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B.A. in Communication Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Core Knowledge and Behaviors Courses
    • COM 200 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (3)
    • COM 251 Public Speaking (3)
    • COM 270 Introduction to Theories of Human Communication (3)
  2. Culture or Diversity Course (3) (Choose one of the following courses)
    • COM 241 Health, Culture, and Diversity (3)
    • COM 260 Media and Culture (3)
    • COM 344 Sustainability, Communication, and Culture (3)
    • COM 359 Intercultural Communication (3)
  3. COM Electives and Advanced Courses (18 semester hours, at least 9 of which must be 300–400-level COM courses) (See Note 2 below) (18)
  4. Capstone Paper or Project (Choose one course from the following courses) (3)
    • COM 400 Seminar in Human Dialogue (3)
    • COM 441 Leadership and Communication (3)
    • COM 444 Public Relations (3)
    • COM 451 Communication and Ethnography (3)
    • COM 456 Asian Perspectives on Communication (3)
    • COM 460 Mass Media Analysis (3)
    • COM 494 Special Topics (3) (see Note 2 below)
    • COM 499 Directed Studies (3) (see Notes 2 and 8 below)

Group 2 Total: 33 Semester Credits

Total Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Communication

120 Semester Hours


  1. With advisor approval 6 semester hours of the total elective hours may be from a related discipline.
  2. A student may choose COM 494 or 499 to complete the capstone course requirement. However, it is strongly recommended that students complete COM 350 (Research Methods) before pursuing this option.
  3. A minimum of 12 semester hours out of the total 33 semester hours required for the major must be taken from 300-level courses or above.
  4. At least 45 total semester hours must be earned in upper division courses (300-level courses or above) for graduation.
  5. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  6. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.
  7. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.
  8. Policies and Criteria for COM 499 (Directed Studies). In order to support students in meeting their personal and professional goals, the Communication Department offers majors opportunities to pursue their interested through the Directed Studies option.
    • A directed study must be in, or related to, the field of communication.
    • A directed study typically requires the submission of a paper (or papers) totaling a minimum of 16 typed, double-spaced pages.
    • A written 1–2 page proposal must (1) describe the nature of the directed study and the criteria for evaluation, (2) include a summary statement of the study and a list of at least five references to be used for the study, and (3) be approved by the directing faculty member and the department chair before the registration deadline.
    • Each hour of credit must entail at least four hours per week of intensive study and/or research.
    • In cases that do not explicitly meet the above criteria, the communication faculty will determine whether or not the proposal should be accepted, modified, or rejected.