PROCEDURES TO REQUEST COURSE EQUIVALENCY FOR STUDY ABROAD COURSES BY COMMUNICATION MAJORS
Tulane students who plan to attend a study abroad program and who would like to receive credit for courses that can count toward the Communication major should follow the procedures outlined in this document.
Students should be aware that they can take only two of the ten required courses of the Communication Major outside the department (Click here for the Communication Major requirements). This limit includes credit transfers from other institutions and from study abroad courses. For example, if you have already transferred credit of one Communication course from another institution, you can only take one Communication course for credit while abroad.
Course equivalency can be approved only to electives. Communication majors cannot take the foundational course (COMM 2900) or core courses (COMM 3140, COMM 3150, COMM 3160, COMM 3240, COMM 3250, COMM 3260, and COMM 3350) outside Tulane University’s Department of Communication. Online courses are not accepted for equivalency in the Communication major.
Once a study abroad program has been identified, Communication majors should follow these procedures:
Please be aware that you should select courses that will help you fulfill the Communication major requirements. For example, you don’t need more than two 2000-level electives. Thus, if you already have taken two 2000-level electives, you should try to find courses that could be considered equivalent to a 3000-level or a 4000-level elective.
Courses taken abroad can be approved as equivalent to a 2000-level, a 3000-level or a 4000-level Communication elective. Most 2000-level courses are introductory or survey courses, often based on lectures, tests, and a textbook. On the other hand, 3000-level and 4000-level courses generally have more substantial and challenging readings and are often based on seminar discussions and research papers. Students should be aware that most courses taken abroad are approved as equivalent to a 2000-level or a 3000-level elective. They rarely satisfy requirements for a 4000-level elective.
Good luck with your application process!