Communication Major

Communication Major:
BS Degree Requirements

Objectives 
The Communication major is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in mass media, including television, radio, media writing, journalism, photography, advertising, and public relations as well as for students who wish to enter and succeed in high-quality graduate programs in communication or related fields.  Required introductory and advanced courses in mass media theory and research and telecommunication policy give students a strong theoretical foundation which is complemented by the practical experience they gain through production classes and internships.

Admission to the Program
Students majoring in Communication are required to register their intent with the department no later than the beginning of their sophomore year in order that an academically strong program may be developed for them.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all previous college work to become a Communication major.  Students are expected to be thoroughly prepared in the liberal arts and sciences as well as meet the specific requirements of the degree.

Retention in the Program
A Communication major whose cumulative GPA in Communication courses falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the major.

The following courses are required for all Communication majors:

All students majoring in Communication are required to take the following courses:
SubjectCourseTitleCredits
COM100Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM101Interpersonal Communication3
COM300Communication Law and Ethics3
COM350Communication Writing3
COM400Communication Research3
COM403Mass Communication Theory3
COM490Communication Internship3
or
COM491Communication Internship6
Total21-24
Electives:
Communication majors must select 15 semester hours of courses from the following:
COM115Introduction to Video Editing
COM120Television Production I
COM174Resources, Research and Responsibilities
COM210Photography I
COM215Media Aesthetics
COM220Television Production II
COM230Basic Speech
COM241Introduction to Radio and Audio Production
COM245Digital/Analog Audio Production: Radio/Video/Internet
COM260Introduction to Public Relations
COM270Advertising Essentials
COM301Persuasion
COM310Digital Photography
COM312Professional Presentations
COM320Television Production III
COM321History of Communication
COM325Motion Graphics and Visual Effects for Film & Video
COM330Organizational Communication
COM340Broadcast Management
COM351Contemporary Print Journalism
COM355Radio and Television News Writing
COM357Scriptwriting
COM358Scriptwriting and Presentation
COM361Publication Design
COM364Public Relations Writing Methods
COM372International Advertising and Public Relations
COM373Advertising Copywriting
COM420Workshop in Television
COM425Advanced Television Workshop: News
COM430Non-Linear Editing
COM435Documentary Production
COM440Workshop in Radio and Audio
COM450Advanced Journalism
COM460Special Topics in Communication
COM464Public Relations Crisis Management
COM468Public Relations Campaigns
COM476Advertising Media Planning
COM478Advertising Campaigns
Concentrations:
The following are concentrations within the Communication major
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Television should take this sequence of courses:
COM120Television Production I
COM220Television Production II
COM320Television Production III
COM420Television Directing
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Radio and Audio Production should take this sequence of courses:
COM241Intro Radio and Audio Production
COM245Digital/Analog Audio Production: Radio/Video/Internet
COM340Broadcast Management
COM440Workshop in Radio and Audio
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Journalism should take this sequence of courses:
COM351Contemporary Print Journalism
COM355Radio and Television News Writing
COM361Publication Design
COM450Advanced Journalism
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Photography should take this sequence of courses:
COM210Photography I
COM215Media Aesthetics
COM310Digital Photography
COM361Publication Design
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Media Writing should take this sequence:
COM351Contemporary Print Journalism
COM355Radio and Television News Writing
COM357Scriptwriting
COM373Advertising Copywriting
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Advertising should take this sequence:
COM270Advertising Essentials
COM370Advertising Copywriting
COM476Advertising Media Planning
COM478Advertising Campaigns
Students planning to enter careers concentrating in Public Relations should take this sequence:
COM260Introduction to Public Relations
COM364Public Relations Writing Methods
COM464Public Relations Crisis Management
COM468Public Relations Campaigns
 
Recommended Course Sequence: Communication Major (BA)
Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule.
First Year:
ENG100College Writing3
MAT***Math Course Beyond Alegebra II3
CSC100Computer Concepts3
General Education Requirements12-15
COM100Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM101Interpersonal Communication3
General Electives0-3
Total30
Second Year:
General Education Requirements12-15
Foreign Language0-6
COM***Communication Electives6
Minor3
General Electives0-9
Total30
Third Year:
General Education Requirements4-7
COM300Communication Law and Ethics3
COM350Communication Writing3
COM***Communication Elective3
Minor6
General Electives8-11
Total30
Fourth Year:
General Education Requirements3-6
COM400Communications Research3
COM403Mass Communication Theory3
COM490/491Communication Internship3-6
COM***Communication Elective6
Minor6
General Electives3-6
Total30
Total Credits120

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