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Effective Date: 11/13/2015 - 5/8/2016

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate COMMUNICATION STUDIES degree at Northern Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression

Semester 1Credit Hours
ENG 101 (3) 3
COM 181 (3) 3
MAT 150 (3) 3
WGS 200 (3) 3
CIT 105 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
ENG 102 (3) 3
Heritage Course 3
PSY 110 (3) 3
QR/NS Course 3
COM 252 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 3Credit Hours
SOC 101 (3) 3
AH/SB/FL Course 3
AH/SB/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
COM 281 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
Humanities Course 3
COM 254 (3) 3
NS Course 3
NS Lab Course 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours16

Pre-Transfer Notes

Students must have a grade of "C" or higher OR a GPA of 2.5 in the courses required for the Communication Studies major.

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression

Semester 5Credit Hours
CMST 300 (3) 3
CMST Elective 3
CMST Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
CMST 310 (3) or CMST 340 (3) or CMST 410 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
CMST Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
CMST 303 (3) 3
CMST 355 (3) 3
CMST Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
CMST 370 (3) 3
CMST 430 (3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Program Notes

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours in college-level coursework to graduation.

Students must have 45 hours of upper division courses to satisfy requirements for a bachelor's degree at NKU.

Students are required to have a minor. "Elective" courses can be used to satisfy these requirements.

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