BA in Communication

Baylor University - ISC, United States

ba-in-communication

Next enrollment cycle

June 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 50,232

Course Accredited By

SACSCOC

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 10% scholarship
With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, graduates pursue successful careers in business, law, education, nonprofit advocacy, ministry, public service, among others

The major provides instruction and practice in the skills of effective communication and collaborative problem-solving that employers are looking for—speaking, writing, reading, listening, utilizing media, and working in groups. Through engaged learning, students acquire tools to foster dialogue and craft messages for multiple situations and audiences.

The 36-hour major offers four tracks of study:

  • Corporate Communication -- coursework specializes in organizational and interpersonal communication, such as small group communication, conflict management, interviewing, and leadership
  • Rhetoric and Public Discourse -- coursework specializes in the practice and criticism of rhetoric throughout public culture and life, including policy-making and government, social media, and entertainment, among others
  • Generalist -- offers a well-rounded program of study across all areas of study including organizational, interpersonal, and rhetoric
  • Honors -- students fulfill advanced requirements for upper-level courses and complete an undergraduate thesis (for more information, contact Honors Director Dr. Jacob Ford)

Enrollment Cycles

  • June 2022
  • August 2022

International Year (2 semesters) Intensive English Program (IEP) (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 50 overall
  • IELTS 5.0 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 42
  • Pearson Versant 43-47
  • Duolingo 75
  • Gao Kao English 77/120; 99/150
  • GPA: 2.75 for International Year
  • Up to 25 credits toward degree

International Year (2 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 60 overall
  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 45
  • Pearson Versant 48-54
  • Duolingo 85
  • Gao Kao English 83/120; 105/150
  • GPA: 2.75 for International Year
  • Up to 22 credits toward degree

International Year (1 semester)

  • TOEFL (iBT) 70 overall
  • IELTS 6.0 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 50
  • Pearson Versant 55-63
  • Duolingo 95
  • Gao Kao English 95/120; 115/150
  • GPA: 2.75 for International Year
  • Up to 11 credits toward degree

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 80 overall
  • IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 60
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo 110Gao Kao English Not Accepted
  • GPA: 3.0 for Direct Admission

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A. Required: One three-hour course from: (9 hours of required courses for majors)

  • CSS 1301 – Fundamentals of Human Communication
    (Credit may not be earned for this course if credit is earned for CSS 1302)
  • CSS 1302 – Speech for Business and Professional Students
    (Credit may not be earned for this course if credit is earned for CSS 1301)
  • CSS 1304 – Argumentation, Discussion, and Debate
    Required: CSS 1305 – Introduction to Communication Studies (Incoming Freshmen Fall Semester Only)
    (See Note below for instructions for current majors)

B. Required: CSS 3302 – Introduction to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

C. Required: CSS 3310 – Communication Theory

Students will select a track for the remaining twenty-seven hours of coursework which relates to their academic or professional focus.

D. Corporate Communication track.

  • a. Twenty-one hours from the following courses: CSS 1305, 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4302, 4303,
    4304, 4305, 4306, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4336, 4380.
  • b. Six hours from courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track.

E. Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track

  • a. Twenty-one hours from the following courses: CSS 2264, 2265, 3247, 3248, 3305, 3307, 3316,
    3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4350, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4380, 4394, 4395, 4396, 4397,
    BIC 1323, BIC1413.
  • b. Six hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track.

F. Generalist Track.

  • a. Twelve hours from the courses in the Rhetoric and Public Discourse Track.
  • b. Fifteen hours from the courses in the Corporate Communication Track.

G. Honors Track.

  • a. Nine hours from the following classes: CSS 1305, CSS 3304, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3314, 4301, 4303, 4304,
    4305, 4311, 4313, 4314, 4315, 4336.
  • b. Twelve hours from the following classes: CSS 3307, 3316, 3393, 3395, 4310, 4336, 4350, 4351, 4352, 4353,
    4354, 4394, 4395, 4396.
  • c. Engaged Communication Experience: Six hours from CSS 4304, 4312, 4380, 4V85.
  • d. Requirements in other areas: Admission to the Honors Program and completion of upper-division Honors

Program Requirements, see Honors Program Handbook or the Honors Program section of the catalog for specific requirement.

Note: If a current major has not completed CSS 1305 before the Fall of 2016, he/she will choose any elective to substitute for CSS 1305 and the department will prepare a petition for substitution.

Courses Offered in Communication:

  • CSS 1301 Fundamentals of Human Communication
  • CSS 1302 Speech for Business and Professional Students
  • CSS 1304 Argumentation, Discussion, and Debate
  • *CSS 1305 Introduction to Communication Studies (Fall Semester Only, Incoming Freshmen Only)
  • CSS 2264 Contest Speaking (for members of the Debate Program)
  • CSS 2265 Contest Speaking (for members of the Debate Program)
  • CSS 3247 Advanced Debate (for members of the Debate Program)
  • CSS 3248 Advanced Debate (for members of the Debate Program)
  • CSS 3302 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • CSS 3304 Small Group Communication
  • CSS 3305 Advanced Public Speaking
  • CSS 3306 Interviewing
  • CSS 3307 Legal Communication
  • CSS 3310 Communication Theory
  • CSS 3311 Interpersonal Communication
  • CSS 3312 Nonverbal Communication
  • CSS 3314 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • CSS 3316 Persuasion and Communication
  • CSS 3393 Rhetoric and Contemporary Culture
  • CSS 3395 Theories and Methods of Visual Communication
  • CSS 4301 Organizational Communication
  • CSS 4302 Communication Training and Development
  • CSS 4303 Leadership and Communication
  • CSS 4304 Advanced Small Group Theory and Practice
  • CSS 4305 Nonprofit Organizational Communication
  • CSS 4306 Advanced Interviewing (Research)
  • CSS 4310 Politics and Communication (Cross-listed with PSC 4310)
  • CSS 4311 Conflict and Communication
  • CSS 4312 Systemic Inquiry
  • CSS 4313 Communication and the Family
  • CSS 4314 Communication Assessment in Organizational Settings
  • CSS 4315 Health Communication
  • CSS 4316 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • CSS 4336 Seminar in Contemporary Communication Issues
  • CSS 4350 Rhetoric of Women and Gender (effective Fall 2016)
  • CSS 4351 Criticism of Contemporary Public Address
  • CSS 4352 Corporate Advocacy and Public Policy
  • CSS 4353 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy (Cross-listed as PSC 4335)
  • CSS 4354 African American Communication (Cross-listed as PSC 4340)
  • CSS 4380 Internship in Speech Communication
  • CSS 4394 Rhetorical Theory
  • CSS 4395 Visual Rhetoric
  • CSS 4396 American Rhetoric
  • CSS 4397 Public Discourse and the Classic Liberal Tradition
  • CSS 4V85 Special Problems in Oral Communication
  • Intensive English Program (1 semester) International Year (2 semesters) $62,319 
  • International Year (2 semesters) $50,232 
  • Direct Admit (2 semesters) $50,232 
  • Estimated Room & Board $9,423 - $11,598 
  • Undergraduate Pathway Scholarship Scholarship Available - Upto $10,000 
  • Undergraduate Direct Admission Scholarship Scholarship Available - Upto $21,000 

*Direct admission scholarship is available in each year

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