UAH

CM Major

How do you go about becoming a Communication Arts Major at UAHuntsville?

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. You may email him at clarke.rountree@uah.edu to set up a meeting.

Step 2. Choose a minor. All Communication Arts Majors are required to have a minor degree. Many of our majors choose to minor in Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Leadership and Management,  Philosophy and English, but you may choose to minor in whatever you wish. 

Step 3: Complete a POS (Plan of Study) in the  College of Liberal Arts Advising office on the second floor of Morton Hall. Ideally your major and minor should be declared at beginning of the sophomore year. General Education Requirements (GER's) are different in each College, so be sure that you are aware of what your requirements are as a Liberal Arts 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.

Major Requirements

A major in communication arts consists of either 33 or 40 hours of coursework within the department, at least 18 or 21 hours of which (respectively) must be at or above the 300 level. Transfer students must take at least 12 hours of upper-level coursework in the major at UAH. All majors are required to take the following three core courses:

CM 113 Introduction to Rhetorical Communication - Offiered Fall, Spring & Summer
CM 231 Foundations of Human Communication
- Offered Fall, Spring & Summer
CM 370 Communication Methods - Offered Fall Only

Additionally, majors must elect one of the following tracks and take the required core of communications.

Rhetoric Track (33 Hours Total)

CM 309 History of Rhetoric - Offered Fall Only OR CM 331 Communication Theory - Offered Spring Only
CM 375 Rhetorical Criticism - Offered Spring Only
CM 431 Senior Seminar - Offered Fall and Spring

15 hours of electives from CM or approved courses in allied disciplines Must have a total number of 18 hours of CM courses at 300 level or above.

Technical Communications Track (40 Hours Total)

CM 301 Technical Writing - Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer
CM 302 Technical Editing - Offered Spring - Offered Spring Only
CM 309 History of Rhetoric - Offered Fall Only
CM 320 Practicum in Writing - Offered Spring Only OR CM 400 Communication Arts Internship - Offered Fall, Spring and Summer
CM 370 Communication Methods - Offered Fall Only
CM 402 Theory and Practice in Technical Communications - Offered Fall Only

15 hours of electives from CM or approved courses in allied disciplines which must include 6-9 hours of technical courses (such as from MIS). Must have a total number of 21 hours of CM courses at 300 level or above.