Jennifer D. Greer, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Communication and Information.
The College of Communication and Information offers undergraduate degrees in the Department of Communication, the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the School of Journalism and Media, and the School of Information Science. The Department of Communication educates its students in interpersonal, small group, mass, health and organizational communication, and communication theory and research. Graduates pursue a variety of career paths in areas such as business and organizational communication, digital and mass communication, health communication, human communication, and sport communication. The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication prepares students for careers as professionals in the allied areas of advertising, public relations, direct response and other forms of promotional communication. The Journalism major within the School of Journalism and Media educates its students for professional careers in the media as writers, reporters, producers, editors, and broadcasters. The Media Arts and Studies area within the School of Journalism and Media educates its students in production and dissemination of digital content, and their ultimate effects on individuals, political communication, civic participation, media organizations, media policy and practices, and society as a whole. The School of Information Science provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to function effectively in information related professions including the areas of information communication technology, information science, and library science. The College also has graduate program offerings in the School of Information Science and in a college-wide graduate program. The College also is home to Intercollegiate Debate and the Office of Student Media.
Majors in the School of Journalism and Media and Integrated Strategic Communication have national accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Undergraduate Programs in Communication and Information
The University of Kentucky grants the following degrees in the College of Communication and Information:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
Students pursuing either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science select from these majors: Communication, Information Communication Technology, Integrated Strategic Communication, Journalism, and Media Arts and Studies. Students may also select a minor in Communication, Information Studies, Journalism Studies, Media Arts and Studies, and/or Video Game Design and Development. University requirements for a double major stipulate that each major be in a separate department or school (see the Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin). Students can double major within the college for any major. Students majoring in Information Communication Technology may not minor in Information Studies. Students majoring in Communication may not minor in Communication.
Undergraduate Certificates in Communication and Information
The University of Kentucky grants the following undergraduate certificates in the College of Communication and Information:
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The College of Communication and Information has several opportunities for students to obtain scholarship funding. The college awards four scholarships to incoming freshmen. Each major offers two scholarships to rising juniors and seniors. Additional scholarships are also available. Generally, the deadline for scholarship applications is early in the spring semester. For specific information on scholarships, go to http://ci.uky.edu/ci/scholarships.
Admission to the University is sufficient for admission to the College of Communication and Information as a premajor for students who have completed less than 30 semester hours. An application must be filed with the college in order for a student to be considered for admission as a premajor or major. However, admission as a premajor does not guarantee admission as a major in one of the degree programs in the College of Communication and Information. Additionally, depending on the timing of admission into the major program, students may not have access to major classes until subsequent semesters.
Upper-division admission into a degree program is necessary in order to be granted a baccalaureate degree from the College of Communication and Information.
For students in the School of Journalism and Media and the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, no more than 12 hours of major courses from a student’s previous institution(s) may be counted toward a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication, Journalism, or Media Arts and Studies at the University of Kentucky.
Admission to Degree Programs
Admission without provisions to the University is sufficient for premajor admission to the College of Communication and Information. However, premajor admission to the College or any admission to the University does not guarantee major admission to one of the degree programs in the College of Communication and Information. In general, major admission depends upon the qualifications and preparation of the applicants, as well as the availability of the resources for maintaining quality instruction.
Annually, degree programs in the College of Communication and Information will review the admission requirements. The Annual Admission GPA will be no lower than 2.0, but may be increased up to 2.6 cumulative GPA, as determined by the degree programs in the college. This GPA will be made available in the Office of Student Success in the College of Communication and Information by October 15 of each year. This GPA will be effective the following fall. The GPA would be effective for any student applying for major admission to a degree program, regardless of the time of her/his enrollment in the University. In the event that this GPA is not made available to the Office of Student Success in the College of Communication and Information by October 15, the cumulative GPA requirement will remain at the approved level for the current year.
