School of Communication

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Communication


NAU, PO Box 5619, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5619

928-523-2232 (fax 928-523-1505)



Mark Neumann


Few fields have evolved as rapidly in the past two decades as communication. In addition to everyday conversations, letters, billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, we face an increasing number of messages from new media such as the Internet, the World Wide Web, and interactive multimedia. NAUís School of Communication prepares you with an understanding of the intellectual, ethical, and practical aspects of the field of communication, and we provide you with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in this field.


The School of Communication blends a unique variety of disciplines and integrates the study and practice of oral, written, and visual communication. While you choose a specialized field of study within the School of Communication, our 6-unit communication core and many cross-disciplinary offerings ensure that you possess a broad understanding of the field of communication.


In this section, we explain our communication core, graduation requirements, and advising procedures that are common to all academic plans in the School of Communication. Then we describe the specific majors, minors, BAiLS emphases, and certificate plans we offer in each of the following areas:

Please note that you may apply for major status in any of our academic plans at any time, as long as you are in good academic standing at NAU. If you are undecided as to a specific major in communication, we encourage you to register your major as ďcommunicationóundecidedĒ and to begin taking the core courses required of all majors in the School of Communication. (See the next section for details.)

Communication Core

All major plans within the School of Communication require that you complete the following 6-unit communication core with a grade of C or better in both courses:

Be aware that courses in your major may have prerequisites (including COM 101 and 200) that you must complete before taking those other courses. We encourage you to complete the communication core as soon as possible, as well as other courses that your major plan may require (such as SC 111 and/or JLS 130), to avoid being unable to enroll in a course for which you have not completed the prerequisites. When enrolling in courses, you must make sure you will have completed all prerequisites for those courses and that you also enroll in any necessary co-requisites.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to university-wide graduation requirements (described in the Undergraduate General Academic and Graduation Policies section of this catalog) and the requirements for each specific major plan (described later in this section), all students graduating with a degree in the School of Communication must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each course:

All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in COM 101, COM 200, their freshman composition required course and their foundation mathematics course.


If you donít receive a grade of C or better in any of these courses, you must repeat the course(s) and earn a C or better, within the parameters of the course repeat policies outlined in the Undergraduate Course, Enrollment, and Credit Policies section of this catalog.


Please be aware that you may not be able to take courses within your major area of study until you receive a grade of C or better in some or all of these courses.

Advising and Student Responsibility

After you have been admitted to NAU, you are advised in the Gateway Student Success Center until you have completed 35 units of credit. If you are a transfer student with more than 35 transfer units, you should have an initial advising session with the School of Communicationís Academic Services Center. The center staff establishes an advising file for you and assists you with any necessary forms; the staff also evaluates your transfer credit on a case-by-case basis (if applicable) and advises and assists you in enrolling for courses.


After completing 35 units, your advising file is transferred from the Gateway Student Success Center to the School of Communicationís Academic Services Center. Your advising file is checked out to you before advising appointments with your faculty advisor, and you should return it to the Academic Services Center immediately after the advising session.


If you major in advertising, public relations, or visual communication, you are advised in the Academic Services Center until you complete 60 units, at which time you are transferred to a faculty advisor within your major.


If you major in electronic media, journalism, or speech communication, you are advised in the Academic Services Center until you obtain a faculty memberís consent to be your advisor or until you complete 60 units, at which time you are assigned a faculty advisor.


If you major in merchandising, you are transferred directly from the Gateway Student Success Center to your merchandising faculty advisor after completing 35 units. Your file is transferred to the Academic Services Center, where it should be checked out prior to advising sessions with your faculty advisor and then returned immediately after the advising appointment.


If you major in photography, you are transferred to a photography faculty advisor immediately after your initial advising session the Academic Services Center.


Please note that, regardless of your major or the number of units you have completed, you may be transferred to a faculty advisor after an initial advising session in the Academic Services Center by obtaining the consent of a faculty member in the discipline of your major.


Be aware that the final responsibility of selecting courses rests with you. Similarly, it is your full responsibility to meet the requirements of your course of study, in their proper order, so you donít find yourself in your senior year ineligible for graduation.


You are responsible for meeting: