Core Requirements

Students in the Department of Communication and Journalism learn to communicate effectively in both written and oral form, and are thoroughly grounded in media theory, law and ethics. Students select a major in their chosen field of study. A capstone course, Senior Seminar, allows students to synthesize the theoretical and practical knowledge they have acquired.

Requirements for the Departmental Core (24 semester hours)

COM-104Speech Communication3
COM-105Communication, Culture and Media (formerly Mass Media Communication)

Writing for the Media (formerly Persuasive Writing for the Media)
Introduction to News Writing (Journalism majors only)
COM 131Fundamentals of Video Production3
COM 264Introduction to Media Convergence3
COM-301Communication Law3
COM-302Communication Ethics3
COM-400Senior Seminar

In addition to the departmental core (21 credits), which is required of all majors in the department, each student must complete the requirements for the specific major (an additional 24 credits). Students pursuing a degree in the Department of Communication and Journalism choose among the following majors: communication studies, digital media: film, TV and radio, graphic design, journalism, public relations, and web design. Students may not carry a double major within the department.

Note: If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a course required in a major or minor in the department, the student must repeat the course. Credit will only be awarded once for a course that is repeated. The student must also repeat the course before enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.