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FURTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS AND MINORS

Hours in the Major

Students majoring in advertising or public relations must complete no fewer than 31 hours in the major. Students majoring in journalism must complete no fewer than 35 hours in the major. Students majoring in telecommunications and film must complete no fewer than 33 hours in the major. Students majoring in communication studies 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.

Double Majors

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:

Transfer Students

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

No more than 21 hours in any single subject other than the major or minor may be applied in fulfilling the minimum-hours graduation requirement (see aforesaid “Hours and Grade Points” for minimums).

Discipline-Specific Minors in Business for Non-Business Majors

Students enrolled 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 stated below. Approval of the student’s dean is required.

Except for the general business minor, which requires a minimum grade point average of 2.0, non-business majors admitted to a business minor must have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher for all college-level coursework attempted and for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. A student whose grade point average falls below these standards may petition the associate dean for undergraduate programs of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration for admission to the business minor 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 that specific minor even if the student’s grade point average subsequently falls below 2.5, provided all other enrollment requirements are met.

Non-business students must complete the course-specific prerequisites for each minor-program course and must have earned credit for a minimum of 61 semester hours at the time they enroll in 300- to 400-level courses. Non-business students may earn degree credit for no more than 30 semester hours of C&BA courses (excluding EC 110, EC 111, and ST 260).

Failure to comply with these policies will result in administrative disenrollment from C&BA courses.

Entrepreneurship
Courses Hours
AC 210 4
EC 110 3
MGT 300 3
MGT 386 3
MGT 482 3
One of the following:
MKT 410, MKT 321, or an additional course approved by the entrepreneurship program coordinator
3
  ___
  Total: 19

 

Management
Courses Hours
AC 210 4
MGT 300 3
MGT 301 3
MGT 320 3
MGT 386 3
Two of the following:
MGT 341, MGT 351, MGT 420, MGT 421
6
  ___
  Total: 22

 

World Business
Courses Hours
AC 210 4
IBA 350 3
PSC 434 3
MKT 300 3
MKT 455 3
Two of the following:
IBA 351, IBA 459, IBA 460, EC 440,
EC 442, EC 430, EC 431, EC 453
6
  ___
  Total: 22

 

General Business
Courses Hours
AC 210 4
EC 110 3
LGS 200 3
ST 260 3
Three of the following:
FI 302, MGT 300, MKT 300, OM 300
6
  ___
  Total: 19

Military Science Minor

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.

Specialized Minor in Other Divisions

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.

 

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