SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION - UNDERGRADUATE
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INTRODUCTION

The School of Communication houses four departments that offer courses in nine
majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in Communication degree. The departments are: Cinema and Interactive Media (Motion Pictures), Communication Studies (Communication Studies), Journalism and Media Management (Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media, Journalism, Media Management, Visual Journalism), and Strategic Communication (Advertising, Public Relations). In addition, the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the School.

Students engage with a diverse faculty of communication scholars, artists and professionals in a variety of hands-on learning experiences embracing research, writing, production, creative problem-solving and multimedia storytelling. On-campus television and radio facilities, motion picture studios and multimedia labs are available for academic and extra-curricular student projects. Students utilize contemporary digital imaging technology and learn skills that cut across a variety of media platforms. Digital editing, recording and mixing facilities are available. New media technology is incorporated throughout the curriculum and the School has several computer labs and digitally “smart” classrooms.

Two video-conference centers with broadcast-quality interactive capability for remote interviews and programming support the School’s mission. The School also houses three TV studios, including a fiber-optic linked studio allowing real-time, broadcast-quality transmissions to sites around the world. Under Communication faculty supervision, student-produced programming is distributed through the University’s cable facility and carried throughout the community by the local cable operator and is available through online streaming. The School operates several online sites that afford students outlets for multimedia and cross-platform writing, research, reporting and creative work.

The University’s FM radio station, and student online and print newspapers and magazines, offer additional opportunities for career development. The School also operates PRADUM, a student-run advertising and public relations agency. The Bill Cosford Cinema, a 250-seat theatre, supports the motion picture program and offers film programming for the Miami community. The School’s Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies is dedicated to research into the history and aesthetics of motion pictures and their social and cultural impact.

The School’s Knight Center for International Media supports innovative research and development dedicated to a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary communication study. The Center has produced a variety of special projects including documentary motion pictures, specialized research and global issue-oriented faculty/student initiatives. Two endowed Knight Chairs bring additional expertise and international perspective to the School’s research and learning experience.

The School supports student chapters of the American Advertising Association, the Public Relations Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Broadcasting Society, the University Film and Video Association and other professional organizations. In addition, the School sponsors a nationally competitive intercollegiate debate team, which annually produces several members of the All American Debate Team.

Internships in professional settings are available to Communication students at the junior and senior levels. Professionals at daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, news bureaus, cable systems, radio and television stations and networks, production houses and motion picture studios cooperate in the faculty-supervised internships. Executives of city and county governments, advertising agencies, public relations firms and other business and nonprofit organizations join in providing internship opportunities. Summer and semester-length study abroad opportunities are available.

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MISSION

The School of Communication is dedicated to a global educational perspective and is committed to providing a socially responsible and ethically grounded learning environment guided by a diverse faculty of scholars, artists and professionals. The School is committed to quality undergraduate and graduate programs in communication that emphasize the relationship between theory and practice. We believe in freedom of expression and creativity, and encourage both collaboration and independent thinking as we prepare future scholars, professionals and leaders for a lifetime of service and learning.

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ACCREDITATION

The University of Miami is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097.

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ACADEMIC POLICIES

Admission to Major

A student entering the School of Communication as a freshman or as a transfer will enroll in Communication pre-major status. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Communication who have achieved sophomore standing and have satisfactorily completed the entrance requirements of one of the Communication majors (see Program Statements) will be admitted to major status in their chosen program at the School.

Internal Transfer into the School of Communication

A student enrolled at the University of Miami in a School or College other than the School of Communication may apply for admission into the School. Applications are accepted every fall and spring semester. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 is necessary for consideration. Applications are available in the Admissions, Academic & Alumni Services Office of the School of Communication (2037 Wolfson Building) and must be submitted prior to the end of classes in either the fall or spring semester. Admission decisions will be made promptly after semester grades are final. Students will be notified in writing of the School’s decision.

