Communication/Journalism Major Requirements


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


B.A. in Communication/Journalism

Requirements for the class of 2015 and beyond (37 credits)

Required Courses (10 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Writing
  • COMM 322 - Communication Careers Seminar (1 credit course)
  • COMM 420 - Senior 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 263 - Digital Media.Social Media
  • COMM 309 - Design & Publishing
  • COMM 332 - Television Production*
  • COMM 334 - Photography for the Media
  • COMM 369 - Web Design
  • COMM 431 - Advanced Video Production*
  • COMM 468 - Advanced Web Design*

*These three courses have prerequisites and typically are not used to fulfill this requirement, counting as electives instead. Students with transfer credit may be able to use one of them to fulfill the Visual Presentation requirement.

Electives (18 credits)

A wide selection of conceptual and skills-based courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements. Students are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to complete one or two internships for elective credit. COMM 199 does not fulfill any major requirements.


B.A. in Communication/Journalism*

Requirements for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014* (39 credits)

*Students in these classes wishing to follow the new requirements should speak to a C/J faculty member about the logistics of switching catalogs.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 205 - Media Issues in Contemporary Culture
  • COMM 264 - History of TV and Radio
  • COMM 270 - Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM 301 - Journalism I
  • COMM 420 - Senior Seminar

Advertising (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.

  • COMM 281 - Introduction to Advertising
  • COMM 383 - Creative Ad Writing: Print
  • COMM 384 - Creating Ad Writing: Broadcast

Oral Presentation (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.

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

Visual Presentation (3 credits)

Choose ONE. Others may be taken as electives.

  • COMM 231 - Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 263 - Digital Media.Social Media
  • COMM 309 - Design and Publishing
  • COMM 332 - Television Production**
  • COMM 334 - Photography for the Media
  • COMM 369 - Web Design
  • COMM 431 - Advanced Video Production**
  • COMM 468 - Advanced Web Design**

**These three courses have prerequisites and typically are not used to fulfill this requirement, counting as electives instead. Students with transfer credit may be able to use one of them to fulfill the Visual Presentation requirement.

Electives (12 credits)

A wide selection of conceptual and skills-based courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements. Students are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to complete one or two internships for elective credit. COMM 199 does not fulfill any major requirements.

Notes

  • Students must either complete a minor or second major to fulfill Fisher's graduation requirements.
  • Typical minors include English, Digital Cultures and Technologies, History, Political Science, Sports Management, Marketing or Management. Any minor that matches a student's interests and career goals is acceptable.
  • Students may also pair a C/J degree with a second degree program offered at Fisher to create new career options. Popular choices pair a C/J degree with a degree in political science for students who wish to pursue careers in public affairs or law, and English for students who wish to strengthen their writing skills.

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