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-104 Speech Communication 3
COM-105 Communication, Culture and Media (formerly Mass Media Communication) 3

Writing for the Media (formerly Persuasive Writing for the Media)
Introduction to News Writing (Journalism majors only)
COM 131 Fundamentals of Video Production 3
COM 264 Introduction to Media Convergence 3
COM-301 Communication Law 3
COM-302 Communication Ethics 3
COM-400 Senior Seminar 3

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.