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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Brian Lamb School of Communication curriculum begins with a thorough introduction to the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations upon which all communication activity is based. Students begin in Pre-Communication, and after successfully completing three required Pre-Communication courses (COM 10200 , COM 20400 , COM 31800 ) with a 2.67 GPA or higher, may choose a concentration within the communication major.

Pre-Communication Courses

Pre-Com Required Courses

Other Departmental - Liberal Arts Core (28-52 credits)

The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.

Core I: Discipline Diversity (6-18 credits)

Choose 1 course in 6 different disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.

Note: Disciplines are differentiated by course prefix. Undistributed credit does not count to satisfy this requirement.

Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)

Culture, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity all play a role in how others perceive us and how we experience the world, and as such, are meaningful categories for analyzing social change and social problems past and present. The purpose of this category is to acquaint students with the pluralistic nature of the world and foster an appreciation and awareness of the diverse range of lived human experience. Courses in this list will expose students to important aspects of human diversity and foster understanding about different world views.

Choose 1 course from the Social Diversity Selective List .

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives (fulfills Humanities for core).

Foundational Requirements (18-27)credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes. Many of these can also be used to fulfill Core I, Core II, or Core III.

  • Humanities - all approved courses accepted (fulfill HUM for core)
  • Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted (fulfills BSS for core)
  • Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted (fulfills IL for core)
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted (fulfills SCI for core)
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted (fulfills SCI for core)
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted (fulfills STS for core)
  • Written Communication - all approved courses accepted (fulfills WC for core)
  • Oral Communication - fulfilled by COM 11400  in major (fulfills OC for core)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted (fulfills QR for core)


  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirements, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Fall 1st Year

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year


  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (CLA Core I: 4 of 6)
  • World Language 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Literacy (CLA Core I: 5 of 6) - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • Area F: Additional COM Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 (CLA Core III)
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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