Communication and Media Studies Major (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements51
Free Electives24-18
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
CMST 110Introduction to Communication and Media3
CMST 210Theorizing Communication and Media3
Required Courses
CMST 201Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies3
CMST 301Communication Research Methods3
CMST 401Senior Seminar in Communication and Media Studies3
Major Electives
Complete 18 credits each from the Contexts and Competencies electives list below.36
Must include 12 credits at the 300 level and 6 credits at the 400 level.
Total Credits51

Contexts Electives

CMST 146Interpersonal Communication3
CMST 160Introduction to Health Communication3
CMST 170Organizational Communication3
CMST 200Going Viral3
CMST 212Introduction to Rhetorical Studies3
CMST 221Intercultural Communication3
CMST 225New Media and Participatory Culture3
CMST 227Television and Culture3
CMST 235Youth Culture and The Popular3
CMST 255Special Topics in Communication and Media1-3
CMST 263Health and Mass Media3
CMST 265Media Effects3
CMST 273Democracy and Communication3
CMST 305Race, Ethnicity and Media3
CMST 312Culture and Rhetoric3
CMST 315Video Games and Culture3
CMST 325Media Criticism3
CMST 340Communication, Media and Gender3
CMST 350Special Topics in Communication and Media1-3
CMST 355Visual Culture and Aesthetics3
CMST 360Emerging Technologies in Health Communication3
CMST 367Health Communication Theory3
CMST 427Globalization, Communication and Media3
CMST 445Media Ecology3
FMTV 101History and Development of Film and Television3
FMTV 204Film Forum3
JOUR 210Introduction to Journalism3
JOUR 249Media Ethics and Law3
SPTC 247Sports Media and Society3
STCM 130Fundamentals of Public Relations and Advertising3

Competencies Electives

CMDA 220Writing for the Media3
CMDA 320Transmedia Projects3
CMDA 360Communication and Media Cooperative Education3,6
CMST 102Voice and Speech Improvement3
CMST 202Listening3
CMST 222Public Speaking3
CMST 262Nonverbal Communication3
CMST 270Organizational and Group Leadership3
CMST 275Building Bridges through Dialogue3
CMST 302Special Topics in Interaction3
CMST 341Culture and Identity3
CMST 342Argumentation and Debate3
CMST 370Maximizing Difference in Organizational Life3
CMST 373Collaborative Problem Solving3
CMST 377Mediated Organizations3
CMST 379Community-Based Organizing3
CMST 405Understanding Persuasion Campaigns3
CMST 410Career Management3
CMST 412Rhetorical Criticism3
CMST 435Special Topics in Media Arts Activity1-3
CMST 470Organizational Consulting3
FMTV 210Story Analysis and Introduction to Screenwriting3
JOUR 180Multimedia Toolkit4
JOUR 279Web Design3
SPTC 241Introduction to Sports Storytelling3
STCM 140Multi Media Production for Strategic Communication3
STCM 230Brand Storytelling in Strategic Communication3
STCM 240Social Media Analytics3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
CMST 110 Introduction to Communication and Media 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
CMST 201 Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Second Year
World Language 1 3
CMST 210 Theorizing Communication and Media 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
World Language 2 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
CMST 301 Communication Research Methods 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective or World Cultures Requirement if needed 3
CMST 401 Senior Seminar in Communication and Media Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120