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 (class of 2020 and beyond)

Required Courses (13.5 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 201 - Communication Theory and Research
  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Writing
  • COMM 300 - Junior Seminar
  • COMM 322 - COMM Careers Seminar (1 credit course)
  • COMM 499 - Portfolio Review (0.5 credit course)

Oral Presentation (3 credits)

Choose ONE.*

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

Visual Production (3 credits)

Choose ONE.*

  • COMM 219 - Design I
  • COMM 231 - Video Storytelling
  • COMM 269 - Web Design

Advanced Writing (3 credits)**

Choose ONE.*

  • COMM 301 - Journalism I - Reporting and Writing
  • COMM 304 - Magazine Writing
  • COMM 323 - Screenwriting
  • COMM 376 - PR Writing
  • COMM 383 - Creative Ad Writing

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

**Students also may choose to take a second Junior Seminar with a different professor, with permission of the chair.

18 credits of Electives, with at least 9 credits at the 300+ level.

Students choose from a wide selection of theoretical and skills-based courses. Students with well-defined interests in a traditional media area may elect to concentrate in advertising, broadcasting/video production, interactive media, journalism, public relations, or media economics. 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 and consider completing a senior project (COMM 487).

Honors Degree in Media and Communication

While all students may complete a senior project, those students who earn a "B" or better on the project and have a 3.5 GPA in the major will be granted an Honors Degree in Media and Communication.

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 oral presentation course from the following:
    • COMM 250 - Speech Communication
    • COMM 353 - Public Speaking
    • COMM 354 - Interviewing
  • Four additional COMM courses, with at least two taken at or above the 300 level.

Journalism Minor

  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Writing
  • COMM 301 - Journalism I: Newswriting & Reporting
  • COMM 302 - Journalism II: Advanced Newswriting & Reporting
  • Choose three electives from the following:
    • COMM 304 - Magazine Writing
    • COMM 305 - News Editing
    • COMM 308 - Feature Writing
    • COMM 310 - Sports Reporting
    • COMM 314 - News Practicum
    • COMM 324 - Sports Production* (requires COMM 231)
    • COMM 336 - Photo II: Media & Documentary* (requires COMM 236)
    • COMM 361 - Documentary Production* (requires COMM 231)
    • COMM 362 - Interactive Media Design* (requires COMM 269 and DIGC 158)
    • COMM 365 - Broadcast Journalism* (requires COMM 231)
    • COMM 487 - Senior Project

*Students may petition the chair of the department to count as a minor elective at most one of the prerequisites for these five courses.

Strategic Communication Minor

  • COMM 270 - Introduction to Public Relations*
  • COMM 281 - Introduction to Advertising
  • COMM 349 - Media Management and 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/PSYC 352 - Group Dynamics
    • COMM 363 - Media Research and Analytics
    • COMM 372 - Public Relations Case Studies
    • COMM 374 - Non-Profit Management
    • COMM/SPST 375 - Sport and Social Media
    • COMM 376 - PR Writing
    • COMM 377 - Advanced Media Relations
    • COMM 381 - Ad Portfolio Development
    • COMM 383 - Creative Ad Writing
    • COMM 445 - Advanced Media Management Research
    • COMM 449 - Media Entrepreneurship
    • COMM 472 - Advanced PR Programs and Management
    • COMM 481 - Advertising Strategy and Production
    • DIGC 245 - SQ Visualizing Data

*Marketing majors who are strategic communication minors may overlap COMM 253 and COMM 270 if COMM 270 is chosen as a marketing elective.

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