Communication Major

Area of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Generalist
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Media
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Communication
  • Sports Communication

Generalist 

Supporting Courses 118
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses30
Select 30 credits from any 300 and 400 level COMM courses
Total Credits48

Health Communication

Core Courses:18
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Upper Level Courses:30
Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Information Technologies
Organizational Communication
Health Communication Campaigns and Strategies
Communication Law
Information, Media and Society
Health Communication and the Internet
Social Media Strategies
Cases in Communications and Media Management
Choose 3 credits of upper level Communication electives
Total Credits48

Journalism

Supporting Courses 118
Core Courses
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses 130
News Reporting and Writing
Communication Law
Public Relations Campaigns
Advanced Reporting
Digital Journalism
Media Workshop I
Media Workshop II
Choose three upper-level elective courses in Communication 2
Total Credits48

Mass Media

Supporting Courses 118
Core Courses
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses 130
News Reporting and Writing
Radio Broadcasting
Video Production
Mass Media Advertising
Advanced Video Production
Communication Law
Information, Media and Society
Social Media Strategies
Choose upper-level Communication elective courses (totaling 6 credits) 2
Total Credits48

Organizational Communication

Supporting Courses 118
Core Courses
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses 130
Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Information Technologies
Persuasion and Argumentation
Organizational Communication
Theories of the Interview
Communication Law
Social Media Strategies
Cases in Communications and Media Management
Choose two upper-level elective courses in Communication 2
Total Credits48

Public Relations

Supporting Courses 118
Core Courses
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses 130
News Reporting and Writing
Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Organizational Communication
Communication Law
Public Relations Campaigns
Media Workshop I
Social Media Strategies
Cases in Communications and Media Management
Choose 2 upper-level elective courses in Communication 2
Total Credits48

Social Media Communications

Supporting Courses18
Core Courses 1
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses30
Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Video Production
Information Technologies
Organizational Communication
Communication Law
Public Relations Campaigns
Digital Journalism
Social Media Strategies
Analytics and Information Problems
Any Upper-Level COMM or IS Elective (Totaling 3 Credits) 2
Total Credits48

Sports Communication

Supporting Courses18
Core Courses 1
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Business and Media Writing
Elements of Media
Communication Problems and Research Methods
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper-Level Courses30
News Reporting and Writing
Sports, Media, and Society
Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications
Video Production
Communication Law
Public Relations Campaigns
Sports Writing, Promotion, and Public Relations
Digital Journalism
Cases in Communications and Media Management
Social Media Strategies
Any Upper-Level COMM or IS Elective (totaling 3 Credits) 2
Total Credits48