The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Communication (BA)

FALL - Semester 1

COMM 170 or equivalent to fulfill Speech Essential Skill
OR
COMM 245 and/or COMM 250 if Essential Skill is fulfilled
ENG 190 (if available)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 2

COMM 245 and/or COMM 250 if not taken in fall semester
ENG 190 (if not already taken)/LSP coursework

FALL - Semester 3

COMM 245 and/or COMM 250 if not already taken
COMM 382 if COMM 245 & 250 already taken (may be taken with COMM 251, 252, or 263)
COMM 252 (for Communication Studies) if COMM 245 & 250 already taken
COMM 251 (for Journalism) if COMM 245 & 250 already taken
COMM 263 (for Public Communication) if COMM 245 & 250 already taken
LSP coursework
STAT 190 if not already taken

SPRING - Semester 4

COMM 382 if not already taken (may be taken with COMM 251, 252, or 263)
COMM 252 (for Communication Studies)
COMM 251 (for Journalism or Public Communication as prerequisite for COMM 353 or 454)
COMM 263 (for Public Communication)
COMM 370 or COMM 385 (for Communication Studies) if COMM 252 already taken
COMM 349 (for Journalism) if COMM 251 already taken
LSP coursework/STAT 190 if not already taken

FALL - Semester 5

COMM Methods (COMM 350/360/392)
COMM Emphasis and Major Electives coursework
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

COMM 382 if not already taken (may be taken with COMM 251, 252, or 263)
COMM 252 (for Communication Studies)
COMM 251 (for Journalism or Public Communication as prerequisite for COMM 353 or 454)
COMM 263 (for Public Communication)
COMM 370 or COMM 385 (for Communication Studies) if COMM 352 already taken
COMM 349 (for Journalism) if COMM 251 already taken
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 7

COMM Emphasis and Major electives coursework
COMM 498 Capstone (ONLY IF graduating in December)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

COMM 498 Capstone (graduating in May or August)
COMM Emphasis and Major Electives coursework
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

Nine hours of the electives taken to complete the 39 hours of major coursework must be at 300 level or above.

It is necessary to complete any prerequisites before enrolling in an elective course; in some cases, the required course may also be counted toward these major electives.

These electives may be take at any point during the course of study once prerequisites have been met. Typically it is best to take them in the 2nd through 4th year.

Internship hours may be counted toward these electives (a maximum of 12 hours may be earned in internship).

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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