Communication & Media Studies Degree

Communication & Media Studies

Media of communication play a crucial role in shaping the world we live in: from the press, to social media, to film and to other entertainment media. The Communication and Media studies curriculum teaches students the foundation of ethical and effective communication in a cross-cultural context. The curriculum includes a wide range of topics, addressing important issues such as media criticism, message design, media processes and effects. Students are expected to develop analytical, leadership, teamwork skills, and the ability to articulate, in verbal and written forms, ideas in the contemporary media landscape.

Program Outcomes—Upon completing a major program in Communication and Media Studies, students will:

  • Understand history and diversity of the communication discipline.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication theory and application.
  • Think critically to develop innovative and well-founded perspectives.
  • Broaden knowledge of role of media in various cultures.
  • Use technology to communicate effectively in various settings and contexts.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and professional ethical behavior.

B.A. in Communication & Media Studies (39 hours)

Core Requirements (12 hours)

  • COMM 110 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 200 Mass Communication and Society (3)
  • COMM 360 Communication Theory and Method (3)
  • COMM 490 Senior Seminar (3)

Major Electives: Choose Seven (21 hours)

  • COMM 201 Introduction to Strategic Communication (3)
  • COMM 211 Media Writing (3)
  • COMM 280 Gender, Race and Culture (3)
  • COMM 301 The Internet and Society (3)
  • COMM 326 Issues in Global Communication (3)
  • COMM 353 Organizational Communication (3)
  • COMM 399R Internship in Communication (3)
  • COMM 410 Political Communication (3)
  • COMM 420 Media and Culture (3)
  • COMM 430 Media Law and Ethics (3)

Other Electives: Choose Two (6 hours)

  • ANTH 391, 445, 460
  • FILM 102, 300
  • HIST 3XX, 423
  • HUM 151, 251, 3XX
  • PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics

No grades lower than C- will be accepted. A student must leave the major after failing to obtain at least a C- grade for the same major course after taking it twice, and no more than 3 major courses may be repeated more than once.