School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC

Bachelor of Arts - Major in Media + Communication

1. University Core Requirements (42 s.h.)

See checklists below for details.

2. Required Courses (24 s.h.)

  • Writing Competency (6 s.h.)
    MCOM 191/COMM 110 Research and Writing in Communications
    (3 s.h.)
    And any one of:
    MCOM 251/COMM 270 Introduction to Journalism (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 261/COMM 212 Fundamentals of Writing for Publication
    (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 351/COMM 310 Technical Writing and Communication
    (3 s.h.)
  • Public Speaking Competency (3 s.h.)
    Any one of:
    MCOM 281/COMM 211 Public Speaking (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 381/COMM 312 Debate and Argumentation (3 s.h.)
  • Visual Creativity Competency (3 s.h.)
    Any one of:
    MCOM 221/COMM 220 Digital Filmmaking I (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 231/COMM 230 Fundamentals of Design (3 s.h.)
  • Media Studies Competency (3 s.h.)
    Any one of:
    MCOM 111/COMM 112 Introduction to Mass Communications
    (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 211/COMM 260 Introduction to Film Studies (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 311/COMM 360 Television and Culture (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 315/COMM 335 Film History I (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 315/COMM 336 Film History II (3 s.h.)
  • Human Communication Competency (3 s.h.)
    Any one of:
    MCOM 171/COMM 111 Introduction to Communication (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 172/COMM 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 272/COMM 214 Organizational Communication (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 371/COMM 307 Relational Communication (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 372/COMM 302 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 sh.)
  • Theory and Criticism Competency (3 s.h.)
    Any one of:
    MCOM 291/COMM 250 Communication Theory in Everyday Life
    (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 316/COMM 340 Film Genre and Criticism (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 373/COMM 301 Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric
    (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 411/COMM 411 Media, Culture, and Criticism (3 s.h.)
    MCOM 471/COMM 430 Persuasive Communication (3 s.h.)
  • Any Type (3 s.h.)
    Any MCOM/COMM course

3. Communications Stream Courses (18 s.h.)

Choose 1 stream from the four listed below.

  • Leadership Communication Stream

Leadership Communication Stream checklist

Choose 18 s.h. from the following:

MCOM 171/COMM 111 Introduction to Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 172/COMM 120 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 252/COMM 213 Introduction to Public Relations (3 s.h.)
MCOM 272/COMM 214 Organizational Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 351/COMM 310 Technical Writing and Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 371/COMM 307 Relational Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 372/COMM 302 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 sh.)
MCOM 373/COMM 301 Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric (3 s.h.)
MCOM 381/COMM 312 Debate and Argumentation (3 s.h.)
MCOM 390/COMM 350 Selected Topics in Communications (1-6 s.h.)
MCOM 391-393/COMM 351-359 Communications Practicum (1-3 s.h.)
MCOM 471/COMM 430 Persuasive Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 472/COMM 452 Leadership Communication in Multi-Cultural Contexts (3 s.h.)
MCOM 473/COMM 432 Women, Communication, and Leadership (3 s.h.)
MCOM 474/COMM 410 Language and Gender (3 s.h.)

  • Media Communication Stream

Media Communication Stream checklist

MCOM 111/COMM 112 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 s.h.)
Choose 15 s.h. from the following:
MCOM 211/COMM 260 Introduction to Film Studies (3 s.h.)
MCOM 221/COMM 220 Digital Filmmaking I (3 s.h.)
MCOM 222/COMM 240 Acting for Camera (3 s.h.)
MCOM 231/COMM 230 Fundamentals of Digital Design (3 s.h.)
MCOM 222/COMM 240 Acting for Camera (3 s.h.)
MCOM 251/COMM 270 Introduction to Journalism (3 s.h.)
MCOM 311/COMM 360 Television and Culture (3 s.h.)
MCOM 312/COMM 380 Digital Games as Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 315/COMM 336 Film History II (3 s.h.)
MCOM 316/COMM 340 Film Genre and Criticism (3 s.h.)
MCOM 317/COMM 309 Ethics, Morals, and Media (3 s.h.)
MCOM 321/COMM 330 Digital Filmmaking II (3 s.h.)
MCOM 322/COMM 311 Digital Film Post-Production (3 s.h)
MCOM 323/COMM 334 Introduction to Digital Recording (3 s.h.)
MCOM 331/COMM 381 Imaging and Illustration Design (3 s.h.)
MCOM 332/COMM 382 Symbol and Typography Design (3 s.h.)
MCOM 333/COMM 383 Format and Layout Design (3 s.h.)
MCOM 361/COMM 320 Screenwriting (3 s.h.)
MCOM 390/COMM 350 Selected Topics in Communications (1-6 s.h.)
MCOM 391-393/COMM 351-359 Communications Practicum (1-3 s.h.)
MCOM 411/COMM 411 Media, Culture, and Criticism (3 s.h.)
MCOM 412/COMM 431 Masters of Cinema (3 s.h.)
MCOM 413/COMM 435 Religious Themes in Cinema (3 s.h.)
MCOM 421/COMM 434 Advanced Digital Recording (3 s.h.)
MCOM 422/COMM 440 Digital Film Directing (3 s.h.)

  • Professional Writing Stream

Professional Writing Stream checklist

MCOM 111/COMM 212 Fundamentals of Writing for Publication (3 s.h.)
Choose 15 s.h. from the following:
MCOM 251/COMM 270 Introduction to Journalism (3 s.h.)
MCOM 252/COMM 213 Introduction to Public Relations (3 s.h.)
MCOM 351/COMM 310 Technical Writing and Communication (3 s.h.)
MCOM 352/COMM 372 Online Journalism and Writing (3 s.h.)
MCOM 361/COMM 320 Screenwriting (3 s.h.)
MCOM 362/COMM 308 Playwriting (3 s.h.)
MCOM 390/COMM 350 Selected Topics in Communications (1-6 s.h.)
MCOM 391-393/COMM 351-359 Communications Practicum (1-3 s.h.)
MCOM 451/COMM 413 Public Relations Writing (3 s.h.)
MCOM 452/COMM 470 Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (3 s.h.)
MCOM 453/COMM 415 Editing for Newspapers and Magazines (3 s.h.)
MCOM 461/COMM 414 Non-Fiction Writing Seminar (3 s.h.)

  • General Stream

General Stream Checklist

Choose 18 s.h. of MCOM/COMM credit. Note: Of the 42 s.h. required for a Media + Communication Major, 24 s.h. must be upper-level

4. Ancillary Requirements (9 s.h.)

6 s.h. in one foreign language, ancient or modern
3 s.h. HIST or POLS

5. Elective Courses (30 s.h.)

Students are encouraged, but not required to take elective classes that contribute to a concentration or a minor. 

For complete program details, view the academic calendar here.
For MCOM/COMM course descriptions, click here.

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