College of Arts and Sciences

Communication Studies

Curriculum for Comm Studies Majors

All Communication Studies majors take 10 required courses, including five core courses and five option courses.

Core Courses

COM 200 Communications Theory & Practice;
COM 201 Ethics in Communication
COM 371 Civic Media
COM/MKT 303 Integrated Marketing Communications (not for business majors)
COM 472 Digital Storytelling

The five remaining courses in the major may be chosen from a broad set of options, including the Communication Internship, which is recommended:

Option Courses (select five) COM 371 Social Media
COM 471 Visual Rhetorics
COM 473 Special Topics in Digital Rhetorics
COM 491 Communication Internship

ART 173 Digital Photography I
ART 273 Digital Photography II
ART 373 Digital Photography III

MTF 282 Screenwriting I (The Short)
MTF 284 Digital Filmmaking
MTF 382 Screenwriting II (The Feature)
MTF 383 Film Directing
MTF 384 Digital Cinematography
MTF 386 Editing & Digital Post-Production
MTF 393 Professional Film Production Workshop
(Communications majors are limited to three MTF courses)

ENG 206 Public Speaking & Presentation: Rhetoric in Modern Practice
ENG 261 Introduction to Reporting and Writing
ENG 263 Writing for Organizations
ENG 344 Screenwriting
ENG 362 Literary Journalism
ENG 363 Online News Production
ENG 448 Magazine Writing
ENG 451 Food Writing
ENG 462 Narrative Journalism
ENG 463 Advanced Multimedia Journalism
ENG 464 Sports Journalism
ENG 465 Special Topics in Journalism
ENG 490 Journalism Internship

MKT 315 Multicultural Marketing
MKT 321 Advertising
MKT 323 Media Management
MKT 324 Public Relations
MKT 325 Applied Design

Communication majors must also take three courses in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) as part of the Integrated Learning Component (ILC) of the GEP. These courses must be outside of the major department. To fulfill the ILC requirement, students should choose three courses from the following:

HIS 387 Popular Culture in the United States
LIN 101 Introduction to Linguistics
LIN 200 Language & Culture
LIN 317 Sociolinguistics
LIN 340 Communication in Social Contexts: “Can You Hear Me Now?”
LIN 401 Bilingualism and Language Diversity
PHL/LIN 474 Language & Thought
PHL/LIN 475 Language & Meaning
THE 371 Christianity & Media
THE 372 Technology Ethics
SOC 252 Media & Popular Culture