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Can I graduate in four years?

The short answer is yes, provided that you plan carefully, work hard, and stay on track with grades and requirements.  You will need to complete 121 credit hours with an average grade of C or better for graduation.  If you plan to register for classes only during the fall and spring semesters, you will need to successfully complete an average of 16 credit hours in each of those eight semesters in order to graduate in 4 years.  If you register for some summer classes, you can lower the credit hour load you will need to carry in the fall and spring semesters and still plan on graduation in 4 years.  You must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters, or 6 credit hours in the summer term, to be considered a full time student. 

To reach your goal of 121 hours for graduation with a major in Communication, you will need to successfully complete 41 hours of General Education requirements, at least 12 additional hours of approved Arts & Sciences/Liberal Arts courses, and typically 46 hours in your chosen major concentration see (see Core Requirements and Concentrations for Majors).  General education courses are the core or foundation classes that all students are expected to take.  The number of hours required in your major concentration will vary slightly, so be sure to refer to the check list and 4-year planning sheet for your concentration for details. 

Do the math: 41+12+46=99, so you will need to take 22 more hours to complete your degree.  You must complete 72 hours of courses from areas other than your major courses in the Department of Communications.  Included in the 72 hours are your General Education courses, minor courses, and other electives you choose to take.  A minor is not required, but if you choose to declare a minor it must be outside of the Department of Communications.  Most minors require 18-21 credit hours; check the UNA Undergraduate Catalog for minor requirements in all departments. 

Program of Studies

Four-Year Planning Sheet

Program of Studies

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Current 2014 Four-Year Planning Sheets

Communication Arts

Mass Communication

Communication Arts

Mass Communication