Michael O. Wirth, Dean
Joan R. Rentsch, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Betty Bradley, Director of Advising
The College of Communication and Information fosters among students a sense of the legal and ethical responsibilities of access to information and the exercise of expression in a democratic society. Additionally, the College serves the professional goals of preparing students for careers in communication and information.
The College includes four schools – School of Advertising and Public Relations, School of Communication Studies, School of Information Sciences, and School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Four undergraduate majors are offered – advertising, communication studies, journalism and electronic media, and public relations.
Programs for which accrediting is available are fully accredited. The advertising, journalism and electronic media, and public relations programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The information sciences master’s program is accredited by the American Library Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Study Abroad programs are strongly encouraged in the College of Communication and Information. Students may select from a wide variety of faculty-led summer programs. CCI faculty members currently lead study abroad groups to Cyprus, London, Ireland, Italy, France, Australia, and Belgium. Students may also choose to participate in semester-long study abroad programs. Communication and Information courses are available at selected universities in Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Students are encouraged to check the study abroad link on the college web site at www.cci.utk.edu.
The College, or one of its units, is a member of the Advertising Research Foundation; American Academy of Advertising; American Advertising Federation; American Library Association; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; Association of Library and Information Sciences Education; Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication; Broadcast Education Association; National Communication Association; Public Relations Society of America; Society of Professional Journalists; Southern States Communication Association; Special Libraries Association; Tennessee Library Association; and Tennessee Press Association.
College Core Areas
Students in the Schools of Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, and Journalism and Electronic Media study the following core areas.
- Theory and research
- Free speech, law and ethics
Each unit designates a course (or courses) to fulfill the requirements.
Satisfactory/No Credit Option
No course that is part of the specific requirements of the college or of a student’s major can be taken under this option. With the exception of field experience courses or practica, this option applies only to general or unrestricted electives.
uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)
Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.
Unless a declared honors major, students majoring or minoring in Communication Studies must complete all uTrack milestone requirements prior to enrolling in any 300- or 400-level Communication Studies courses.
Transfer students entering the College in Fall 2013 or later are required to meet the progression requirement for their major.
Students in the communication studies major must complete at least 30 hours of coursework with a minimum 2.0 UT cumulative GPA and CMST 201 - Introduction to Communication Studies or CMST 207 - Honors: Introduction to Communication Studies with at least a C– no later than the end of their second semester at UT Knoxville. All courses in the core progression
must be taken at UT Knoxville.
Students in the journalism and electronic media major must complete at least 30 hours of coursework (minimum of 12 credit hours at UT Knoxville) with a minimum 2.0 UT cumulative GPA and JREM 175 - Principles and History of Journalism and Media no later than the end of their second semester at UT Knoxville.
Students in the advertising or public relations major must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at UT Knoxville, with a minimum 2.5 UT cumulative GPA, and have completed
no later than the end of their third semester at UT Knoxville. All courses in the core Advertising progression
must be taken at UT Knoxville.
Transfer students in other UT colleges interested in a major in the College of Communication and Information will be required to meet the progression requirement or milestones for their intended major. Students should contact an advisor in the CCI Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising regarding their eligibility for the major.
Until a student has met the progression requirement or milestones for their major, they may not enroll in College courses numbered 300 or above.
Communication and Information students readmitted to the University are readmitted into the College. Upon readmission, an advisor in the College’s Center for Undergraduate Studies and Advising will evaluate the student’s eligibility for their intended major.
Requirements for Graduation
The Bachelor of Science in Communication is awarded to majors who complete a program of at least 120 hours prescribed under the advertising, journalism and electronic media, or public relations requirements. At least 77 hours must be taken in courses other than communication and information, journalism and electronic media, advertising, and/or public relations, with no fewer than 65 hours from the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all College courses used to fulfill graduation requirements.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is awarded to communication studies majors who successfully complete the 120 hours prescribed under the communication studies requirements. Students must earn at least a C– in all communication studies courses completed for the hours to count toward requirements for the major. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all College courses used to fulfill graduation requirements. CMST 312 - Survey of Interpersonal Communication, CMST 342 - Survey of Organizational Communication, CMST 352 - Communication Theory, CMST 356 - Research Methods in Communication Studies, and CMST 499 - Proseminar in Communication Studies must be completed at UT Knoxville.
For both the BA and BS, at least 18 hours in major courses must be taken at UT Knoxville.
Disciplinary minors are offered in communication studies, information studies and technology, and journalism and electronic media. Students interested in a disciplinary minor should contact the director of the appropriate school. At least six of the credit hours required for a minor must be completed at UT Knoxville.