Media and Communication Program Requirements


Please Note: The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most current Media and Communication program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


B.A. in Media and Communication

Required Courses (10 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Writing
  • COMM 322 - COMM Careers Seminar (1 credit course)
  • COMM 420 - Communication Seminar

Oral Presentation (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.*

  • COMM 250 - Speech Communication
  • COMM 353 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 354 - Interviewing

Media Perspectives (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.*

  • COMM 205 - P3 Media Issues in Contemporary Culture
  • COMM 264 - P1 History of Television and Radio
  • COMM 270 - Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 281 - Introduction to Advertising
  • COMM 326 - Media Literacy
  • COMM 346 - Media Law
  • COMM 347 - P3 International Communication & Media
  • COMM 367 - Emergent Media & Web Culture

Visual Presentation (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.*

  • COMM 231 - Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 236 - Photo I: Art Photography
  • COMM 269 - Web Design
  • COMM 309 - Design & Publishing
  • COMM 332 - Television Production
  • COMM 336 - Photo II: Media & Documentary
  • COMM 431 - Advanced Video Production
  • COMM 468 - Advanced Web Design

*After the particular area requirement is met from among listed courses, other courses in that area may be taken as electives.

Electives (18 credits)

Any six courses from a wide selection of conceptual and skills-based courses, including additional courses from the area requirement lists, may be chosen. Students with well-defined career interests in a traditional media area may elect to concentrate among courses in advertising, broadcasting/media production, journalism, or public relations. However, formal paths or concentrations are not required and students, in consultation with an academic advisor, should select a set of electives best tailored to their career goals. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship (COMM 490) for elective credit.

Media and Communication Minors

The Media and Communication major requires a minor taken in another department or program. The minors listed on this page may not be taken to fulfill that requirement.

All minors require 18 credits.

Media and Communication Minor

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • At least 1 speech course from the following:
    • COMM 250 - Speech Communication
    • COMM 353 - Public Speaking
    • COMM 354 - Interviewing
  • Four additional Media and Communication courses, with at least two taken at or above the 300 level

Journalism Minor

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Writing
  • COMM 301 - Journalism I: Newswriting & Reporting
  • Choose three electives from the following:
    • COMM 302 - Journalism II: Advanced Newswriting & Reporting
    • COMM 304 - Magazine Writing
    • COMM 305 - News Editing
    • COMM 308 - Feature Writing
    • COMM 310 - Sports Reporting
    • COMM 311 - Magazine Writing for Publication
    • COMM 314 - News Practicum (may be taken twice)
    • COMM 336 - Photo II: Media & Documentary
    • COMM 365 - Broadcast Journalism I
    • COMM 366 - Broadcast Journalism II
    • COMM 487 - Senior Project

Strategic Communication Minor

    • COMM 270 - Introduction to Public Relations*
    • COMM 281 - Introduction to Advertising
    • COMM 349 - Media Managment & Economics
    • Choose three electives from the following:
      • COMM 250 - Speech Communication -OR- COMM 353 - Public Speaking (not both)
      • COMM 253 - Business Communication*
      • COMM 267 - Social Media Management
      • COMM 363 - Web Analytics
      • COMM 372 - Public Relations Case Studies
      • COMM 374 - Non-Profit Management
      • COMM 376 - Advanced PR/Integrated Marketing Communications
      • COMM 377 - Advanced Media Relations
      • COMM 383 - Creative Ad Writing: Print
      • COMM 384 - Creative Ad Writing: Electronic

*Marketing majors who are Strategic Communication minors may overlap COMM 253 and COMM 270 if COMM 270 is chosen as a Marketing elective option.

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