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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Strategic Communications, BA

A professionally oriented major that converges public relations with reputation management and brand communications. Special emphasis is placed on preparing students to lead projects for social change in their communities. The major is complemented by the Center for Strategic Communications, which oversees a student-run consultancy committed to helping values-driven organizations. Members of the student agency engage and service real world clients to achieve specific communication goals. Graduates from this major go on to careers in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.


In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in strategic communications, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the following:

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages and Cultures Department for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

III. Major Requirements

65 credits in communication courses, including:

Area III: Electives

Choose communication electives (with advisor approval): (10)

Recommended electives include any optional courses in Strategic Communications not selected above or:


  1. Courses marked with asterisk (*) must be graded C (2.00) or better to count toward the major or to count as prerequisites for appropriate advanced courses.
  2. No more than one 2000-level course may count towards the Area III major elective requirement.