Students wishing to major in communication arts should make that declaration at or before the beginning of the sophomore year. Students need to work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a program of study. A major in communication arts consists of 33 semester hours of coursework in the major, at least 21 semester hours of which must be at or above the 300-level. Transfer students must take at least 12 semester hours of upper-level coursework in the major at UAH.

  •  Communication Arts, BA  requires 120 credit hours.
  • 36 of 120 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher.
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA in major, minor, and overall.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of HPE may count in degree requirements.
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • No more than 60 credit hours from a two-year school can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Freshman Composition6
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
Humanities and Fine Arts12
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: Choose one 3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts: Choose two6
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Any WLC 100 or 200 level
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one3
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
CALCULUS WITH APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose two8
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below
History: Choose one sequence6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
and WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
and UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
Pre-Professional19
Any WLC course at the 100 or 200 level.
Additional CM Course
Choose 13 credit hours from the above listed Fine Arts, Humanities, History, Mathematics, Science, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Only up to 9 hours of Mathematics and Science will be allowed.
Required Core33
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICA
COMMUNICATION THEORY
COMM RESEARCH METHODS
RHETORICAL CRITICISM
SR SEM COMM THEORY/RESEARCH
Choose three CM 300+
Choose two CM Electives at any level
Minor Courses18
Elective Courses
Elective hours vary by program, see advisor.
Total Semester Hours120
 
 
Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
WLC 101  3
Social and Behavioral Science  3
Math 1XX  3
 Term Semester Hours: 13
Spring
EH 102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Fine Arts  3
Social/Behavioral Science  3
Science w/Lab  4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
CM 231FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICA 3
HY 103WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 3
Area V GER Course  3
Humanities or Literature  3
Minor Course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
CM Elective  3
HY 104WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 3
EH 207READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I 3
  or EH 208  or READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2 
Science w/Lab  4
Minor Course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
CM 331COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
CM Elective  3
Minor Course  3
Area V GER Course  3
Area V GER Course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
CM 375RHETORICAL CRITICISM 3
CM 300+  3
Minor Course  3
Area V GER Course  3
Area V GER Course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
CM 370COMM RESEARCH METHODS 3
CM 300+  3
Minor Course  6
Elective  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
CM 431SR SEM COMM THEORY/RESEARCH 3
CM 300+  3
Minor Course  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
 Total Semester Hours: 120