Applied Communications Major

Applied Communications is a concentration of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) major, a program designed for adults who have been away from high school for three or more years. It is a good choice both for people who have never been to college and for students who attended college in the past but did not complete a degree. For the latter, the B.I.S. program makes it possible to apply their previous educational experience toward a degree program. The admission process should begin with an interview with a B.I.S. advisor in the Providence Campus’s Admission and Advising Office. Qualified applicants interested in other programs at ASFCCE may also be interested in the college’s performance-based admission policy; see Performance-Based Admission for details.

Students interested in the broad field of applied communications will be interested in this major. It allows a student, working with an advisor, to design an individual program that must then be approved by the program director.

Communications Core (24 credits). These courses, all at or above the 200 level, must be chosen from communication studies, journalism, and writing (or ENG 205 or 305), with 12 credits from one department and 6 credits from each of the other two. Prerequisite communications courses are COM 100 and WRT 104.

Methodology Course (3 credits). Students may select COM 381, 382, 383, HDF 202, PSY 200, or STA 308.

Major Seminar (BIS 398) (3 credits). Students take this course near the end of their degree program, as it gives them an opportunity to review and evaluate the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their major.

Area of Emphasis (15 credits). With the help of an advisor, students select 15 credits that will comprise an area of emphasis, which may be used either to further develop skills in communications or for study in related areas. This area of emphasis must be approved by an advisor and the program director by the beginning of the student’s junior year.