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Academic Catalog

Communication (B.A.) 2022-2023 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication and Philosophy
  • Communication Studies Concentration
  • Public Relations Concentration

The B.A. degree in Communication at FGCU is designed to weave elements of critical theory with practical expertise grounded in the rhetorical arts of persuasion.  The faculty of the Communication Program imbed their courses with performance elements designed to encourage and foster better speech practices and confidence in expression.  

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (https://www.fgcu.edu/studentlife/servicelearning/).
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (https://www.fgcu.edu/academics/undergraduatestudies/generaleducation/)

    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: SPC 1608 Effective Speaking (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: SPCX608

  3. Required Courses in the Major (18 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
    SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
    SPC 3210 Theories of Human Communication (3)
    SPC 3230 History of Rhetorical Theory (3)
    SPC 3721 Interracial/Intercultural Comm (3)
    SPC 4941 Internship (3)

  4. Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Complete one of the following concentrations:

    Communication Studies Concentration
    Complete the following:
    COM 3343 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
    SPC 4932 Senior Seminar (3)

    Select 12 credits from the following:
    any course numbered 3000-4999 with the prefix COM or SPC that has not already been used to fulfill a requirement for this major.

    Public Relations Concentration
    Complete the following:
    PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations (3)
    PUR 3100 Public Relations Writing (3)
    PUR 3600 Public Relations Strategy (3)
    PUR 4500 Public Relations Research (3)
    PUR 4800 P/R Campaigns/Capstone (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following:
    COM 4930 Special Topics (3)
    SPC 4931 Special Topics (3)
    any course numbered 3000-4999 with the prefix PUR that has not already been used to fulfill a requirement for this major.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120