of "C-" or higher must be earned in all required external courses, including those established as prerequisites for courses in the major as well as those required directly in the major.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for APR, JN, and TCF Majors

Students majoring in advertising and public relations, journalism, and telecommunication and film must successfully complete at least 80 hours outside the mass communication area, and 65 hours in approved liberal arts and sciences courses taught in the College of Arts and Sciences, in the Department of Economics in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, in the Department of Communication Studies, or in other courses that meet core requirements in humanities, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and behavioral sciences.

Students should always check with the major department or the College of Communication and Information Sciences records office for specific policies pertaining to a particular department or program.

Residency Requirements

While enrolled in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, students must earn in residence on campus at least one-fourth of the semester hours required for their degrees, including 9 of the last 18 hours. The College may specify that advanced work in the major and minor fields be taken in residence.

Independent Study by Correspondence

Credit earned for correspondence courses may not exceed 25 percent of the coursework required by the University for graduation. Permission to enroll in correspondence courses must be secured from the records office of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.


Students are expected to attend all classes. Specific course attendance policies are fully explained by the professors in their course outlines. The College of Communication and Information Sciences faculty may disenroll from a communication course a student who has not attended the first two meetings of a Tuesday-Thursday course or the first three meetings of a Monday-Wednesday-Friday course.

Policy on Prerequisites and Corequisites

College of Communication and Information Sciences students must satisfy all course and grade prerequisites and all course corequisites. A student who fails to satisfy prerequisites and corequisites before enrolling in a course may be administratively disenrolled from that course on or before the first day of classes. It is, however, the student's responsibility to drop a course when the specified prerequisites or corequisites have not been met.

Policy on Auditing Courses

A student who is registered for 12–18 hours may audit one course, but he or she may not take tests or a final examination in the audited course. No credit is earned by auditing courses.

Policy on Repeating Courses

Courses that satisfy requirements of a communication major may be enrolled in more than once in order to earn a minimum grade of "C-." Each enrollment is included in the cumulative hours attempted and in the computation of the grade point average, but only the final enrollment may be counted toward the degree.

Waiver of Courses

An entering student who presents prior study or experience that is apparently equivalent to a required course may petition the major department for a waiver of that required course, subject to the substitution of a higher-numbered course in its place. The student may be required to take an examination to obtain the waiver.