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Communication Major Curriculum

Classes in the communication department allow majors to become well-rounded in the mass media and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the rapidly changing field of communication.

Printable version of the Communication Core.

Concentrations

Students majoring in communication can choose from one of four concentrations:

  • Journalism - Includes the study of reporting, editing, desktop publishing and photography for newspaper, magazines and other publications
  • Public Relations - Concentrates on effectively communicating publicity through writing, speech and visual media
  • Sports Communication - Prepares for careers as sports journalists or public relations professionals specializing in sports
  • Visual Communication - Integrates graphic design, photography, photojournalism, videography and web design

Minors are also available in journalism, public relations and speech.  

Degree requirements

To earn a degree in communication, 39 hours must be completed in the major. Communication majors are required to complete a core communication curriculum of 27 hours, at least nine hours of classes from a selected concentration and an additional three hours of Communication electives. In addition to the requirements of the major, general education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree as listed in the catalog must be met.

Required Core Courses (27 hours):

  • Foundations of Mass Communication
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Reporting and Writing
  • Editing
  • Multimedia Production
  • Contemporary Persuasion
  • Theories of Communication
  • Media Law
  • Senior Seminar in Ethics

Concentrations (choose at least 9 hours from concentration and 3 hours of electives):

Journalism

  • Public Affairs Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Economics of News
  • Photojournalism
  • Seminar

Public Relations

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Public Relations Cases and Campaigns
  • Public Relations Administration
  • Methods of Audience Analysis
  • Seminar 

Sports Communication

  • Sports Communication
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports in Contemporary Society
  • Sports Administration
  • Marketing Communication
  • Experiential Marketing

Visual Communication

  • Visual Media Criticism
  • Commercial Photography and Production
  • Programming and Distribution
  • Scriptwriting and Copywriting
  • Applied Graphic Design
  • Narrative Video Production
  • Seminar
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