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College of Communication

The following information is made available to assist you in preparing for your New Student Registration day and specifically, your academic advising appointment. In addition to the information here, visit the College of Communication website. Be sure to also read the recommendations on the Prepare for Academic Advising website.

Welcome to the College of Communication! We are very excited that you have chosen one of our programs at Butler University. We are confident you have made the right choice. As students in the Information Age, this is a very exciting time to study the discipline of communication. Many opportunities await you in the College as well as in the city of Indianapolis! We will work closely with you in the coming years to help you attain your educational and career goals. We look forward to meeting you and your family when you arrive for New Student Registration!

As you prepare for your visit, the following information will help, as it is specific to students in the College of Communication.

Prepare for Academic Advising

All first-year students in the College of Communication are required to take COM 101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition, our basic public speaking course. Your advisor will work with you to find an open section for your schedule. No worries if one of the sections does not fit your schedule, you can always take it in the spring semester of your first year. Finally, this course can only be waived if you have taken a similar course at another institution of higher education (not your high school or involvement in a debate team). To have the course waived, you need to have your official transcripts sent to Butler University's Registration and Records office.

All students in the College of Communication are required to take six credit hours of language at the 200 level or above. Be sure to take a language placement exam.  Only students with a native language competency can be exempt from this requirement.

Depending on your major, below you will find a selection of introductory courses to consider. Many are offered at multiple times so be sure to select several potential options.

Communication Sciences & Disorders
   CSD231 Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders

Digital Media Production
   CME106 Survey of Digital Media
   CME201 Audio Production
   CME202 Multi-Camera Studio Production

Interactive Media
   CME106 Survey of Digital Media

Journalism
   JR112 Newswriting: Print
   JR113 Newswriting: Electronic
   CME106 Survey of Digital Media

Media, Rhetoric & Culture
   SW266 Media Literacy

Organizational Communication & Leadership
   SW266 Media Literacy
   COM101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition

Recording Industry Studies
   CME107 Music Skills for the Recording Industry Studies
   CME109 Survey of the Recording Industry
   CME201 Audio Production

Sports Media
   CME106 Survey of Digital Media
   JR112 Newswriting: Print
   JR113 Newswriting: Electronic

Strategic Communication: Advertising & Public Relations
   STR128 Promotional Writing I

Exploratory: Communication
   Select from any of the courses above.