Colleges and Schools
|Degrees and Majors|
|General Requirements for the School of Communication|
|Minor in Film Studies|
|Minor in School of Communication Concentrations|
|Concentration in Journalism|
|Print Media Sequence|
|Concentration in Public Relations/Advertising|
|Concentration in Media Production|
|Concentration in Media Studies|
|Concentration in Corporate Communications|
|Concentration in Interpersonal Communications|
Director: Ted Stanton
The School of Communication strives to produce graduates who are broadly educated, ethical, technologically proficient, literate in the media of communication and able to assume leadership roles in the information age. By stressing the study and the practice of communication in an urban environment, the school prepares students for lifetime careers in which they will shape, analyze, respond to, and work in the fields of communication. Students will acquire verbal, literate, numerate, visual, and social communication competencies through a combination of academic and professional experiences in an area of concentration selected by each student.
Professional internships are a key element in the broad education students may receive through the school. Students may qualify in their senior year by meeting grade-point requirements and completing relevant course work.
The School of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with concentrations in journalism, public relations/advertising, media production, media studies, corporate communication and interpersonal communication. It also offers teacher certification in journalism and speech communication.
Students must choose at least one concentration to complete a major; they may choose two as a double major, or may major and minor in two concentrations.
The School of Communication also offers the Master of Arts degree in communication with emphases in public relations, mass communication studies and speech communication.
For more information about admission to the graduate programs, requirements for the degrees and course listings, consult the school's Director of Graduate Studies and refer to the Graduate and Professional Studiescatalog.
Students in good academic standing may declare communication as their major and select a concentration at any time. Students interested in the school but uncertain about a concentration may declare themselves Communication Unspecified (COMM-UN) up to completion of 72 hours. Then they must choose a concentration.
All undergraduate majors in the School of Communication must complete, with a GPA of at least 2.00, 12 semester hours as follows:
Students who register for advanced courses without completing the non-advanced requirements may be dropped by the instructor or the school. Neither the school nor the instructor will be responsible for tuition refunds.
Students seeking a minor in film studies must meet the following requirements:
Students may minor in any of the school's concentrations. For each concentration minor, students must complete COMM 1301 and 1302, plus 12 COMM hours in the concentration, of which nine must be advanced and nine must be in residence. Students must have a 2.00 GPA for all courses attempted in the minor at the University of Houston, with at least a C- in each course.
Students who declared minors in journalism, radio-television or speech communication prior to June, 1998, may continue to pursue those minors through the end of the summer of 2002, provided they are otherwise eligible to do so under the provisions of an earlier UH Undergraduate Studies catalog. The requirements for those minors are in the UH Undergraduate Studies catalog for 1997-1999. Since June, 1998, minors in journalism, radio-television, and speech communication have not been available. They have been replaced by the minor in communication described above.
Students in the print and broadcast will develop an understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural contexts in which news is gathered and disseminated. They will acquire the skills needed to investigate effectively the world of news and to report these findings accurately, clearly, completely, and in the public interest. They will graduate with the knowledge of the critical, analytical, and ethical perspectives necessary to succeed in entry-level jobs and in lifelong careers.
The concentration provides basic knowledge, skills and ethical considerations to prepare students for entry into public relations and advertising careers. Students will learn the communication requirements to represent organizations, products, services, operations and policies effectively. Study areas include theory, principles, analytical and critical skills, ethical requirements, public policy development, campaign design and execution requirements, research methodologies, data analysis techniques and communication skills especially appropriate for an urban setting.
Public Relations Sequence
Students will acquire the ability to create communications using audio, video, motion picture, photography and computer graphics techniques. An appreciation and ethical concern for the professional values and effects on an audience of utilizing such techniques will accompany both practical and theoretical instruction. Skills needed to perform the research and writing functions that precede actual production of media programs as well as performance studies are included. This concentration provides the preparation for internships and entry-level positions available in a wide variety of careers that require media production knowledge and skills, and the foundation for advancement in those fields.
Students will deal critically with media issues that create and affect
public policy and will explore media management policy. Course materials
also will cover content, technology, training, programming, marketing,
and audiences in national and international contexts.
Students will learn theories and principles of mediated and nonmediated communication relevant to the management of corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations. Students will develop analytical and critical skills needed to develop and implement effective communication goals and strategies. This concentration serves students interested in:
This concentration will prepare students for communication positions in a wide variety of organizations and with consulting firms. It will also provide a strong foundation for graduate work in communication studies and other fields of human behavior.
Students will gain knowledge of the interplay between communication and relationships on both micro and societal levels. At the micro level, students will develop analytic and communication skills needed to understand the process of relationship development, maintenance and deterioration. At the societal level, students will acquire critical reasoning skills needed to interpret images and messages about families and other small groups. Students will be prepared for entry-level communication positions in organizations such as those allied with health care and human development or for advanced work in communication studies and other fields focusing on the analysis of human behavior.
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