Jul 01, 2022
The Communication and Public Advocacy concentration is designed for those students desiring a well-developed background in the use, theory, construction, and analysis of public messages. The course of study provides training in individual public communication skills and provides a foundation for the analysis and evaluation of advocacy discourse.
Additional Admission Requirements
Students matriculated at UNC Charlotte and planning to change to or declare Communication Studies as their major must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0, met the foreign language requirement for the major, and received no grade less than C in COMM 1101 , COMM 2100 , and either STAT 1220 or STAT 1222 . Students may attempt COMM 2100 a maximum of two times.
Transfer students from other institutions must meet all general requirements for admission to the University. Acceptance into the Communication Studies major requires that they have met the foreign language requirement for the major, and received no grade less than a C in COMM 1101 or its equivalent, COMM 2100 or its equivalent, and either STAT 1220 or STAT 1222 .
Matriculated and transfer students who do not meet requirements for admission to the program because of special circumstances may petition the Department of Communication Studies for acceptance into the program.
Students who apply for the Communication Studies major are initially classified as Pre-Communication Studies majors until they meet the following requirements: cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above; successful completion of a foreign language course at the 2000-level or higher in a Latin alphabet language or American Sign Language or 1202 in a non-Latin alphabet language; and successful (grade C or above) completion of COMM 1101 , COMM 2100 , and either STAT 1220 or STAT 1222 . Students matriculated at UNC Charlotte and planning to change or declare Pre-Communication Studies as their major must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies requires 120 credit hours.
In addition to the requirements for the Communication Studies major, students must also complete coursework in a specific concentration of study. Courses that are required within a particular concentration or used as electives within the concentration cannot simultaneously be used to fulfill Major Course requirements. The concentrations are designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue more extensive study in the communication context most relevant to their professional and social goals.
Foreign Language Course (3-4 credit hours)
Communication Studies majors must complete either a 2000-level course in a foreign language course that uses the Latin Alphabet (e.g., French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) OR a 1202-level foreign language course in a language that is not written in the Latin Alphabet (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Russian). Intermediate American Sign Language is accepted. Non-native English speakers may complete the foreign language requirement by passing UWRT 1103 , UWRT 1104 , or the equivalent.
Major Courses (24 credit hours)
The Major Courses are designed to provide a thorough understanding of fundamental communication processes and are structured into four categories:
General Theory/Skills Courses (12 credit hours)
Research Methodology Courses (6 credit hours)
Macro-Context Courses (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Micro-Context Courses (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)
Required Concentration Courses (6 credit hours)
Elective Concentration Courses (6 credit hours)
Select from the following:
*Requires approval of advisor.
**May be repeated but no more than 3 credit hours will apply to meeting this elective requirement.
***May not be used to satisfy both the required concentration course and the elective concentration course.
Related Courses (18 credit hours)
Students in the Communication and Public Advocacy concentrations must complete 18 credit hours of related coursework, excluding any courses applied toward the Major Course requirements or Concentration requirements. All related coursework must be approved by the student’s advisor. An approved second major or a minor may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
For details about the Honors Program in Communication Studies, visit the program page .
For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu. Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.