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.
Students majoring in communication can choose from one of three concentrations:
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
- Visual Communication
Integrates graphic design, photography, photojournalism, videography and web design.
Minors are also available in journalism, public relations and speech.
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
- 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):
- Public Affairs Reporting
- Feature Writing
- Digital Storytelling
- Economics of News
- Principles of Public Relations
- Public Relations Writing
- Public Relations Cases and Campaigns
- Public Relations Administration
- Methods of Audience Analysis
- Visual Media Criticism
- Commercial Photography and Production
- Programming and Distribution
- Scriptwriting and Copywriting
- Applied Graphic Design
- Narrative Video Production