Communication and
Media Culture

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Dr. Cynthia W. Walker, Chairperson

The Communication and Media Culture Department offers a major in Communication and minors in Communication and Journalism.

Requirements for Communication Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

CU-202Media Communications I3
CU-203Media Communications II3
CU-205News Writing and Reporting (WI)3
Take the following:
CU-275Public Speaking Workshop3
CU-255Ethics in Communications (Values)3
CU-400Research Writing (Capstone, WI)3
Communications Electives (choose 18 credits; see following description)18
Outside concentration (choose 12 credits; see following description)12
Total Credits48

Communications Major Electives

Students are required to take six courses (18 credits) with the CU designation, including cross-listed courses. The following groupings are suggested so that a student may gain expertise in a major area.

Writing and Publishing
CU/AR-157Introduction to Photography I3
CU/AR-158Introduction to Photography II3
CU/JN-208Broadcast Newsroom3
CU/JN-210Writer's Workshop3
CU/AR-232Art and Desktop Publishing3
CU/JN-304Principles of Media Law and Ethics3
CU/JN-310Advanced News Writing and Editing Workshop3
CU/JN-340Sportswriting3
CU/JN-341Art and Entertainment Journalism3
CU-352Conversations With Writers: Metro Seminar3
CU/JN-355Video Journalism3
CU-385Multimedia Reporting3
CU/JN-410Investigative Journalism and Advanced Features3
Media Business
CU-101Communication Basics3
CU-102Media Literacy3
CU/AR-214Art Advertising and Design3
CU-218Media Business3
AR-220Introduction to Computer Art3
CU-241Advertising Management3
CU-247Marketing Communications and Branding3
CU-260Radio Station I3
CU-261Radio Station II3
CU/WS-285Gender and Communication (DIV)3
CU-315Business and Professional Communication3
CU/AS-318African-American Communication In American Culture3
CU-350Public Relations3
Film History and Criticism
CU-190Introduction to Film3
CU-228Asian Film3
CU-256The Horror Film3
CU-265Screenwriting3
CU-282The Science Fiction Film3
CU-283The Conspiracy Theory Film3
CU/EL-293Today's Film Scene3
CU-307Art Commerce and the Cultural Impact of Disney3
CU-308Disney: Behind the Scenes3
CU-355Video Journalism3
CU-454Black Films3

Communication Major Outside Concentration - (12 credits)

To serve their individual goals, students must choose outside concentrations from classes in a single department or create a composite area of study from courses in several departments. After consultation with outside departments, students must send a one-page letter requesting the outside concentration to the Director of the Communication major. Courses accepted for double majors and minors in other departments can also be used for the outside concentration, but not for core or Communication electives.

Media Internships

The courses CU-295, CU-495 and CU-496 are internship courses offered in conjunction with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services which can provide placement for students at on- and off-campus media sites. Internships receive CU elective credits and are encouraged for all majors. To gain credits, students combine work experience with concurrent academic study. On campus internships may include jobs at the Pauw Wow, Pavan and Peacock Pie under the supervision of a moderator.

Special Notes on Major Requirements

Requirements for the Minor in Communication

Select one of the following theory courses
CU-202Media Communications I3
or CU-203 Media Communications II
Select one of the following writing courses:3
CU-205
News Writing and Reporting
CU-315
Business and Professional Communication
CU-400
Research Writing
Take the following speaking course:3
CU-275
Public Speaking Workshop
CU- Three CU Electives9
Total Credits18

Requirements for the Minor in Journalism

CU/JN-205News Writing and Reporting 13
CU/JN-304Principles of Media Law and Ethics3
CU/JN-310Advanced News Writing and Editing Workshop3
CU/JN-410Investigative Journalism and Advanced Features3
JN- Two JN Electives6
Total Credits18

Special Note on the Minor in Journalism