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Academic Program Guide

Communication (Professional Communication)

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is ONLY available at the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

Students in Professional Communication will receive a broad understanding of fundamental communication processes. The overall program combines courses that are theoretically based with those that are professionally oriented. Courses include interviewing, persuasion, communication research methods, principles of advertising, introduction to public relations, writing for public relations, communication for organizing and a communication internship. Students in professional communication may pursue careers in marketing communication, organizational communication, and information and media, as well as preparation for graduate study.

For admission into the major in Professional Communication the following requirements must be met:

•Completion of an AA Degree from a Florida public institution or completion of the FSU General Education requirements

Under certain circumstances students who have not completed the above requirements for entry into the major may be permitted to take communication courses while completing certain General Education course requirements. Prior to entry, students must have satisfied the following requirements:
•Completion of two FSU General Education math courses
•Completion of two FSU General Education English courses
•Completion of all but 6 hours FSU General Education course requirements

Mapping Coordinator: Angie Sexton

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Core Mathematics3
GE History3
GE Core Natural Science w/ Lab4
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
First language proficiency course4
GE Natural Science3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
Second language proficiency course4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Core Social Science3
Elective/Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
GE Social Science3
GE Ethics3
SPC2608 or SPC 4620 Strategic Speechmaking (Oral Communication Competency)3
CGS2060 Computer Fluency or CGS2100 Microcomputer Applications for Business/Economics 3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete all FSU General Education requirements
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
COM3120 Communication for Organizing3
ADV3008 Principles of Advertising3
PUR3000 Introduction to Public Relations3
SPC4620 Strategic Speechmaking 3
Elective/Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete PUR3000 ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
COM3310 Communication Research Methods3
SPC4360 Interviewing3
SPC4540 Persuasion3
Elective course3
Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete ADV3008 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
PUR3100 Writing for Public Relations 3
Adv. Course (see approved list)3
Adv. Course (see approved list)3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete Pre-Graduation Check
See Internship Coordinator to set up internship
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
COM4945 Communication Internship 3
Adv. Course (see approved list)3
Adv. Course (see approved list)3
Minor Course3
Elective Course3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for graduation in first two weeks.

Employment Information
Students graduating in this major have the following employment possibilities: Information Specialist, Radio Executive, Media Manager, Public Opinion Researcher, Speech Writer, Online content Manager, and much more.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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