Transfer Students

A transfer student must complete in residence a minimum of 15 credits toward a Communication major or a minimum of 9 credits toward a Communication minor. Courses taken elsewhere in Communication or related disciplines are not automatically accepted toward a major or minor at the University of Miami. Students who have obtained the written approval of the Chair of a Communication major to use transfer credit to satisfy one or more requirements of that major may be required to complete additional courses in residence at the University before being admitted to that major. Students should consult a School of Communication advisor to determine whether the transfer of Communication courses will increase beyond 120 the total number of credits required for a degree. In general, transfer credit will not be accepted to satisfy requirements for any course in any major or minor at the 300-level or above. Student petitions to transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.

Transfer credit may not be used to satisfy requirements for any major in Communication without the written approval of the Chair of the programs concerned.

Academic Progress & Probation/Dismissal

Students must maintain a quality point average (QPA) of 2.5 or higher in courses taken in residence and submitted for their School of Communication major. Following the first semester in which any student’s QPA in the major falls below a 2.5, the School may issue a warning to that student that his or her work does not meet School expectations. Should that student’s QPA in the major be below a 2.5 in any subsequent semester, he or she may be placed on Academic Probation. The School may dismiss from the University any student who is on probation a total of two semesters (not necessarily consecutive.) A student who has completed 45 University credits while enrolled in the School but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors may be dismissed from the School. A student who has completed 60 University credits while enrolled in the School but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors will be dismissed from the School. A student who has been dismissed from the School may apply for admission to one of the other Schools or Colleges within the University but will not be readmitted to the School of Communication. Those who wish to appeal their probation or dismissal must do so in writing to the Dean within 30 days of the notice of probation or dismissal. See also GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING, WARNING, PROBATION, AND DISMISSAL, in this Bulletin.

Internship Credit

All programs allow students to complete multiple internships. However, students will be permitted no more than three credits in School of Communication internship(s) toward their majors or toward their 120-credit University degree.

Credit Hours and Advanced Placement Credit

Credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, IB, CLEP Examinations, and Advanced Placement by Proficiency Examinations. These credits may be applied to the appropriate
General Education Required Areas of Study or as electives except: (1) where prohibited by a specific program area; or (2) if the course is remedial (e.g., ENG 103, MTH 099). To earn credit, each student must pay a recording fee and have exempted course credits entered on his or her University transcript. An exemption may be granted for ENG 105 by the Department of English, but this exemption will not earn credit toward the 120 University credits required for graduation.

Quality Point Average

A candidate for the B.S. in Communication must complete the credit hours and achieve the quality point average specified for students in the University at large as stated in the section titled ACADEMIC PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION, subject to additional requirements specified in School and Program sections of this Bulletin.

General Education Required Areas of Study

In applying these requirements to his or her course of study, each student must carefully read School of Communication program and major requirements that follow. In many cases, these requirements will be more restrictive and more specific in describing how each of these General Education Required Areas of Study is to be satisfied.

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DEGREE PROGRAMS

The School of Communication offers courses in nine Programs of Study leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Communication. The programs are Advertising, Public Relations, Communication Studies, Electronic Media, Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Visual Journalism, Media Management, and Motion Pictures.

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MINORS

The School of Communication offers minors in its nine Programs of Study and a general minor in Communication (COM). School of Communication students may complete a minor in a specific program of study but are not eligible for the general minor in Communication.

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CONCENTRATIONS


Most degree programs offer concentrations or tracks of study in specialty areas. See the individual program sections for details on these concentrations.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

BACHELOR of SCIENCE DEGREE in COMMUNICATION

Required University General Education Requirements

A. AREAS OF PROFICIENCY
Proficiency requirements are intended to ensure that students either already possess, or will develop at the University, the ability to express themselves effectively, to use mathematics with facility, and to reason cogently. Superior scores on the SAT or ACT examinations may waive students from ENG 105 (requirement 1) and superior placement test scores administered by the Department of Mathematics may waive students from MTH 101 (requirement 2), but not from requirement 3, Writing Across the Curriculum.

1. English Composition 3-6 credits
Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing English 105 and English 106 or its equivalent. Appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International
Baccalaureate (IB) scores in English composition may be used to satisfy the English 105/106 requirement. An appropriate score on the SAT or ACT verbal examination may earn a student exemption from, but not credit in, ENG 105.

Appropriate scores on other tests determined by the Department of English may earn a student exemption from, but not credit in, English 105.

