Degree Requirements

Communication Major Degree Requirements

The mission of the Communication Major is to develop effective public speakers, versatile writers, competent technology users, and healthy relationship partners. 

 

The Communication Major provides three concentrations:
Broadcast and Production, Public Relations, and Interpersonal Communication.

Students must take the following coursework to complete this degree:
Common Experience courses, Supporting courses, and Communication Major-specific courses

 

Common Experience Courses

42 hours in Foundational and Liberal Arts Emphasis, 36 in Identity Categories

These courses are common to all Concordia University students (hence “Common Experience”). Be mindful that these courses often overlap with our Supporting courses and Comm Major-specific courses. These are courses in Religion, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Kinesiology, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Communication, Classics/Humanities, and Leadership.

 

Supporting Courses

30 hours

While completing the Common Experience courses, students will begin to take Supporting Courses, as well (again, some of these already overlap with the Common Experience list). The goal of these classes is to provide a basic exposure to the Communication major, as well as to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts requirements. 

  • ENG 1317 Introduction to Literature
  • PSY 1311 Introduction to Psychology
  • COM 2303 Mass Media History and Theory
  • COM 2317 Cinema and Religion
  • COM 2314 Communication Technology 
  • COM 3304 Group Dynamics
  • COM 3335 Intercultural Communication Experience
  • Foreign Language (3 hours)
  • Foreign Language (3 hours)
  • Global/Cultural (3 hours) - Choose one from this list:
    ENG 2301, HIS 2321, HIS 2322, HIS 3308, HIS 3301, HIS 3314, HON 2311, or PHL 3301

 

Communication Major-Specific Requirements

36 hours

After taking the Common Experience and Supporting courses, students will dig into these Communication-Major specific courses. Note there are required courses—taken by all Communication majors, as well as Concentration courses—in which students select one of three tracts.

 

Lower-level courses required (7 hours)

  • COM 2100 Communication Practicum I
  • COM 2301 Human Communication Theory
  • COM 2308 Writing for the Media and Public Relations

 

Upper-level courses required (11 hours)

  • COM 4101 Communication Capstone Course
  • COM 4100 Communication Practicum II
  • COM 4310 Communication Internship
Plus 6 hours (2 classes) from the following list:

Except for #1, any from this list may be repeated to meet this 6-hour requirement.

  1. COM 3303 Communication in the Church
  2. COM 3399 Independent Study
  3. COM 3360 Topics in Communication
  4. COM 3398 National/International Travel
  5. An upper-level COM course outside of one’s concentration

 

Plus One Concentration (18 hours)

 

Broadcast and Production Concentration

  • COM 3307 Media Analysis and Criticism
  • COM 3317 Production I: Film Style
  • COM 3318 Production II: Broadcast
  • COM 3320 Media Law and Ethics
  • COM 4320 Production III: Directing and Performance
  • COM 4301 Digital Journalism and New Media Communication

 

Public Relations Concentration

  • COM 3301 Diffusion of Innovation
  • COM 3308 Persuasive Communication
  • COM 3310 Public Relations
  • COM 3331 Organizational Communication
  • COM 4301 Digital Journalism and New Media Communication
  • BADM 3352 Integrated Marketing Communication

 

Interpersonal Communication Concentration

  • COM 3302 Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 3308 Persuasive Communication
  • COM 3325 Interpersonal Relationships
  • COM 3331 Organizational Communication
  • COM 33XX Conflict Resolution
  • PSY 3331 Introduction to Counseling

 

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total minimum number of hours to 128 of which 39 must be upper-level.

 

Communication Minors

 

Broadcast and Production Minor – 19 hours

  • COM 2303 Mass Media History and Theory
  • COM 2308 Writing for the Media and Public Relations 
  • COM 2314 Communication Technology
  • COM 3307 Media Analysis and Criticism
  • COM 3317 Production I: Film Style
  • COM 4100 Communication Practicum II
  • COM 4301 Digital Journalism and New Media Communication

 

Public Relations Minor – 19 hours

  • COM 2308 Writing for the Media and Public Relations
  • COM 3301 Diffusion of Innovation
  • COM 3308 Persuasive Communication
  • COM 3310 Public Relations
  • COM 3331 Organizational Communication
  • COM 4100 Communication Practicum II
  • COM 4301 Digital Journalism and New Media Communication

 

Interpersonal Communication Minor - 19 hours

  • COM 3302 Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 3304 Group Dynamics
  • COM 3308 Persuasive Communication
  • COM 3325 Interpersonal Relationships
  • COM 3335 Intercultural Communication Experience
  • COM 33XX Conflict Resolution
  • COM 4100 Communication Practicum II

 

The richness of academic freedom is lived out daily within our discipline as a broad spectrum of ideas are explored while engaging in the big topics of what is true, good, and beautiful in this life—features characteristic of the liberal arts. 

 

 

 

 

 

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