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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 327 – Television Writing (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 are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship (COMM 490) for elective credit. No more than six credits of Internship coursework may be applied to the major.

*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 communication are not eligible to earn a minor in strategic communication. Majors may however, minor in interactive media or video game design.


Inclusive Childhood Education Major with a Liberal Arts Major/Concentration in Media and Communication

Students pursuing certification in inclusive childhood education must declare either a second major or a concentration in a liberal arts field. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Inclusive childhood education students who wish to pursue a dual major with media and communication take all of the major requirements as listed above, in addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details). If an inclusive childhood education major wishes to concentrate in media and communication, the media and communication department has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for a liberal arts concentration in this field:

  • COMM 100 – Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 201 – Communication Theory and Research (3)
  • COMM 219 – Design I (3)
  • COMM 231 – Video Storytelling (3)
  • Choose ONE:
    • COMM 250 – Speech Communication (3)
    • COMM 353 – Public Speaking (3)
  • COMM 295 – Multimedia Journalism (3)
  • COMM 300 – Junior Seminar (3)
  • COMM electives (9)

Total: 30 hours


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.