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.


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.

Multimedia Concentration: 55 semester hours
Public Relations Concentration
: 59 semester hours

Prerequisite Requirement

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 100 News Reporting 4

Core Requirements: 27 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 166 Introduction to Mass Media 4
JOUR 220 Newspaper Production 2
JOUR 226 Digital Storytelling for Journalism 4
JOUR 317 Graphic Production Processes And Design for Publications 4
JOUR 460 Law and the Mass Media 4
JOUR 467 Ethics of Mass Media-Printed and Electronic 4
JOUR 497 Internship 1
JOUR 499 Senior Project 4

Multimedia Concentration: 28 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 115 News Editing 2
JOUR 318 Survey of Multi-Media 4
JOUR 325 Magazine Production 2
PHOT 130 Introduction to Digital Photography, or 4
PHOT 100 Media Art Foundations 4

Choose 16 units of electives from among courses in the Communications Department, Art Department, Computer Science and/or other related fields.

Public Relations Concentration: 32 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 301 Writing for Public Relations 4
JOUR 305 Radio/TV Newswriting and Editing 4
JOUR 325 Magazine Production 2
JOUR 328 Media Sales 4
JOUR 330 Theory and Principle of Public Relations 4
JOUR 430 Public Relations Methods  

One of the following three:

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

Choose 6 units of electives from courses in the Communications Department and/or other related fields.