Media and Professional Communications (BA)

The CGS Media and Professional Communications major provides students with a rigorous education in the theories of mass media process, history, and ethics as well as the opportunity to specialize in one of three professional practice areas: Corporate/Community Relations; Writing for the Professions, and Digital Media.

Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in media and professional communications. Of this total, the major consists of 12 credits of required core courses and 24 credits of specialization courses (see below), for a total of 36 credits.

Note: English composition (ENGCMP) courses and writing-intensive courses (officially designated as W courses in the catalog) that are taken for the major must be passed with a grade of C or higher (grades of C- or lower are not acceptable). 

For the remaining degree requirements, see our General Education program page.

 
 

Flexible Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints. CGS online offerings are marked with (Web) or (Hybrid) on program website.

Core Courses: (12 Credits)

The following four courses are required for all three tracks. Some courses serve as prerequisites to more advanced courses in the MPCOMM major. Please review individual catalog descriptions and plan your schedule accordingly.

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Format: F2F and Web
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Format: F2F and Web
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Format: Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021

Specializations: (24 Credits)

Choose one of the three specialization tracks that follow:

TRACK 1: Corporate/Community Relations

Engaging with stakeholders -- whether the customers, the general public or investors -- is important for any business. This option prepares you for communicating with a company's many audiences.

REQUIRED COURSES: (9 CREDITS)

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Note: CBA students may use BUSMKT 1040 in place of BUSERV 1940.
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Format: Web
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Approved Topic: Public and Media Relations (SEC 77XX)
Format: Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021

INTERNSHIP: (3 CREDITS)

Choose one of these two options:

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Format: Web
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ELECTIVES: (12 CREDITS)

Select four courses from the list of approved electives. View electives »

TRACK 2: Writing for the Professions

Businesses of all kinds need skilled wordsmiths, from technical writers to copywriters, to help them communicate their message; this concentration helps you focus on the written word in a corporate setting.

REQUIRED COURSES: (6 CREDITS)

Choose two courses from the following:

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Note: COMMRC 1114 may be substituted with either COMMRC 1161 Communication Ethics 3 cr or, if not used as an elective, ENGCMP 1103 Public Relations Writing 3 cr.
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Format: F2F and Web
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INTERNSHIP: (3 CREDITS)

Select one of these two options:

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Format: Web
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ELECTIVES: (15 CREDITS)

Select five courses from the list of approved electives. View electives »

TRACK 3: Digital Media

Today’s media organizations produce content for multiple platforms; this option introduces you to the many ways -- from audio and video to graphic design -- you can create and share a story.

REQUIRED COURSES: (9 CREDITS)

Complete three courses from the list below:

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Format: F2F and Web
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Note: Cross-listed with FMST 0800

Choose one of the following two:

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Format: Web
Note: Cross-listed with FMST 0100
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Note: Cross-listed with FMST 0130

INTERNSHIP: (3 CREDITS)

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Format: Web

ELECTIVES: (12 CREDITS)

Select four courses from the list of approved electives. View electives »

Please Note: Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.