Communication & Media Arts

Program Track Options

The department offers the below “program tracks” to guide students in building coherence across major elective classes. Because they are solely intended to provide general guidance, the pursuit of a program track does not require approval from the department or university. You may also consider using these as a guide to craft your own specialized program track.

 

 


Program Track 1: Breadth

Rationale:

The Communication Studies degree offers students an opportunity to take a broad range of classes covering every dimension of communication from interpersonal to media and society. Selecting a breadth of courses to develop a base of knowledge across the discipline is a valuable path in the major.

Choose any 6 major elective classes.
Useful Minors: Any
Useful Cognate Classes: Any


Program Track 2: Organization Communication & Ethical Leadership

Rationale:

The Communication Studies degree offers an opportunity to develop skills and abilities in the area of Organizational Communication and Ethical Leadership. This track allows majors to develop an intellectually-driven professional skill-set that serves as preparation for working in positions that require the capacity to lead/manage teamwork; identify and improve workflow and work conditions; engage diverse constituencies; develop stakeholder buy-in; improve organizational outcomes; and, most generally, appreciate and enhance constituent relationships.

Choose 6 classes from the following major electives:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Group Communication
  • Family communication
  • Effective Listening
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Women, Language, and Gender
  • Health Communication
  • Strategies of Persuasion
  • Family Communication
  • Organizational Communication

Useful Minors:

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science-Web Development
  • Justice & Law Administration
  • Management
  • Management Information System
  • Marketing
  • Political Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theoretical & Applied Ethics
  • Women’s Studies

Useful Cognate Classes:

  • ANT 204: Culture and Personality
  • JLA 260: Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • MGT 250: Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 251: Human Resource Management
  • MIS 155: Business Information Technology
  • MIS 260: Information Systems Concepts
  • PS 403: International Institutions
  • PS 305: Comparative Government and Politics
  • PSY 205: Social Psychology
  • PSY 206: Industrial Psychology
  • PSY 208: Environmental Psychology
  • PSY 215: Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 220: Psychology of Learning
  • SOC 334: Organized Crimes
  • SOC 336: White Collar Crimes
  • SOC 200: Principles of Race and Racism
  • SOC 221: Human Family Systems

Program Track 3: Public Communications

Rationale:

The Communication Studies degree offers an opportunity to develop skills and abilities in the area of Public Communication. This track focuses on persuasion and public discourse. If you are interested in pursuing a career in communications industries, such as public relations, strategic communication, social media management, and the like, this might be a good track of study for you.

Choose 6 classes from the following major electives:

  • Public Speaking
  • Public Relations — NEW
  • Basic Video Production
  • DIMA 100
  • DIMA 200
  • Persuasion and Propaganda in the Media
  • Rhetoric of American Issues
  • Broadcast Writing
  • Strategies of Persuasion
  • History of Mass Media

Useful Minors:

  • Biology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science-Web Development
  • Justice & Law Administration
  • Management
  • Management Information System
  • Marketing
  • Political Sciences
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theoretical & Applied Ethics
  • Women’s Studies

Useful Cognate Classes:

  • MIS 307: Social Media in Business
  • MKT 201: Principles of Marketing
  • PSY 305: Psychology of Persuasion
  • PSY 205: Social Psychology
  • WRT 132W: Intro to Professional Writing
  • WRT 255W: Advertising, Copywriting, and Promotion
  • WRT 335W: Fact-based opinion writing
  • WRT 340W: Public relations writing, concepts and practices