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Media and Communication Program Requirements

Program requirements include a departmental “core” of courses and a one-credit career exploration seminar, along with area-selection courses that address oral presentation and advanced writing skills and visual production skills.

B.A. in Media and Communication

All courses that apply to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major. At least one half of the courses applied to the major—a minimum of 20.5 credits—must be taken in residence at St. John Fisher College.

Requirements

Communication/Journalism Core - 16.5 credits

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 201 - Communication Theory and Research (3)
  • COMM 295 - Multimedia Journalism (3)
  • COMM 300 - Junior Seminar (3)
  • COMM 322 - COMM Career Seminar (1)
  • COMM 346 - Media Law and Ethics (3)
  • COMM 486 - Portfolio Review (0.5)

Oral Presentation Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE* course from the following group.

  • COMM 250 - Speech Communication (3)
  • COMM 353 - Public Speaking (3)
  • COMM 354 - Interviewing (3)

Visual Presentation Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE* course from the following group.

  • COMM 219 - Design I (3)
  • COMM 231 - Video Storytelling (3)
  • COMM 269 - Web Design (3)

Advanced Writing Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE* course from the following group.

  • COMM 300 - Junior Seminar (3) **
  • COMM 301 - Emergent Journalism (3)
  • COMM 302 - Community Journalism (3)
  • COMM 304 - Magazine Writing (3)
  • COMM 308 - Enterprise Journalism (3)
  • COMM 323 - Screenwriting (3)
  • COMM 376 - PR Writing (3)
  • COMM 383 - Creative Ad Writing (3)

Electives - 15 credits

Choose 15 credits of COMM coursework (at least 6 credits chosen at the 300 level or above) from a wide selection of conceptual and skills-based courses.

Students with well-defined career interests in a traditional media area may elect to concentrate among courses in advertising, broadcasting/media production, journalism, design/interactive media, media economics, 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.

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

**COMM 300 - Junior Seminar may be taken more than once if topic is different

Total: 40.5 credits

Students working toward a B.A. in media and communications are not eligible to earn a minor in journalism or strategic communication. Majors may however, minor in interactive media with no more than one course overlap with the major.


Minor in Media and Communication

A grade point average of 2.00 is required of courses taken in residence in the minor.

Requirements

Required Courses - 6 credits

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • COMM 250 - Speech Communication (3)
    • COMM 353 - Public Speaking (3)
    • COMM 354 - Interviewing (3)

Electives - 12 credits

  • Four additional media and communication courses, with at least two taken at or above the 300-level.

Total: 18 credits

Note: Generally, only one course applied to a student's major may also be used to satisfy a requirement in the media and communication minor. However, marketing or human resource management majors who are also minors in media and communication may overlap COMM 253 and one other COMM course if that course is chosen as an elective in those majors.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.