Communication (COMM)

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Faculty: Matt Baker, Scott Gust, James Hedges, Helen Hodgson, Curtis Newbold, Christine Seifert, Tamara Stevenson, Rulon Wood, Kim Zarkin (Chair)

Program Goals

  • To develop writing and editing skills applicable to various communication professions.
  • To learn basic layout and design principles and to use a broad range of industry-standard software applications in applying those principles to the production of quality communication pieces for print and electronic media.
  • To learn to effectively present skills, interests, accomplishments, and abilities to prospective employers or clients.
  • To demonstrate appropriate attitudes, skills, and techniques essential to working in a team as a member and a leader.
  • To analyze and evaluate the historical, legal, and ethical contexts within which communication professionals operate.

Objectives

The Communication program offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an academic minor. The Communication program teaches students theoretical principles and practical skills in the context of humanistic inquiry.

Working with electronic and traditional media, students acquire skills needed for careers in corporate and government communication, nonprofit organizations, public affairs, advertising, public relations, technical writing, and journalism, as well as for graduate studies. By selecting courses across the entire communication curriculum, students can develop a program that has breadth, while students who are interested in a more focused major may wish to choose classes from one of the suggested concentrations that follow.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the Communication major.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Communication major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

Academic Major

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
There are no LE requirements included as part of the Communication major.
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Communication majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.
II. Lower Division Communication Courses 16
COMM 210 Media Writing I (4)
COMM 211 Media Writing II (4) COMM 210
COMM 240 Media and Society (4)
COMM 250 Introduction to Human Communication (4)
III. Upper Division Communication Courses 32
COMM 302 College Publications: Forum (4) COMM 211
COMM 310 Business and Professional Writing I (4) COMM 211
COMM 350 Organizational Communication (4)
COMM 370 Design Foundations  (4)
COMM 371 Multimedia Tools and Production (4) COMM 370
COMM 372 Design and the User Experience (4) COMM 371
COMM 425 Communication Law and Ethics (4) COMM 310
COMM 440 Internship (2-6) Junior status
COMM 490 Portfolio Workshop (2) Senior status
IV. Electives 12
ART 380 Advanced Photography (3)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4)
COMM 300 Selected Topics in Communication (1-4)—Students may only count 4 credits from May Term classes toward their communication electives
COMM 311 Business and Professional Writing II (4) COMM 310
COMM 312 Creative Non-fiction (4) COMM 310
COMM 322 Multimedia Image Production (4)
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)
COMM 327 Web Design and Content Management (4) COMM 326
COMM 336 Principles of Public Relations (4)
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (4) COMM 211
COMM 345 Introduction to Video Production (4)
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class and the Media (4)
COMM 365 Intercultural and Global Communication (4)
COMM 440 Internship (2-6)
ENG 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3) Instructor Permission
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 68

Recommended Plan of Study for Communication

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year COMM 210


COMM 211


Sophomore Year COMM 250


COMM 240
COMM 370


Junior Year COMM 302
COMM 371
Elective


COMM 310
COMM 372
Elective


Senior Year COMM 350
COMM 440
Elective
COMM 425
COMM 490
Elective

 

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12
COMM 210 Media Writing I (4)
COMM 240 Media and Society (4)
COMM 250 Introduction to Human Communication (4)
Choose any 12 credits of upper division communication courses 12
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 12

Suggested Concentrations

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Multimedia
COMM 322 Multimedia Image Production (4)
COMM 327 Web Design and Content Management (4) COMM 326
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)
COMM 345 Introduction to Video Production (4)
ART 380 Advanced Photography (3)
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4)
Public Relations
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (4)
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (4) COMM 211
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class, and the Media (4)
COMM 365 Intercultural and Global Communication (4)
Professional Writing
COMM 311 Business and Professional Writing II (4) COMM 310
COMM 312 Creative Non-fiction (4) COMM 310
COMM 336 Principles of Public Relations (4)
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (4)
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class and the Media (4)
COMM 365 Intercultural and Global Communication (4)