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B.A. in Communication

Requirements

Foundations (25 credits)

COMM219Mass Media

4

COMM250Writing for Converging Media

4

COMM270Visual Storytelling

4

COMM355Editing for Converging Media

4

COMM411Senior Seminar

4

 

COMM405Communication Law

4

or

COMM410Communication History

4

 

COMM495Communication Internship

3

COMM219, COMM270, COMM355, COMM411 offered in Fall semester

COMM250 offered in spring, COMM405 in spring even, and COMM410 in odd spring semester.

COMM 485: Student teachers are exempt

In addition to foundation courses, communication majors must complete an additional 12 credits of communication courses to complete the 37-credit major. Students may choose courses from one of the specializations in the major: mass communication or public relations. Or, with the approval of the communication faculty, students may mix and match courses from the two specializations with other approved communication courses.

Specialization in Mass Media and Broadcasting (12 credits)

COMM302Digital Videography Project

4

COMM209Video Field Production

4

or

COMM309Video Field Production

4

COMM361Advanced Television Production

4

COMM209 offered in Fall semester.

COMM261, COMM367 offered in Spring semester.

Students may substitute one course from another specialization with communication faculty approval.

Specialization in Public Relations (12 credits)

COMM225Marketing Communication

4

COMM351Principles of Persuasion

4

COMM362Public Relations Writing

4

COMM225, COMM362 offered in Fall semester.

COMM351 offered in Spring semester.

Students may substitute one course from another specialization with communication faculty approval.

Other communication courses offered:

COMM223Public Speaking & Presentation Skills I

2

COMM228Public Speaking & Presentation Skills II

2

COMM243Cross Cultural Communication

4

COMM280Interpersonal Commuication

4

COMM390Media Practicum

4

COMM425Special Topics

4

COMM430Guided Projects, Research, or Study

4

COMM243 offered in Spring semester.

COMM280 offered in Fall semester.

Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways

To ensure that students begin and remain on track in terms of graduation and degree requirements, and to maximize student opportunities to add minors or second majors, and therefore increase their options after graduation, the College has designed the Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways.

This curricular sequencing model, which outlines all the courses taken in the first two years, will allow students to complete 75% to 90% of their General Education requirements during just their freshman and sophomore years, as well as all foundational gateway and milestone courses, both in their intended major, and in other complementary majors and minors that they may want to consider.

Students will then be able to focus their junior and senior years almost entirely on their major, as well as on potential minors or second majors.

Simply put, this curricular sequencing model allows students to get the most out of their undergraduate education at CSE.

First Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

Second Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I or II Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element II or III Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Capstone Experience

College of Saint Elizabeth undergraduates are required to complete a capstone experience in their major near the end of their course of study. In communication, the capstone experience consists of a communication project and project paper followed by a public poster presentation, conducted through the major's required course COMM411 Senior Capstone Experience.

Internship and Practicum

Communication majors and minors are both required to have professional experience before earning their bachelor's degree in communication. Students must earn 1 credit and do so by completing 120 hours of work with a supervising provider as a communication professional. The work may be split between multiple providers with the approval of the communication program.

For communication majors, an internship satisfies this requirement. The internship must be off-campus at a provider approved by the communication program. Students must follow both program and college procedures and requirements when securing internship sites.

For communication minors a "practicum" satisfies this requirement. The practicum may be with an on-campus provider approved by the communication program. Communication minors are permitted to complete their practicum off-campus.