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 and your faculty 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) (3 credits)

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

·      Language 110 or 230 level (3 credits)

·      2 Gen Eds

o   First Year Writing (3 credits)

o   2nd Gen Ed (4 credits)

·      Comm 101 (1 credit)

Spring 1 (18 credits)

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

·      Language 120 or 240 level (3 credits)

·      3 Gen Eds (12 credits)

Summer 1 (8 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course online (4 credits)

·      1 Gen Ed (4 credits)

YEAR TWO (41 credits)

Fall 2 (18 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (3 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (4 credits)

·      2 Gen Eds (8 credits)

·      1 Global Culture (3 credits)

Spring 2 (17 credits)

·      Comm 200-level course (3 credits)

·      Comm 300-level course (3 credits)

·      2 Gen Eds (8 credits)

·      1 Global Culture (3 credits)

Summer 2 (6 credits)

·      Comm 300-level course (3 credits)

·      1 Global Culture (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 the CUA each semester 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