College of Communication and Information Sciences students should meet the general admission requirements of the University. The College has final authority in decisions concerning the possible application of junior college credit and other college credit toward a student’s degree requirements.
College-level grammar, spelling, punctuation, diction, and typing skills are requirements for the successful completion of all communication courses at The University of Alabama. Students electing the information sciences minor must have taken either CAT 100 Computer Concepts and Applications or CS 102 Microcomputer Applications or demonstrate equivalent competency. CAT 100 or CS 102 will not earn credit toward the information sciences minor.
The curriculum of the College of Communication and Information Sciences is divided into a lower division and an upper division. The lower division consists of all communication courses at the 100 and 200 levels. The upper division consists of all communication courses at the 300 level or above. The College of Communication and Information Sciences has established both lower-division and upper-division requirements for students. All University of Alabama students who enroll in upper-division communication courses must have met the College’s upper-division requirements. Students who enroll in communication courses and do not meet the College’s requirements concerning prerequisite courses and grades will be administratively disenrolled on or before the first day of classes. Students who enroll in communication courses and fail to attend class meetings during the first week of classes will be disenrolled.
Lower-division requirements. A student who has completed the necessary prerequisite courses with the required minimum grade of “C-” may enroll in lower-division communication courses. Prerequisites are included in the course descriptions in this catalog, but they are subject to change.
Upper-division requirements. To enroll in upper-division communication courses, a student must have completed the necessary prerequisite courses with grades of “C-” or higher and must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
It is the student’s responsibility to declare a major in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Application is made by filling out a major/minor form in the major department within the College. However, a student transferring from another division on campus must complete a change of division form in 297 Phifer Hall. If the transferring student has more than 45 hours, the student must also have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. The transfer of division form must be completed before an official major/minor form can be obtained from the department of choice.
A candidate for a major in the College of Communication and Information Sciences must choose a minor field of study in any department or area for which he or she is eligible, subject to both the acceptance of registration for a minor by that department or area, and approval of the minor by the student’s advisor in the College.
Qualified students in the College of Communication and Information Sciences are encouraged to participate in the University Honors Program. Complete information is contained in the University Honors Program section of this catalog.