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COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

    History and Objectives
    Accreditation
    Cultural Diversity
    Facilities
    High-School and Multicultural Programs
    Degrees and Programs Offered
    Admission and Retention Requirements
    Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarships
    Student Organizations
    Special Services and Programs
    General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication
    Further Requirements for Majors and Minors
    Department and Program Requirements
        Department of Advertising and Public Relations
        Department of Communication Studies
        Department of Journalism
        School of Library and Information Studies
        Department of Telecommunication and Film
    Administrative Officers and Faculty

HISTORY AND OBJECTIVES

The former School of Communication became the College of Communication on September 9, 1988, by action of the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama in recognition of the school's expanded role and scope. The College is the only communication unit in the state offering the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

The School of Communication had been created on July 1, 1973, by combining the existing Department of Journalism and Department of Broadcast and Film Communication with University of Alabama Television Services in a single administrative unit. During its first year, the School of Communication created an additional department, the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, from course sequences that had been part of the program in journalism. University Radio Services was established in 1980, as was the Communication Research and Service Center (now the Institute for Communication Research). On May 16, 1981, the Department of Speech Communication (now Communication Studies) moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the School of Communication. On July 1, 1997, the College of Communication and the School of Library and Information Studies merged to form the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The School of Library and Information Studies began to offer its first undergraduate courses in information sciences in 1999 and a minor beginning fall 2000.

The purposes of the College of Communication and Information Sciences are as follows:

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