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Majoring in Communications

The Communications Major allows the students to design a program in the mass media to fulfill their individual interests preparing for careers in public relations and information, multimedia or broadcast journalism.

Multimedia

Convergence is the key word in the broadcast industry as broadcast, journalism and multimedia are merged, thanks to the computer. Born from this merger are new jobs and new opportunities. An emphasis in multimedia challenges students to experience computer-generated print production, computer-aided broadcast editing, television motion graphics and web design.

Public Affairs and Information

Thousands of jobs exist in public relations and public affairs. This unique major prepares student for these multifaceted career opportunities through key foundation classes in journalism, broadcasting and multimedia joined with cutting-edge public relations classes.

 

Program Requirements

Broadcast Journalism Concentration: 49-54 semester hours
Multimedia Concentration: 49-52 semester hours
Public Affairs/Information Concentration: 61-64 semester hours

Core Requirements: 24 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 100 News Reporting 4
JOUR 166 Introduction to Mass Media 4
JOUR 460 Law and the Mass Media 4
JOUR 467 Ethics of Mass Media-Printed and Electronic 4
JOUR 499 Senior Project 4
RDIO 230 Radio Production I 4

Broadcast Journalism Concentration: 25-30 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
TV 305 Radio/TV Newswriting and Editing 4
TV 225 Fundamentals of Video Production 4
TV 235 Intermediate Video Production 4
TV 345 Intermediate Broadcast Journalism 4
TV 307 TV News Production (1st Semester) 2
JOUR 315 Syntax and Grammar for the Professional Writer 4
TV 497 Internship 1-4

One of the following three:

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 220 Newspaper Production, or 2
TV 307 TV News Production – 2nd semester, or 2
TV 330 Television Editing 4

Multimedia Concentration: 25-28 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 317 Graphic Production Processes and Design for Publications 4
JOUR 318 Survey of Multi-Media 4
JOUR 319 Designing Multi-Media Web Pages 4
JOUR 497 Internship 1-4
TV 225 Fundamentals of Video Production 4
TV 340 Television Graphics 4
PHOT 130 Documentary Photography 4

Public Affairs/Information Concentration: 37-40 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 317 Graphic Production Processes and Design for Publications 4
JOUR 318 Survey of Multi-Media 4
JOUR 319 Designing Multi-Media Web Pages 4
JOUR 328 Media Sales 4
JOUR 330 Theory and Principles of Public Relations 4
JOUR 430 Public Relations Methods 4
JOUR 497 Internship 1-4
PHOT 130 Documentary Photography 4

One of the following three:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 360 Principles of Marketing 4
BUS 368 Integrated Marketing 4
MGMT 354 Oral Communication in Organization 4

JOUR 325 and JOUR 220, or JOUR 300:

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 325 Magazine Production, and 2
JOUR 220 Newspaper Production, OR 2
JOUR 300 Advanced News Reporting 4