Communications Major Requirements

Declaration in or before Summer 2011

Ron Carr, Major Coordinator (

The Communications Major is designed in the liberal arts tradition to provide students in the Klein College of Media and Communication (previously known as School of Media and Communications ) a broad exposure to all communications disciplines, as well as allowing for an in-depth focus in more than one area of study. The major is offered at the Main Campus and also can be completed at the Tokyo campus, but some elective advanced courses in special areas of interest are offered only at the Main Campus. Students are encouraged to propose individual programs using the comprehensive list of Klein College of Media and Comuunication course offerings that are compatible with the interdisciplinary objective of the major.

Positions in the communications industries are growing, and most Klein College of Media and Comuunication graduates seek employment there. The Communications Major also develops a broad range of professional and mass media skills - practical writing, oral skills, media production, and computer use. These are valuable to many careers in business, public service, and education, and many employers are looking for informed employees who understand the communication processes. Communications Majors can develop a suitable set of marketable skills for a broad range of such careers.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of all University requirements (University Core or GenEd) and School requirements, with a minimum of 124 semester hours. The major requires completion of 14 courses with 43 s.h. minimum in the major. There is a maximum of 71 s.h. allowed in SCAT. Students must earn a "C-" or better in all courses required for the major and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major.

Communications Major

Required Courses Credits  
I. Foundation Requirement
1. BTMM 1011 (0011) 4  
2. BTMM 1655 (0055) 3  
3. FMA 1172 (0155) 3  
4. JOUR 1111 (C055) 3  
5. JOUR 1196 (1112 / 0150) * 3  
6. Theater 1002 (C110) 3  
7. STOC 1111 (0065) 3  
II. SCAT Distribution
1. 3-4  
2. 3-4  
3. 3-4  
III. SCAT 2000+ Courses Requirement
(II SCAT Distribution courses can overlap with III SCAT 2000+ Courses, IF numbered 2000 or higher)
1. 3-4  
2. 3-4  
3. 3-4  
4. 3-4  
IV. SCAT 3000+ Courses Requirement
(II SCAT Distribution courses can overlap with IV SCAT 3000+ Courses, IF numbered 3000 or higher)
1. 3-4  
2. SCAT 3000+ WI 3-4  
V. Communications Major Internship
Only a maximum 4 credits from Internship will count towards degree.
VI. Comm & Th 4111 (0396)
VII. Non-SCAT 2000+ Requirement (12 sh)
1. 3-4  
2. 3-4  
3. 3-4  
4. 3-4  

Internships, Independent Studies, and Senior Seminar are excluded from III and IV.

Student must earn a C- or better in all courses required for the University Core and Major, and minimum 2.0 GPA.

* This course will count as WI only if numbered as 1196.

**Credits / Matriculation:
Matriculation. In/After Fall 2008: 124 credits / JOUR 1196
Matriculation + Major Declaration prior to Fall 2008: 126 credits/ JOUR 1112 (or 1196)
Matriculation Prior to Fall 08/ Major Declaration In/After Fall 08: 126 credits / JOUR 1196

  • No more than 8 s.h. in Kinesiology (physical education activity) or dance courses may be credited toward the degree.
  • Students may participate in study abroad programs.
  • Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of major courses at Temple.
  • No more than 21 s.h. may be taken in any one department outside of SCAT and counted toward the major. Students whose credits in non-SCAT department exceed 21-credit maximum due to double- major or minors must obtain an approval from the Communications major chair. Contact the Academic Advising Center for the detailed procedure. (Students who declared the Communications major effective Fall 2010 or after may go beyond the 21-credit maximum in non-SCAT department credits without obeying this policy.)
  • A maximum of 27 s.h. in any one SCAT department may be counted toward the degree.
  • A maximum of 4 s.h. of Internship credit may be counted toward the degree.
  • A maximum of 8 s.h. combined of Independent Study and or Special Projects may be counted toward the degree.

Communications majors may minor in established SCT minors subject to the policies of the individual department. The Communications student who declares a minor must complete the entire program requirements for both the major and the minor, with only the Communications Major introductory required courses listed above fulfilling both the major and minor requirements. Courses in a minor department above the minimum minor requirement may be used to fulfill Communications Major degree requirements.