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Bachelor of Arts in Communication (2015-2016 and Earlier)

Our most flexible degree, the BA Communication allows students to tailor their education to meet their needs. Complete your required courses and your choice of 18 credits of upper division Communication courses to build a degree that will take you where you want to go. Add a minor or certificate to round out your experience and extend your potential.

Students may choose an optional emphasis in one of the following areas:

Media Production

COMM-Icon-Media-Production-Media Production provides opportunities to create projects in a variety of forms, including film, audio, video, television, print journalism, multi-media, digital imaging, motion graphics, web design, DVD authoring and streaming video.

Media Studies

COMM-Icon-Media-Studies-insMedia Studies provides critical examination of the aesthetic, economic and social dimensions of media communication, including cinema, television, radio, print journalism, the Internet, and digital, interactive and social media technologies.

Public Communication

COMM-Icon-Media-Studies-insPublic Communication provides opportunities to explore the practice, analysis, and criticism of public discourse, a focus on the rhetorical roots of the discipline, and attention to public communication processes leading to responsible civic engagement.

Relational and Organizational Studies

COMM-Icon-RelOrg-inset-OrRelational and Organizational Studies provides opportunities to critically explore the complex ways communication creates, maintains, and changes the relationships that constitute our interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural lives.

The communication discipline looks at how theories, philosophies, and the roles people assume, operate in personal and public arenas. We study how people articulate their ideas, create and interpret meaning, interact, and produce and analyze messages both face to face and through the media. All programs emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and independent scholarship. Issues of specific concern are cultural perception, social ethics, creativity, and freedom of expression. Most classes are speaking and/or writing-intensive, and all focus on the interdependence of theory and practice.

Majors may choose to concentrate their study within one of the following areas of emphasis:

The Media Production Emphasis provides opportunities to create projects in a variety of forms, including film, audio, video, television, print journalism, multi-media, digital imaging, motion graphics, web design, DVD authoring and streaming video.

The Media Studies Emphasis provides opportunities for critical examination of the aesthetic, economic and social dimensions of media communication, including cinema, television, radio, print journalism, the Internet, and digital, interactive and social media technologies.

The Public Communication Emphasis offers opportunities to explore rhetorical theory, criticism, and public discourse with an aim to critically evaluate public communication and participate in responsible public engagement.

The Relational and Organizational Studies Emphasis offers opportunities to critically explore the complex ways communication creates, maintains, and changes the relationships that constitute our interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural lives.

Students may enrich their learning through participation in the campus newspaper (The Arbiter), KBSU Radio, student radio (University Pulse), University Television Productions, intercollegiate debate and speech competition, Public Relations Student Society of America, and internships. The work of many students participating in these activities has been recognized through regional and national awards. Students are encouraged to participate in internships and practica. A total of 9 credits of any combination of internships, independent study, practica, or communication activities may count toward departmental major requirements. A total of 3 credits of workshops may count toward departmental major requirements. Additional credits in any of these areas may count toward general education electives.

Communication, Bachelor of Arts

For a complete listing, please see Boise State online undergraduate catalog.