2013–2014 Communication Program (COMM)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Suggested Concentrations | Course Descriptions

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

Program Goals

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:

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 12  
COMM 201 Principles of Editing (4)    
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media (4)   COMM 201

COMM 240 Introduction to the Mass Media (4)

 

 

III. Upper Division Communication Courses 12  
COMM 302 College Publications: Forum (2)   COMM 203
COMM 306 Design Foundations (4)    
COMM 307 Advanced Design (4)   COMM 306
COMM 310 Professional Writing (4)   COMM 203 or equivalent
COMM 322 Multimedia Image Production (3)    
COMM 350 Business and Professional Communication (LE) (3)   SPCH 111
COMM 440 Internship* (2)    
COMM 490 Portfolio Workshop (2)    
*At least two internships are strongly recommended.    
And one of the following courses:    
COMM 405 Advanced Writing and Research (4)   COMM 310 or consent of instructor
COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)   COMM 310

COMM 425 Communication Law and Ethics (4)

 

COMM 310

IV. Electives 10  
ART 380 Advanced Photography (3)   ART 320 or ART 379 or consent of instructor
COMM 300 Selected Topics in Communication (1-4)    
COMM 301 Community News Writing (4)   COMM 203
COMM 302 College Publications: Forum (2)  

COMM 203 or consent of instructor

COMM 305 Forum Photo Staff (1)   ART 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
COMM 320 Digital Imaging (3)   ART 180 (LE)
COMM 321 Digital Media Survey (3)   COMM 320
COMM 324 Communication in the Global Community (3)    
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)    
COMM 327 Web Design and Development (4)    
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (3)    
COMM 337 Public Relations Writing and Campaign Planning (3)    COMM 336
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)    
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (3)   COMM 203
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class, and the Media (3)    
COMM 401 Directed Studies (1-4)   consent of instructor or school dean
COMM 405 Advanced Writing and Research (4)    COMM 310; consent of instructor
COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)    COMM 310
COMM 425 Communication Law and Ethics (4)—offered fall only    COMM 310
COMM 440 Internship (24)    see course description

ENGL 326 College Publications: Ellipsis (1)

 

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 58  

Recommended Plan of Study for Communication

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

COMM 201

COMM 203

Sophomore Year

COMM 240

COMM 302*
COMM 310

Junior Year

COMM 306
COMM 322
COMM Elective

COMM 307
COMM 440**
COMM Elective

Senior Year

COMM 350
COMM 410***
COMM 440**
COMM Elective

COMM 405 or 425***
COMM 440**
COMM 490
COMM Elective

*Students interested in journalism may repeat the Forum for elective credit.

**Students are required to do one two-credit internship; they are encouraged to do two or three if possible.

***Select one of these three courses.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 8  
COMM 201 Principles of Editing (4)    
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media (4)   COMM 201
COMM 240 Introduction to the Mass Media (4)    
COMM 306 Design Foundations (4)    
COMM 310 Professional Writing (4)    COMM 203 or equivalent
     
Plus one additional upper division course from the following:    
COMM 307 Advanced Design (4)   COMM 306
COMM 405 Advanced Writing and Research (4)   COMM 310 or consent of instructor

COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)

 

COMM 310

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24  

Suggested Concentrations

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Multimedia    
Take this upper division course:
COMM 425 Communication Law and Ethics (4)
 
COMM 310
Choose additional credit hours from these electives:    
COMM 320 Digital Imaging (LE) (4)   ART 180 (LE)
COMM 321 Digital Media Survey (LE) (3)   COMM 320
COMM 324 Communication in the Global Community (3)   COMM 310
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)    
COMM 327 Web Design and Development (4)   COMM 326
COMM 440 Internship (2–4)    See course description
ART 380 Advanced Photography (3)    ART 180; consent of instructor
Public Relations    
Take this upper division course:
COMM 425 Communication Law and Ethics (4)
   COMM 310
     
Take these electives:    
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (3)    
COMM 337 Public Relations Writing and Campaign Planning (3)    COMM 336
     
Choose from these electives, depending on your individual interests:    
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)    
COMM 327 Web Design and Development (4)   COMM 326
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)    
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (3)   COMM 203
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class, and the Media (3)    

COMM 440 Internship (2–4)

 

junior/senior standing, see course description

Professional Writing    
Take this upper division course:
COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)
 
COMM 310
     
Choose additional credit hours from these electives:    
COMM 324 Communication in the Global Community (3)   COMM 310
COMM 326 Introduction to Web Writing and Design (4)    
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (3)   COMM 203

COMM 440 Internship (2–4)

 

junior/senior standing, see course description