Courses satisfying the English Composition requirement may not be used to fulfill the
Writing Across the Curriculum Required Area of Study.

2. Mathematics 3 credits
Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing a course in mathematics numbered above MTH 101 (excluding MTH 107), or MAS 110, or an approved course in statistics. Exemption from the mathematics requirement or placement in prerequisite courses is based on any of the following tests: AP, IB, or an examination administered by the Department of Mathematics during orientation.

3. Writing Across the Curriculum (W) 5 courses
Courses satisfying this requirement are those designated as involving a substantial amount of writing and the preparation of papers that are corrected for diction, syntax, style, and content. Some courses satisfying this Writing Across the
Curriculum requirement will simultaneously fulfill a requirement under B. Areas of Knowledge (below).

B. Areas of Knowledge
These requirements are designed to help students understand and appreciate the intellectual achievements in major areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor. In satisfying these requirements students will explore the natural world, examine human development and behavior, and appreciate creative expression in the arts, literature, and philosophy.

No more than six credit hours may be taken in any one department to satisfy the areas of knowledge requirement. (Note: ART and ARH are considered the same department.) Most courses above the 100-level require prerequisites.

Natural World (6 credits) Courses in the following areas: Biology; Chemistry;
Ecosystems Science and Policy; Geological Sciences; Marine Science; Physics; Physical Science; and the following courses: Anthropology 203; Geography 120; Kinesiology 155; Freshman Seminars in the Natural Sciences 190-199.

People and Society (6 credits) Courses in the following areas: Africana Studies; American Studies (AMS); Anthropology (except APY 203); Economics; Educational Psychology; Geography (except GEG 120); History; International Studies; Judaic Studies (JUS); Political Sciences; Psychology; Sociology; Teaching and Learning; Urban Studies; Women and Gender Studies; and the following courses: COM 101; COM 110; COS 112; COS 336; COS 472; Freshman Seminars in the Social Sciences.

Arts and Humanities (12 credits) Courses in the following areas: Architecture; Music; Art and Art History; Theatre Arts; English (200-level or above except ENG 208); Foreign Languages and Literatures (300-level or above); Philosophy; Religious Studies; and the following courses: COS 211; CMP 103; DAN (except 101 through 104); Freshman Seminars in the Arts and Humanities FFA 190-199. Students may use foreign language courses numbered at the 100 or 200 level to satisfy part of the arts and humanities requirement, if the language differs from the student’s native language and if, when beginning with a 101-level course, they also take the 102-level course in the same language.

Major/Minor Requirements

In addition to completing a major in the School of Communication, students must also complete a minor (or a second major) in either a second Program of Study within the School or in an academic program outside of the School. Students completing majors and/or minors in the School must complete all School of Communication courses with grades of C or higher (a grade of C- or lower is not acceptable.) Students may not enroll in a School of Communication course without grades of C or higher in prerequisite courses. Students completing a minor or second major outside the School of Communication should consult this Bulletin for minimum grade requirements.

The Major in the School of Communication 36 to 45 credits

Majors in the School of Communication leading to a Bachelor of Science in Communication require between 36 and 45 credits in School of Communication courses specified in Program Statements (below). Courses within each major must be completed with a grade of C or higher (a grade of C- or lower is not acceptable.) In addition, students must maintain a quality point average of 2.5 or higher in courses taken in residence and submitted for their School of Communication majors.
 
The Minor 12 to 20 credits

Each Communication student, in addition to completing requirements for a Communication major (below), must complete a minor field in either a second Program of Study within the School or in an academic program outside the School. Each course submitted for a minor offered in the School of Communication must be completed with a grade of C or higher (a grade of C- or lower is not acceptable). To find the requirements for a given minor, students should consult this Bulletin and confer with the appropriate department representative. School of Communication advisors will aid students in identifying appropriate minors. The candidate for a Communication degree may choose from among any of the disciplines offering minors at the University for which they may qualify. The choice of a minor should be made no later than the beginning of the junior year and must be approved by the discipline concerned. Each Communication student will be required by the time he or she has earned 60 credits to submit to his or her Communication advisor a statement of courses and other requirements for the chosen minor. This statement must be signed by the Department Chair or the Chair’s designated representative of the selected minor area.

