Communication Arts, BA

Steps to becoming a Communication Arts major

Step 1

Schedule a meeting with the Chair of Communication Arts, Dr. Clarke Rountree, to ensure that Communication Arts is what you're looking for and will be able to meet your needs.

Step 2

Choose a minor. All Communication Arts majors are required to have a minor degree.

Step 3

Complete a POS (Plan of Study) in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences advising office in Morton Hall. Ideally your major and minor should be declared at beginning of the sophomore year. General Education Requirements (GER) are different in each college, so be sure that you are aware of what your requirements are as an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences major.

Step 4

Arrange a meeting with one of the Communication Arts Professors to work with you as an advisor. You should pay very close attention to what the requirements are as well as which semester courses are offered so as to not elongate your college career.

Choosing a Communication Arts track for your major

Rhetorical Track

The Rhetoric Track is a general liberal arts program focused on effective communication. It includes courses to enhance oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and project management skills.

Technical Communication Track

This program, offered in conjunction with the English Department's Technical Writing Program, is a professional technical writing program for students who want to become technical writers or editors. It includes courses to enhance technical writing, technical editing, and project management skills.

Theatre, BA

UAH now offers a BA in Theatre through the Department of Communication Arts. This 39-hour major offers emphases in Tech Theatre, Acting, and Dramaturgy. The core curriculum of the theatre program is designed to give majors a broad exposure to producing and performing live theatre. For more information, call  256.824.6871 or ask your advisor how you can major, double major, or minor in theatre.

For a full list of courses for the Communication Arts major, visit the UAH Catalog.

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Communication Arts Minor

Students in major courses of study that might be complemented by rhetorical or technical communication studies are invited to consult the chair of communication arts about adding a minor. Among those whose studies might be complemented by a minor in communication arts are: students seeking to enhance their career opportunities through an understanding of practical discourse; English majors interested in rhetorical perspectives on literature; psychology and sociology majors who believe communication will be central to their work; engineering and science students who need to know how to present their ideas effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences (especially if they enter management positions); political science students interested in understanding the communication processes central to political life; administrative science majors planning to enter a field in which effective communication skills are highly valued; and pre-law majors.

A minor in communication arts consists of 21 semester hours of coursework taken within the department, at least 12 semester hours of which must be taken at or above the 300 level. At least half of the upper-level requirements must be taken at UAH.

Theatre Minor

Communication Arts and other majors may choose to minor in theatre. This program combines courses from theatre with electives in literature, music, art, cinema, philosophy, and nonverbal communication.

For a full list of courses for the Communication Arts minors, visit the UAH Catalog.

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