Communication BA Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in communication requires 33 credit hours including:

I. Introduction Course (3 credit hours)

  • COM 201: Introduction to Communication (3) DS

II. Foundation Courses (9 credit hours)

  • COM 310: Media Arts (3) DA
  • COM 320: Communication and Communities (3) DS
  • COM 330: Information and Communication Technology Concepts (3)

III. Communication Electives (18 credit hours)

  • COM 331: Techniques of Video and Digital Cinema (3)
  • COM 337: Techniques of Multimedia (3)
  • COM 339: Public Relations Writing (3) 
  • COM 340: Intercultural Communication (3) DS
  • COM 350: Mediated Interpersonal Communication (3) DS
  • COM 390: Journalism/Communications Workshops (V)
  • COM 392: Emerging Topics (3)
  • COM 401: Survey of Inquiry Methods in Communication (3) DS
  • COM 420: Communication in Multicultural Organizations (3) DS
  • COM 421: Public Relations Strategies (3)
  • COM 422: Public Relations Campaign (3)
  • COM 431: Studio Production (3)
  • COM 432: Social Media (3)
  • COM 433: Video Scriptwriting (3)
  • COM 436: Media Effects (3)
  • COM 438: Telecommunication in the Pacific Hemisphere (3) DS
  • COM 444: Communication and Gender (3) DS
  • COM 451: Communication and Law (3) DS
  • COM 452: Building Communication Theory (3) DS
  • COM 459: Special Topics (3)
  • COM 460: Media Ethics (3) DS
  • COM 475: Global Communication (3) DS
  • COM 480: Communication Seminar (3)
  • COM 489: Communicating Creativity (3)
  • COM 490: Senior Thesis Project (3)
  • COM 495: Communication Internship (V)
  • COM 499: Special Problems (V)

IV. Capstone (3 credit hours from one of the following)

  • COM 476: Capstone in Digital Cinema Production (3)
  • COM 477: Capstone in Interactive Multimedia Design and Development (3)
  • COM 478: Capstone in Communication in Communities (3)
  • COM 479: Capstone Project in ICTs and Policy (3)

General Education Designations

  • DA – Diversification-Arts
  • DS – Diversification-Social Science

See the UH Catalog for more information.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students earning a Communication BA will be able to:

  1. Design communication and media projects to make meaningful contributions to diverse social, professional or academic communities, communicating effectively orally, in writing, and through digital media.
  2. Reflect critically on communication products such as media productions, research and policy reports and everyday texts.
  3. Demonstrate preparedness for academic and professional careers in communication.
  4. Demonstrate global awareness, including an awareness of cultures in the Hawaii-Pacific region and issues related to cross-cultural communication.
  5. Engage in collaborative problem solving, both face-to-face and in online environments.
  6. Analyze the ethical dimensions of communication.
  7. Critically evaluate the use of technology in communication.