All courses carry three semester hours of credit, and a full-time student can complete the program on the following schedule:
- Freshman and sophomore years include the three survey courses.
- Junior year includes the technology course (200) and the quantitative reasoning course (often COMM 201), along with the research methods course (301) and a 300-level analysis elective.
- Senior year includes the remaining electives and the senior seminar (490 or 491, not both).
The major requires a total of 33 hours to complete the program. By registering for the 100-level courses during their first two years of study and two courses during their junior and senior years, students can complete the major in five to six semesters.
Transfer students can complete the program in two years, but usually must take three courses in the program each term or extend their studies into the summer or an additional semester.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advisors have developed a standard form to guide students through the program in a timely manner.