College of Communication Degrees

The College of Communication offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in the Schieffer School of Journalism, the Department of Radio-TV-Film or the Department of Communication Studies.

Students pursuing a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced (30000 level or above) from TCU, with a major and a minor selected from the approved list of majors and minors. The specific number of hours required for the major and minor may be found in the appropriate section of this catalog. In addition, students must complete the TCU Core Curriculum.

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to the completion of one of the following:

  • Fourth Semester College French (FREN 20063)
  • Fourth Semester College German (GERM 20063)
  • Fourth Semester College Greek (GREE 20063)(Hellenistic)
  • Fourth Semester College Italian (ITAL 20063)
  • Fourth Semester College Japanese (JAPN 20063)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 20203)

This requirement may be satisfied by either satisfactory completion of coursework taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized standardized tests (i.e., AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized tests may be found in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of Admission. For languages not currently taught at TCU, six semester hours at the sophomore-level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution, may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.

Multiple Majors

The following applies to all students majoring in the College of Communication with the exception of The Schieffer School of Journalism. Students who wish to pursue an additional major in the college must satisfy all degree requirements of the additional major, including courses specified in the core curriculum as particular to that degree and major.

Students who wish to pursue an additional degree in another college, if additional majors are permitted in that college, must complete all degree requirements for each major, including courses specified in the core curriculum as particular to each degree and major.

Students outside the College of Communication whose home college permits an additional major in the College of Communication must complete all degree requirements for the additional major, including courses specified in the core curriculum for that particular degree and major.

Majors in the Schieffer School of Journalism must consult with the department as to acceptable additional majors administered in or outside of the College of Communication.

Transfer Credit

Students wishing to take courses at another institution, following their admission to Texas Christian University, must secure approval through the Office of the Dean of the College of Communication before enrolling in them. The College of Communication adheres to the University policy regarding transfer credit.

Pass/No-Credit Policy

Students may take up to two courses (eight hours maximum) on a Pass/No-Credit basis. (P/NC) No course applied to the student's major, minor or associated requirements may be taken on the P/NC basis. Courses offered only with the P/NC grade will not be counted toward this limit on the number of P/NC hours. Prior work will count.

Requirements for Graduation

Students should request a degree plan from the Office of the Dean when the student has completed 54 hours. The Intent to Graduate form, available from the Office of the Dean, should be filed when 88 hours of course credit have been completed.

Approval of the department chair is required in contract form for all non-traditional courses (i.e., special problems, independent study, research problems, etc.). Per University policy, students wishing to pursue independent study must receive all necessary approvals at least one semester in advance of the semester in which the independent study will occur.

Beyond the studies specified for each major, the bachelor's degree is built on the TCU Core Curriculum that applies to all University graduates.





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