Communication (B.A.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication and Philosophy
(239) 590-7196

2017-2018 Catalog Year

  • Communication Studies Concentration
  • Public Relations Concentration

Program Progression And Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: SPC 1608 Effective Speaking (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: SPCX608

  3. Required Courses in the Major (18 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
    SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
    SPC 3210 Theories of Human Communication (3)
    SPC 3230 History of Rhetorical Theory (3)
    SPC 3721 Interracial/Intercultural Comm (3)
    SPC 4941 Internship (3)

  4. Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Complete one of the following concentrations:

    Communication Studies Concentration
    Complete the following:
    COM 3343 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
    SPC 4932 Senior Seminar (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following Advanced Performance courses:
    COM 3462 Communication and Conflict (3)
    SPC 3360 Interviewing (3)
    SPC 3408 Stand-Up Comedy (3)
    SPC 3425 Group Communication (3)
    SPC 3513 Argumentation and Debate (3)
    SPC 3602 Advanced Public Speaking (3)
    SPC 4931 Special Topics (3)

    Select 6 credits from the following Advanced Theory courses:
    COM 3014 Communication and Gender (3)
    COM 3060 Comm and Environmental Justice (3)
    COM 3120 Org Communication Behavior (3)
    COM 3407 Theories of Comedy (3)
    COM 3465 Com & Negot: Power & Tactics (3)
    COM 3540 Persuasion and Propaganda (3)
    COM 4311 Research Methods (3)
    COM 4930 Special Topics (3)
    SPC 3301 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    SPC 3331 Nonverbal Communication (3)
    SPC 3350 Listening Theory (3)
    SPC 3370 Intrapersonal Communication (3)
    SPC 3722 Critical Race Theory in Comm (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following Advanced Philosophy or Communication courses:
    EVR 3020 Environmental Philosophies (3)
    REL 3413 Seven Deadly Sins (3)
    Or any course numbered 3000-4999 with the prefix COM, PHH, PHI PHM, PHP, REL, or SPC that has not already been used to fulfill a requirement for this major.

    Public Relations Concentration
    Complete the following:
    PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations (3)
    PUR 3100 Public Relations Writing (3)
    PUR 3600 Public Relations Strategy (3)
    PUR 4500 Public Relations Research (3)
    PUR 4800 P/R Campaigns/Capstone (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following:
    PUR 3104 Advanced PR Writing (3)
    PUR 4420 Nonprofit Public Relations (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 1/22/2018.