In order to be admitted with major status to any of the five undergraduate majors (communication, information communication technology, integrated strategic communication, journalism, and media arts and studies) offered by the College of Communication and Information, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
- Enrollment in the University of Kentucky (Students are considered for acceptance by the college only after acceptance by the University.).
- Completion of 30 semester hours of course work.
- Completion of eight UK Core areas including Composition I & II, Quantitative Foundations, and Statistical Inferential Reasoning (STA 210 and STA 296).
- Minimum of 2.60 cumulative grade-point average or the current Annual Admission GPA for the degree program, whichever is lower;
- Completion of premajor requirements as stated below for each major: (a) Communication - completion of COM 101 , COM 252 , COM 249 , Composition & Communication I and II requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.60 or greater in these courses. (b) Journalism - students must complete all premajor courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in order to be admitted to the major. (c) Integrated Strategic Communication - completion of PSY 100 , ISC 161 , and ISC 261 or JOU 204 , and a statistics course (e.g., STA 210 , STA 296 ) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater in ISC 161 and ISC 261 or JOU 204 . (d) Media Arts and Studies - completion of MAS 101 , MAS 201 , and a statistics course (e.g., STA 210 , STA 296 ) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in these courses. (e) Information Communication Technology - completion of ICT 200 , ICT 201 , and ICT 202 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in these courses.
- Submission of an application form.
Students meeting these requirements will be designated as majors or as students with upper-division standing in the program to which admission is granted.
Admissions Policy and Process
Applications from students outside the University of Kentucky seeking admission to the College of Communication and Information, whether for lower-division or upper-division status, may apply for admission during the appropriate dates listed in the University calendar. Students enrolled in other UK colleges on campus may apply for admission during the major change windows listed in the University calendar as approved times to change majors.
Students who do not meet one or more of the requirements for admission, but who feel that this is due to extenuating personal, academic, professional, or intellectual circumstances, must describe these circumstances in detail in a separate letter of appeal. These circumstances will be considered by a committee of the appropriate program. This committee will be appointed by the Chair or Director of the program department or school. The applicant will be informed in writing of the committee’s decision, which also will be forwarded to the College’s Office of Student Success.
Admission to Completion Programs
UK students applying to the degree completion programs in Information Studies or Communication must also have completed 60 hours and have taken an extended absence (at least one year) from UK before applying to the completion program. Students from other institutions must have completed at least 60 credit hours.
Advising in the College of Communication and Information is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Success. All premajor and major students will be assigned a professional academic advisor. Advisors are available throughout the year. Students must meet with a professional academic advisor each semester prior to registering for the next term. A registration hold is placed on each student’s record at the beginning of each term. The hold is removed after the student meets with the academic advisor for a priority registration advising appointment.
When students in the School of Journalism and Media are admitted to the upper‑division of the college, they are assigned a faculty mentor from their major program. A faculty advisor hold is placed on each student’s record at the beginning of each term. The hold is removed after the student meets with the faculty advisor for a priority registration appointment.
Enrollment in Upper Division College of Communication and Information (CI) Courses
Enrollment in College of Communication and Information (CI) courses numbered 300-599 will be limited in order of priority to:
- majors and minors in College of Communication and Information degree program;
- non-College of Communication and Informationm students who are registered for specific programs requiring College of Communication and Information courses;
- other students or categories of students with the express permission of the department offering the course (departments may choose to declare certain courses as open enrollment courses).
To earn either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Communication and Information, each student must (1) complete 120 hours of course work (excluding courses lower than the 100 level, courses with an R designation, physical education service courses, and/or EXP 396 /EXP 397 credits) with a grade-point average of at least 2.0 and (2) complete at least 42 hours in upper division courses (300 or above).
Other requirements include UK Core, an approved statistics course, premajor requirements, field of concentration (21-39 hours of major work and 15-18 hours of cognate courses earned as defined by the units), and a minimum of six hours of free electives.
Department of Communication
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Department of Integrated Strategic Communication
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
School of Information Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
School of Journalism and Media
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science