3 Year Degree

A Path to Graduating in 3 Years in the Department of Communication

With careful planning in consultation with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor, it may be possible to pursue a 3-year path to graduation as a Communication major. This would require proactive course planning and would include enrollment over the summer and/or winter terms each year. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please contact Susan Dreyer, at 413-545-1311, to make an appointment with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor.

Below is a sample schedule that would allow a student to graduate with a Communication degree in three years. Please keep in mind that this is only a sample plan for a hypothetical student. Students' actual course schedules will vary depending on which courses are offered each semester and the number of credits (3 or 4) associated with each course taken.

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3-Year Path to Graduation in the Department of Communication:

Sample Schedule (actual schedule will vary)

 

YEAR ONE (43 credits)

Fall 1 (17 credits)

·      Comm Introductory (100-level) course (3 credits)

·      Comm Introductory (100-level) course (3 credits)

·      Language 110 or 230 level (3 credits)

·      2 Gen Ed courses

                  - First Year Writing (3 credits)

                  - 2nd Gen Ed course (4 credits)

·      Comm 101 (1 credit)

Spring 1 (18 credits)

·      Comm Introductory (100-level) course (3 credits)

·      Language 120 or 240 level (3 credits)

·      3 Gen Ed courses (12 credits)

Summer 1 (8 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course online (4 credits)

·      1 Gen Ed course (4 credits)

YEAR TWO (41 credits)

Fall 2 (18 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (3 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (4 credits)

·      2 Gen Ed courses (8 credits)

·      1 Global Ed "culture" or foreign language course (3 credits)

Spring 2 (17 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (3 credits)

·      Comm 300-level course (3 credits)

·      2 Gen Ed courses (8 credits)

·      1 Global Ed "culture" or foreign language course (3 credits)

Summer 2 (6 credits)

·      Comm 300-level course (3 credits)

·      1 Global Ed "culture" or foreign language course (3 credits)

YEAR THREE (36 credits)

Fall 3 (18 credits)

·      Comm 400-level Integrative Experience course (3 credits)

·      Comm 375 (3 credits)

·      Electives (12 credits)

Spring 3 (18 credits)

·      Comm 400-level course (3 credits)

·      Electives (15 credits)

Total = 120 credits

*Since courses range from 3-4 credits, the actual totals for any particular semester will vary depending on which courses a student takes.  Students are urged to work closely with their advisors each semester and with the CUA to be sure they are making the expected progress toward their overall requirements.

Assumptions:

Student is direct admit Communication major (takes 1-credit Comm 101)
Student passes R1 math exemption exam
Student combines diversity “U” and “G” with other Gen Ed courses
Student takes summer courses
Student takes at least 2 4-credit Communication courses