Professional Communication Program


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Sandra Halvorson, PhD
Holley A-111-G
(850) 770-2249

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Stan Lindsay, PhD
Holley A-111-F

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Mike Wallace, PhD
Holley A-111-M
(850) 770-2246


Professional Communication offers two academic tracks:

  • A Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication 
  • You can also combine your bachelor degree with a graduate degree in Corporate & Public Communication.

Description of Major

Students in the Professional Communication major at the Panama City campus will receive a broad understanding of fundamental communication processes. The overall program combines courses that are theoretically based with those that are professionally oriented. Courses include interviewing, persuasion, communication research methods, principles of advertising, introduction to public relations, writing of public relations, communication for organizing and a communication internship. Students in professional communication may pursue careers in information and media, as well as prepare for graduate study.


Prerequisite Coursework: 
18 hours outside major coursework and beyond Liberal Studies.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To become a degree seeking student in communication with a major in Professional Communication, the following requirement must be met:
   • Completion of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida public institution or completion of the FSU Liberal Studies/general education requirements.

Under certain circumstances students who have not completed the requirements for entry into this major may be permitted to take communication courses while completing certain course requirements. These requirements are:
   • Completion of FSU’s liberal studies math requirement (two acceptable courses)
   • Completion of FSU’s Freshman Composition liberal studies courses (two acceptable courses)
   • Completion of all but 6 hours of the FSU liberal studies requirement.

Major Program of Studies at FSU:  36 hours
No grade below a C- will be accepted for any course in the major. Maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative GPA is required. The College of Applied Studies reserves the right to refuse admission or discontinue enrollment of any student at any time, if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student does not meet departmental or major standards.
Eight core courses (24 hours)

  • ADV 3008 (3) Principles of Advertising
  • COM 3120 (3) Communication for Organizing
  • COM 3310 (3) Communication Research Methods
  • COM 4945r (3) Communication Internship
  • PUR 3000 (3) Introduction to Public Relations
  • PUR 3100 (3) Writing for Public Relations
  • SPC 4360 (3) Interviewing
  • SPC 4540 (3) Persuasion

Advanced courses (12 hours)
Students select four (4) courses from the list of approved courses. Students who are admitted into the combined B.S./M.S. degree in Communication may be permitted to dually count up to twelve (12) credit hours of graduate communication coursework towards both the B.S. and the M.S. degree. Interested students should consult with their faculty advisor for more information about the combined program.

Language Requirement:
All students must meet the foreign language admission requirement. Students do not have an additional language requirement for the B.S. degree. The B.A. degree requires proficiency in a foreign language through the collegiate intermediate (22XX) level.

Minor Coursework:  12 hours or more.
Professional Communication majors must fulfill minor requirements outside the Communication major. Students should check with minor department for specific requirements. Minors must be approved by an advisor. A fifteen (15) hour interdepartmental minor is also possible, providing that the coursework is outside the Communication major and approved in advance.

Computer Skills Competency: 0-3 hours beyond major requirements. CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3) or COM 4470 (3).

Oral Communication Competency:  0-3 beyond major requirements.
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course. COM 3110 (Communication for Business and the Professions) or SPC 4620 (Strategic Speech Making), will satisfy this requirement.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
 Total Hrs. Required 120
 Liberal Studies 36
 Major Coursework 36
 Minor Coursework 12
 Language Requirement 0-12
 Computer Skills 0-3
 Oral Communication Competency 0-3 
 Electives to bring total credits to 120


  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  4. The B. A. degree requires a foreign language through the intermediate (2XXX) level or equivalent.

minor in Professional Communication is also offered.

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