Course Requirements

Convergent Journalism Emphasis

Below are the required courses for the Communication Studies major, Convergent Journalism emphasis. You may also want to consult the curriculum guide, a suggested sequence of classes that can help you plan your course of study.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Communication Studies core: 18 credit hours

  • COMM 112 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 171 Media and Culture
  • COMM 201 Media Writing 1
  • COMM 230 Persuasion
  • COMM 303 Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 401 Advanced Communication Theory and Senior Thesis

Convergent Journalism: 18 credit hours

  • COMM 104 Introduction to Media Technology
  • COMM 202 Media Writing 2
  • COMM 301 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 381 Convergence Media: Broadcasting in an Internet World
  • COMM 405 Communication Law and Ethics
  • COMM 450 Producing and Editing Across Media

Choose 3 credit hours from:

  • COMM 180 Stage and Studio Television
  • COMM 232 Debate and Freedom of Speech
  • COMM 322 Advanced Reporting and Writing
  • COMM 372 Media Criticism 
  • COMM 382 Documentary Design and Production
  • COMM 395 Cultural Impact of Popular Media
  • COMM 480 Advanced Stage and Studio Television

Experiential learning: Choose 3 credit hours from:

  • COMM 377 Study Abroad
  • COMM 397 Independent Study in Communication
  • COMM 399 Internship in Communication
  • COMM 411 Supervised Practicum -Editors
  • COMM 477 Senior Project
  • COMM 499 Donovan Media Development Center Practicum