Mar 31, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication BA Major

Program Faculty

Jon Gordon, Distinguished Lecturer in Communication (

Jennifer Huck, Chair of Communication and Sociology (

Rebecca Imes, Associate Professor of Communication (

Barbara King, Associate Professor of Communication (

The Communication program offers a major in communication, as well as minors in liberal arts communication and secondary education speech communication. The goal of the program is to develop graduates who possess communication competence, in both theory and practice.

The communication major prepares students for careers in journalism, public relations, advertising, teaching, management, human resources and for advanced education in graduate school. The curriculum follows a sequence for student development. As freshmen, students learn the principles of, and have experiences in, various contexts of communication. They also become familiar with the methods of communication research (100-level courses). As sophomores, students become acquainted with specialized subject matters and hone skills in research, writing and critical thinking (200-level courses). As juniors, students engage in deeper exploration of theoretical and ethical perspectives (300-level courses). As seniors, students participate in advanced research and work-oriented experiences.

Learning Outcomes for Communication

Upon successful completion of major requirements, students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the theories and principles of human communication that will facilitate their professional and personal effectiveness.
  2. Skill in responsible and sensitive communication with diverse others.
  3. The ability to conduct systematic inquiry skillfully.
  4. The ability to develop and convey oral and written messages effectively.

Communication Major B.A. (40 Credit Hours)

Core courses plus four additional 4-credit 100- or 200-level courses in Communication

Two of the Following 300-Level Courses in Communication

Completion of a Modern Language Through 202

For primary majors, this Modern Language requirement is in addition to the minimal Bachelor of Arts language requirement.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:

  • Students must take 8 credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English, this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all 8 credits are completed in the same language.
  • **International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.
  • 4 Hour(s) or higher
  • 4 Hour(s)
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived.


Each Major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each Major.