Accelerated B.A. Communication, Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change

Accelerated BA to MA Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Communication, Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change Track Accelerated Criteria 

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor's degree students in Communication, Corporate Communication Emphasis, Advertising Track a "fast-track" option to pursue graduate-level coursework towards the Master in Arts degree during the last two semesters of undergraduate coursework and count up to 9 credits of that coursework towards completion of the bachelor's degree.  For details on application and admission into the Accelerated program, please see (Communication).

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7- CMP 2205
Objective 8- CMP 2203
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements

Rhetoric Core
CMP 2205Argumentation (Fulfills Objective 7)3
CMP 2209Persuasion3
CMP 2286Visual Rhetoric3
CMP 3383Activism and Social Change3
CMP 4483/5583Rhetoric of Popular Culture3
CMP 4487/5587Rhetorical Theory3
CMP 4488/5588Rhetorical Criticism3
Media Affairs Core
CMP 2203Media Literacy (Fulfills Objective 8)3
CMP 2241Introduction to Public Relations3
CMP 3382Political Communication3
CMP 4404/5504Gender and Communication3
CMP 4410/5510Mass Media History, Law, and Ethics3
Career Track Electives 9
Complete 9 credits from other course offerings in the CMP curriculum, at least six (6) of which are at the 3000-level or above.
Students should meet with their major advisor to help plan their Career Track Elective courses.
Students in the accelerated BA to MA program can use a total of nine credits of 5000/6000-level graduate coursework from the Communication, Media, & Persuasion Department in any of these three areas:
Upper division Core Courses
Upper division Career Track Electives
Upper division Required Track Courses
Total Credits45

 ​Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed.)42
Upper Division Free Electives9
Free Electives32
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Master of Arts in Communication