Your Communication and Media degree prepares you to become an effective and ethical communicator in a variety of contexts. All students must choose a specialization, but with the flexibility built into the curriculum, they may also double- or triple-specialize, provided they have room in their educational plan to do so. Our major prepares you for a diverse range of careers, including in journalism, politics, environmental and health advocacy, public relations, non-profits, health, human resources, the law, media, sports, academia, and entrepreneurship.
2000 Media Systems
2010 Introduction to Speech Communication
3000 Media Law
4000 Practical Experience in Communication or equivalent (e.g. internships, Communication practicums, etc.)
4010 Research Seminar in Communication
4020 Project Capstone
Below are examples of electives students can take but are subject to change on a quarter by quarter basis
2180 Public Speaking
2280 Digital Journalism Platforms
3180 New Media Communication
3280 Persuasive Journalism
3282 International Affairs Writing
3380 Global Reputation Mgmt
3381 Public Affairs
4280 Multimedia Storytelling
The Communication and Media Department provides courses designed to give students an awareness of the role of communication in society, as well as practical experience in developing their talents in oral, written, visual, and digital communication. We offer a single major in Communication and Media with three specializations: communication studies, journalism, and strategic communication. All students must choose a specialization and they may also double or triple specialize.
The communication studies specialization engages students in the exploration of communication both broadly and within specific areas of the discipline, including: digital, environmental, health, intercultural, interpersonal rhetorical, media, and political communication. Blending theory and practical experiences, students are prepared for a wide range of communication and media centered careers in corporate and non-profit organizations.
The journalism specialization develops students' competence in gathering and disseminating stories through the media, using reporting, writing, visual, and digital skills. Students with a specialization in journalism can emphasize preparation for journalistic careers in print, broadcast, or online media.
The strategic communication specialization introduces students to an integrated approach to managing all communication functions, giving them familiarity with the underlying theoretical frameworks, so they can develop innovative industry practices and influence the role of communication in global organizations.
What can the Communication Studies Specialization offer? Here is an overview about what this specialization can do for you.
2100 Interpersonal Communication
3100 Intercultural Communication
3101 Language, Power and Advocacy
3102 Special Topics in CMST
Interested in our Strategic Communication Specialization? Find out where it may take you.
2300 Intro to Strategic Communication
3300 Strategic Communication Writing
3301 Strategic Communication Campaigns
3302 Special Topics in STCM
Here are some great insights into our Journalism Specialization and the opportunities you will find.
2200 Multimedia Reporting for JRNL
3200 Multimedia Investigative JRNL
3201 Multimedia Reporting for Social Change
4200 Multimedia Entrepreneurship
Students talk about their experiences with the three specializations.