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[College of Communication and Information Sciences]
FURTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS AND MINORS
Hours in the Major
Students majoring in advertising, journalism, or public relations must complete no fewer than 30 hours in the major. Communication studies majors must complete no fewer than 36 in the major. The student must satisfy the requirements of one of the departments of the College (advertising or public relations, communication studies, journalism, or telecommunication and film). The maximum number of hours in the College of Communication and Information Sciences that may be counted toward the degree varies from department to department.
Hours in the Minor
- No more than 27 hours in the minor may be counted toward the degree. In completing a single minor, the student is required to fulfill the requirements of the department that offers the minor. In the College of Arts and Sciences, for example, students must complete 15-22 hours in the minor subject, as required by that division's departments. Students majoring in advertising or public relations, journalism, and telecommunication and film may minor in communication studies. Students majoring in communication studies may minor in advertising or public relations, journalism, or telecommunication and film.
- Students in the College of Communication and Information Sciences may pursue two minors, subject to the following restrictions:
- Communication studies majors may have no more than one minor from the departments of advertising and public relations, journalism, and telecommunication and film.
- At least one minor must be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Advertising and public relations, journalism, and telecommunication and film majors may not minor in any College of Communication and Information Sciences department except communication studies.
- All students must complete in residence a minimum of 6 hours of courses numbered 300 or above in their major and minor subjects.
A mass communication student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences may pursue a second major in communication studies or in the College of Arts and Sciences, subject to the following provisions:
- The second major must be approved by the head of the department in which the student is enrolled.
- The student must meet all of the requirements for the second major that are in effect at the time the second major is declared.
- At the time the second major is declared, a written statement of the courses to be taken in that major must be signed by the appropriate academic advisor in the department administering the second major.
Transferability refers to the conditions under which The University of Alabama accepts credit from other postsecondary institutions for inclusion in the student's record. The applicability of transferred credit toward a University of Alabama degree refers to the prerogative of an academic division to count specific transferred credit toward the student's degree requirements. Transfer students admitted to The University of Alabama may apply to have their transcripts evaluated by the College of Communication and Information Sciences records office. It is essential to have transcripts evaluated prior to enrolling in any courses in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.
A transfer student must have earned a grade point average of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the institution(s) previously attended. The student must have earned a grade of "C-" or higher in all transferred courses that are used to satisfy major requirements in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. No more than 18 hours of eligible 100-level and 200-level courses in the major may be transferred. No 300-level or 400-level (junior/senior) courses may be transferred, unless special permission is granted by the major department. No more than 21 hours in a single subject may be transferred.
A student may transfer a total of 88 hours from another accredited four-year institution or a total of one-half of the hours needed for a degree from a junior college, provided that these maximum numbers do not conflict with accreditation requirements or other divisional requirements.
Courses Outside the Major and Minor
Minors in Business for Non-Business Majors
Students in divisions of the University other than the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration may apply for admission to one of the business minors supported by the college, subject to the provisions below. Approval of the student's dean is required.
Non-business students admitted to pursue a business minor must have a grade point averages of 2.5 or higher for all college-level coursework attempted, and they must have 2.5 or higher grade point averages for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. A student whose grade point average falls below these standards may petition the assistant dean of undergraduate programs of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration for admission to a business minor program if the student's grade point average for the last 30 hours attempted is 2.5 or higher. A student admitted to a business minor will be permitted to enroll in all courses required for the specific minor even if the student's grade point average subsequently were to fall below a 2.5 average, provided all other enrollment requirements are met.
A student who expects to complete a minor in an area offered exclusively in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration is subject to the following policies. Failure to comply with these policies will result in administrative disenrollment from C&BA courses.
- Prior to enrolling in any 300- or 400-level C&BA course, all students minoring in business must complete all of the specific prerequisites established for the course.
- Prior to enrolling in any 300- or 400-level C&BA course, all students minoring in business must have achieved junior standing (defined for purposes of this policy as 61 semester hours earned).
- All students minoring in business may take for degree credit no more than 30 hours of C&BA courses (excluding EC 110 and EC 111 and ST 260).
The College of Communication and Information Sciences also recognizes a specialized minor in military science, subject to two regulations. First, a maximum of 16 hours in military science may be counted toward the degree. Second, in addition to completing the requirements of the minor in military science, students must also meet College of Communication and Information Sciences regular requirements for a minor.
A student interested in a specialized minor in any other division (for example, the College of Human Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, or College of Arts and Sciences) should contact that division.
Cultural Minor Options
The College of Communication and Information Sciences offers its students opportunities to earn tailored cultural minors in African culture studies, Eastern culture studies, Latin culture studies, multiculture studies, and Western culture studies. See your departmental advisor for details.
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