Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Communications (BS)

CIP Code

90195 and 60267

The Department offers four specializations in the Communications Bachelor of Science degree program.

Students must elect one of the following: Media Studies, Corporate Communications, Design and Digital Media, or Journalism.

General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  51-58 credits 
Electives  20-27 credits
Total Credits Required  120

Major Requirements

History and Theory of Communications

A grade of C or higher is required in COM 150.

CIN 100Introduction to Film(RLA)(CE)

3

COM 150Introduction to Communications(RLA)

4

COM 203Theories of Communications(RLA)

4

 

CIN 220Film History(RLA)

4

OR

COM 200Media and Culture(RLA)

4

OR

COM 205Media Industries(RLA)

4

OR

COM 220History of Radio and Television(RLA)

4

OR

COM 230History of Print Media(RLA)

4

OR

COM 232History of Design and Digital Media(RLA)

4

Practical and Applied

COM 115Introduction to Design and Digital Media Environments(RNL)

1

COM 315Media Analysis(RLA)

4

COM 390Media Internship(RNL)

3-4

COM 450Senior Seminar in Communications Research(RLA)

4

Foreign Language Requirement

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Media Studies Specialization

CIN 111Video I(RNL)

3

Two of the following

CIN 204/POL 219Politics, Cinema, Media(TALA)(CO)

4

CIN 206/COM 206African Americans in the Media(RLA)

4

CIN 208/AMS 208/COM 208Latina/o Media(RLA)

4

CIN 240Third Cinema(RLA)

4

CIN 271Women and Film(RLA)

4

CIN 309Electronic Media: Alternative Video Histories(RLA)

4

COM 225Multicultural Literacy(RLA)

4

COM 325East Asian Popular Culture(RLA)

4

COM 371Media and the Margins(RLA)

4

One of the following:

CIN 120Video II(RNL)

3

COM 240Media Workshop: Acting, Directing, and Producing for the Media(RNL)

3

COM 250Typography and Design(RNL)

3

COM 251Digital Imaging I(RNL)

3

COM 261Television Studio Production(RNL)

3

COM 270Radio Production(RNL)

3

Two of the following:

CIN 211Cinematography(RNL)

3

CIN 212Documentary Video(RNL)

3

COM 317Information Design(RNL)

4

CIN 318Advanced TV Studio Production(RLA)

4

COM 320Motion Graphics(RNL)

4

COM 370Web Design, Graphics, and Theory(RLA)

4

One of the following:

COM 415Media Audiences(RLA)

4

COM 420Global Media(RLA)

4

COM 425Media Regulation(RLA)

4

OR

Corporate Communications Specialization

COM 205Media Industries(RLA)

4

COM 332History and Theory of Advertising and Public Relations(RLA)

4

COM 432Corporate Communications Practices(RLA)

4

One of the following:

BUS 100Introduction to Business(RNL)

3

MGT 110Organizational Theory and Management(RNL)

3

MKT 111Marketing(RNL)

3

One of the following:

COM 251Digital Imaging I(RNL)

3

ENL 277Introduction to Journalism(RLA)

4

MKT 211Advertising(RNL)

4

MKT 310Consumer Behavior(RNL)

4

One of the following:

COM 341Communications Design Workshop(RNL)

4

COM 370Web Design, Graphics, and Theory(RLA)

4

COM 415Media Audiences(RLA)

4

COM 420Global Media(RLA)

4

COM 425Media Regulation(RLA)

4

COM 465Writing for the Media(RLA)

4

COM 475Writing for Advertising and Public Relations(RLA)

4

OR

Design and Digital Media Specialization

COM 250Typography and Design(RNL)

3

COM 251Digital Imaging I(RNL)

3

COM 370Web Design, Graphics, and Theory(RLA)

4

Two of the following:

COM 313Principles of Editorial Design: Integration of Writing and Graphics(RLA)

4

COM 317Information Design(RNL)

4

COM 341Communications Design Workshop(RNL)

4

COM 351Digital Imaging II(RNL)

4

One of the following:

COM 320Motion Graphics(RNL)

4

COM 380Web Design, Animation, and Theory(RNL)

4

COM 451Advanced Design and Digital Media Workshop(RLA)

4

COM 492Senior Project for Design and Digital Media(RNL)

4

One of the following courses:

CIN 111Video I(RNL)

3

ART 130Introductory Painting(RNL)

3

ART 245Printmaking(RNL)

3

COM 313Principles of Editorial Design: Integration of Writing and Graphics(RLA)

4

COM 320Motion Graphics(RNL)

4

COM 332History and Theory of Advertising and Public Relations(RLA)

4

COM 341Communications Design Workshop(RNL)

4

COM 351Digital Imaging II(RNL)

4

COM 380Web Design, Animation, and Theory(RNL)

4

COM 475Writing for Advertising and Public Relations(RLA)

4

PHO 101Introduction to Photography(CE)

3

OR

Journalism Specialization

COM 204Introduction to Online Journalism(RLA)

4

COM 277Introduction to Journalism(RLA)

4

Two of the following:

COM 412Broadcast Journalism(RLA)

4

COM 438Newspaper Reporting(RLA)

4

COM 446Digital Design for Journalists(RLA)

4

One of the following:

COM 445/ENL 445Journalism and Society(RLA)

4

COM 480/ENL 480Studies in Advanced Journalism(RLA)

4

One of the following:

ENL 433Nonfiction Writing(RLA)

4

ENL 440Magazine Writing(RLA)

4

ENL 441Writing about Media(RLA)

4

CIN 212Documentary Video(RNL)

3

COM 465Writing for the Media(RLA)

4

COM 475Writing for Advertising and Public Relations(RLA)

4

Total Credit Hours: 51-58

Total Credit Hours: 120

It is strongly recommended that students majoring in Communications also elect a minor. The choice of a minor should be developed in accordance with the student’s career objectives in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Honors

To graduate with honors in Communications, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in communications courses and must complete an honors thesis or project approved by a faculty advisor.