Communication Program of Study Text

Major Requirements

CO 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
CO 101 Public Speaking
or
CO 201 Persuasive Speaking
CO 240 Media Writing
IN 295 Exploratory Internship (Junior year)
CO 490 Legal and Ethical Issues in Mass Communication
CO 495 Senior Internship Seminar
CO 497 Senior Project

One Writing elective.
One Industry & Culture elective.
One Production elective.
Two upper-level Communication electives at the 300 or 400 level.

Visual Communication Concentration (shared concentration with Visual Arts)

Students majoring in Communication may optionally elect to focus their curriculum through the Visual Communication Concentration. Students choosing this concentration must still satisfy all Communication requirements, but courses taken toward concentration requirements do also count toward Communication’s core, area elective, and upper-level elective requirements.

This concentration offers students a good foundation in the skills necessary for a job in the media and arts fields. Students will take courses in digital technology as well as writing, editing, layout, drawing, photography, and design. Career paths include advertising, public relations, graphic and web design, and TV production. The concentration requires one specific course:

VA 150 Introduction to Computer Graphics
In addition, CO Visual Communication students will select three other courses from the group listed below. Two must be VA courses, one of which must be at the 300-level:
Art History courses
EN 200 Writing on the Job: Professional and Persuasive Writing
EN 209 Journalism on the Web and on the Page
MK 324 Advertising
VA 110 Drawing
VA 120 Design Fundamentals
VA 140 Basic Photography
VA 353 Digital Photography
VA 355 Design for the World Wide Web

Interdisciplinary Electives
Certain courses from departments outside of Communication may satisfy elective requirements for any student in the Communication major, as noted below. Other courses may be accepted by the department on a case-by-case basis as they are offered.

Satisfies Writing Elective
EN 200 Writing on the Job
EN 204 Feature Writing
EN 209 Journalism on the Web & Page
EN 311 Advanced Journalism

Satisfies Industry/Culture Elective
MK 324 Advertising

Satisfies Production Elective
VA 150 Introduction to Computer Graphics
VA 226 Computer Graphics II
VA 353 Digital Photography
VA 355 Design for the World Wide Web

Minor Requirement


CO 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
CO 120 Introduction to TV and Radio Production
CO 240 Media Writing
Students must also select two other Communication courses at the 200 level or above for this minor.