The Second Major Option

Students may choose to complete a second major, either within the School or in an academic program outside the School, in place of the minor requirement. Some second majors are impractical within the minimum 120 credit degree program. Students should consult with a Communication advisor before selecting a second major. The choice of a second major should be made no later than the beginning of the junior year and must be approved by the discipline concerned. Each Communication student will be required, by the time he or she has earned 60 credits, to submit to his or her Communication advisor a statement of courses and other requirements for a second major. This statement must be signed by the Chair or by the Chair’s designated representative of the selected second major.

Double Counting

Unless Communication Program Statements otherwise restrict, a maximum of six credits from the major, the minor, or the second major may double count toward the General Education Required Areas of Study in the School of Communication (above); see Program Statements. A course listed under the Additional Requirements of a student’s major may also be used to satisfy a School General Education Required Areas of Study requirement.

Students completing a major and a minor in the School of Communication, or two majors within the School of Communication, may count only COM 101 and COM 250 toward both Programs of Study. No other course duplication is allowed. Students should consult with the Department Chair of the minor or second major for acceptable course substitutions where appropriate.

Additional Program Requirements

Most programs in the School require a student to complete specified courses in addition to the 12 to 15 courses that comprise the majors to obtain the School’s Bachelor of Science degree. These courses may, in some cases, fulfill requirements in the School’s General Education Required Areas of Study, or in a minor or second major outside the School, or may be general electives in the University.

The General Communication Minor

In addition to the School of Communication minors offered by individual Programs of Study, the School offers a General Communication minor for students in Schools or Colleges outside the School of Communication. Students majoring in the School of Communication may not use the General Communication Minor to complete their minor requirement.

• A student seeking a minor in the general area of Communication must complete 15 credits at least six of which must be at the 300-level or above.
• Courses taken for this minor must be approved in advance through the School’s office of Admissions, Academic & Alumni Services.
• Other minors are offered in Advertising; Public Relations; Communication Studies; Electronic Media; Broadcast Journalism; Journalism; Visual Journalism; Media Management; and Motion Pictures; see Program Statements.
• Each course submitted for a Communication minor must be completed with a grade of C or higher (a grade of C- or lower is not acceptable.)

Upper Division Credits Minimum of 36 credits
In earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication, each School of Communication student must complete a minimum of 36 credits of course work at the 300-level or above. Upper division courses taken in General Education Required Areas of Study, in the School of Communication major, in the second major or minor, and as general electives will count toward this 36-credit minimum requirement. Upper division transfer credits also apply if completed at a four-year institution and if approved by the Department Chair.

Electives

Only Free Elective courses may be taken under the University’s Credit Only option (see CREDIT ONLY OPTION in this Bulletin). Free Electives are defined as courses not taken to fulfill the requirements of the major within the School of Communication, of the second major or minor, or of the School’s General Education Required Areas of Study. Free Electives are courses taken not to meet any of the above requirements or their prerequisites, but taken solely to meet the requirement of a minimum total of 120 credits for the degree.

General Electives Sufficient to fulfill a minimum of 120 credits

A sufficient number of University electives must be completed to fulfill a minimum total of 120 credits. Electives may be chosen from any courses offered by the University except certain unapproved courses such as Dance 101, 102, 103, 104, and activity courses offered by the School of Education. Students should consult a School of Communication advisor before selecting elective courses. Because specific courses are required in some School of Communication majors, students are advised to read Program Statements carefully and seek the advice of a School of Communication advisor prior to taking general University electives.

Schedules

Fifteen or sixteen credits constitute a normal semester schedule in the School of Communication. Students who wish to register for more than sixteen credits must obtain prior approval from the Academic Services Office. Students who are on academic probation will be limited to a maximum of thirteen credits.

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HONORS

School of Communication students may graduate with School Honors in Communication noted upon their diplomas and transcripts. Students should contact the School’s Office of Admissions, Academic & Alumni Services (2037 Wolfson Building) for details about the School of Communication Honors Program.

Students may receive recognition as graduates cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude if they meet the requirements set forth under GRADUATION HONORS in this Bulletin.

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