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Risk and Crisis Communication

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Risk and Crisis Communication (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed, with a "W" counting as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100-level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

Below is a detailed schedule of studies in a 4-year format. However, students will develop their own academic plan in consultation with their professional academic advisor through the Murrow Center for Student Success. The BA in Strategic Communication is broken down into four main categories as found in myWSU under your Academic Requirements:

1. College Core Requirements: COM 101; 102; 105; 138; 210; and 300 (18 credits).

2. Strategic Communication Degree Requirements: COM 309; COMSTRAT 310; COMSTRAT 395; COMSTRAT 301; one Advanced Media and Society course from approved list (in footnotes); and one Specialization Elective course (in footnotes) (18 credits).

3. Major Requirements: Risk and Crisis Communication: COMSTRAT 324; COMSTRAR 326; COMSTRAT 483 or 478; COMSTRAT 477 or COM 490; COM 486 (15 credits).

4. Major Upper-Division Electives: (in footnotes) (9 credits).

First Year
First TermCredits
COM 1013
COM 1383
UCORE Inquiry16
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
UCORE Inquiry14
Second Year
First TermCredits
COM 2103
COM 300 [M]3
UCORE Inquiry16
Second TermCredits
Major Elective23
Specialization Course33
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3093
Second TermCredits
COMSTRAT 477 or COM 4903
Major Elective23
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
COMSTRAT 483 or 4783
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Second TermCredits
Advanced Media and Society Course53
COM 4863
Major Elective23

1Must complete 5 of these 6 UCORE designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, PSCI, SSCI. One lab science (BSCI or PSCI) must be completed.
2Major Electives (9 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or COMSTRAT 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.
3Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, or COMSTRAT 475-490 not used to meet other requirements.
4A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
5Advanced Media and Society Course (3 credits): Select from COM 421, 440, 464, 471, or 479.

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