Department of Communication

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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:
Subject Course Title Credits
COM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COM 101 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 300 Communication Law and Ethics 3
COM 350 Communication Writing 3
COM 400 Communication Research 3
COM 403 Mass Communication Theory 3
COM 490 Communication Internship 3
or
COM 491 Communication Internship 6
Total 21-24
Electives:
Communication majors must select 15 semester hours of courses from the following:
COM 115 Introduction to Video Editing
COM 120 Television Production I
COM 174 Resources, Research and Responsibilities
COM 210 Photography I
COM 215 Media Aesthetics
COM 220 Television Production II
COM 230 Basic Speech
COM 241 Introduction to Radio and Audio Production
COM 245 Digital/Analog Audio Production: Radio/Video/Internet
COM 260 Introduction to Public Relations
COM 270 Advertising Essentials
COM 301 Persuasion
COM 310 Digital Photography
COM 312 Professional Presentations
COM 320 Television Production III
COM 321 History of Communication
COM 325 Motion Graphics and Visual Effects for Film & Video
COM 330 Organizational Communication
COM 340 Broadcast Management
COM 351 Contemporary Print Journalism
COM 355 Radio and Television News Writing
COM 357 Scriptwriting
COM 358 Scriptwriting and Presentation
COM 361 Publication Design
COM 364 Public Relations Writing Methods
COM 372 International Advertising and Public Relations
COM 373 Advertising Copywriting
COM 420 Workshop in Television
COM 425 Advanced Television Workshop: News
COM 430 Non-Linear Editing
COM 435 Documentary Production
COM 440 Workshop in Radio and Audio
COM 450 Advanced Journalism
COM 460 Special Topics in Communication
COM 464 Public Relations Crisis Management
COM 468 Public Relations Campaigns
COM 476 Advertising Media Planning
COM 478 Advertising Campaigns
Concentrations:
The following are concentrations within the Communication major
The recommened course sequence for students planning to enter careers in Television is:
COM 120 Television Production I
COM 220 Television Production II
COM 320 Television Production III
COM 420 Television Directing
The recommended course sequence for students planning to enter careers in Radio and Audio Production is:
COM 241 Intro Radio and Audio Production 
COM 245 Digital/Analog Audio Production: Radio/Video/Internet
COM 340 Broadcast Management
COM 440 Workshop in Radio and Audio
Students planning to enter careers concentrating on Journalism should take this sequence of courses:
COM 351 Contemporary Print Journalism
COM 355 Radio and Television News Writing
COM 361 Publication Design
COM 450 Advanced Journalism
Students planning to enter careers in Photography should take this sequence of courses:
COM 210 Photography I 
COM 215 Media Aesthetics
COM 310 Digital Photography
COM 361 Publication Design
Students planning to enter careers concentrating on Media Writing should take this sequence:
COM 351 Contemporary Print Journalism
COM 355 Radio and Television News Writing
COM 357 Scriptwriting
COM 373 Advertising Copywriting
Students planning to enter careers concentrating on Advertising should take this sequence:
COM 270 Advertising Essentials
COM 370 Advertising Copywriting
COM 476 Advertising Media Planning
COM 478 Advertising Campaigns
Students planning to enter careers concentrating on Public Relations should take this sequence:
COM 260 Introduction to Public Relations
COM 364 Public Relations Writing Methods
COM 464 Public Relations Crisis Management
COM 468 Public Relations Campaigns
Recommended Course Sequence: Communication Major (BA)
Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule.
First Year:
ENG 100 College Writing 3
MAT *** Math Course Beyond Alegebra II 3
CSC 100 Computer Concepts 3
General Education Requirements 12-15
COM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COM 101 Interpersonal Communication 3
General Electives 0-3
Total 30
Second Year:
General Education Requirements 12-15
Foreign Language 0-6
COM *** Communication Electives 6
Minor 3
General Electives 0-9
Total 30
Third Year:
General Education Requirements 4-7
COM 300 Communication Law and Ethics 3
COM 350 Communication Writing 3
COM *** Communication Elective 3
Minor 6
General Electives 8-11
Total 30
Fourth Year:
General Education Requirements 3-6
COM 400 Communications Research 3
COM 403 Mass Communication Theory 3
COM 490/491 Communication Internship 3-6
COM *** Communication Elective 6
Minor 6
General Electives 3-6
Total 30
Total Credits
 

 

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