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Bachelor of Arts

Key Academic Policies

Key Academic Policies

Procedures for Becoming a Communication Major

To declare the intent to become a major, a student must complete the Major/Minor Change/Declaration form. The form is available from the Advising Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in room 4002 of the North Classroom. Undergraduates must declare their intention to major in communication by the time they have completed 60 semester hours.

The undergraduate advisors in the Communication Department are e.j. Yoder and Yvette Bueno-Olson, Student Commons Building, 1201 Larimer Street.

Download the Communication Degree Requirements Checklist here​​. 

Applying Courses to the Pathway Area Requirements

Although some courses are listed in more than one skill area, the same course may not count toward requirements in more than one area. Some courses that are not regular offerings in the curriculum may count toward the major if approved by the undergraduate advisor. A maximum of 9 credit hours is allowed for internship credit (COMM 3939)—six hours in the "Production of Communication" skill area and three hours as the upper division elective.

The Intership Director is Gordana Lazic, Student Commons Building, 1201 Larimer Street,

Maximum of 48 hours in Communication

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences allows students to take up to 48 hours from a single department. Therefore, after completion of the required 39 hours, students may take an additional three Communication courses (nine hours) and still fall within the 48-hour limit. If they take more than 48 hours from the Communication Department, those hours will not count toward the 120 needed for the BA degree. At least 18 hours of the 39 hours required for the major must be taken from the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver.

Grade Requirements

To complete a Communication degree, students must earn an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in Communication courses.

Communication majors cannot take courses for a pass/fail grade unless the courses are above the 39 hours required for the major. Up to six hours of coursework completed in a study abroad program, however, may be counted toward the major (study abroad credits earned at a university other than the University of Colorado Denver are recorded as pass/fail grades).

Transfer Credits

Only 21 credit hours may be transferred toward the Communication major from other colleges and universities. To submit a request for transfer of credits, students should complete the Faculty Approval Form for Course Equivalency, which may be downloaded here or is available from the Advising Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in room 4002 of the North Classroom. Transferred communication classes must be approved by a Communication advisor and a college level advisor.

Additional Information

Additional information about the major in Communication may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor, e.j. Yoder, Student Commons Building, 1201 Larimer Street, Suite 3002,