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Communication Studies, Communication and Public Advocacy Concentration, B.A.

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.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Students planning to change to or declare Communication Studies as their major must have received a minimum grade of C in the following:
  • Other: Students who do not meet requirements for admission because of special circumstances may petition the Department of Communication Studies for acceptance into the program.
  • Declaration of Major:  Students are initially classified as Pre-Communication Studies (PCOM) majors until they meet the above requirements.  Change of Major forms are accepted year-round after the student has attended a Communication Studies orientation/advising session. 
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Pre-Communication Studies

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 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.

Degree Requirements

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.

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (3-4 credit hours)

Students with a Major in Communication Studies must complete either a 2000-level course in a foreign language that uses the Latin alphabet or a 1202-level course in a language that is not written in the Latin alphabet.  Intermediate American Sign Language is also accepted.  Non-native speakers of English may complete the foreign language requirement by passing WRDS 1103 , WRDS 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:

Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)


*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.  Students may choose from the courses below or, with the permission of their advisor they may choose other courses to satisfy the requirement.  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.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Communication Studies, visit the program page .