Areas of Emphasis

The Communications Department prepares students for careers in Print Journalism, Public Relations, Radio, Television and Media Design. Students begin production skills courses immediately, gain "real world" experiences through service learning and applied projects, and benefit from small class sizes, The Communications Department is one of 104 programs in the country to earn full accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Degree Requirements

Students can choose either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Communications. Students must complete a required set of general education courses to satisfy the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.


The Department of Communications offers fours areas of emphasis. The coursework is designed to prepare students for a competitive career in media and communication-related careers. Class sizes are intentionally small, and the coursework is focused on hands-on learning experiences. You will learn how to create, produce and design messages for all types of media using industry-standard software and equipment.


To graduate, Communications majors must satisfy the "72-hour Rule" of ACEJMC, our department's national accrediting agency. This means that students must complete a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside the major. A course must be completed with a grade of at least "C" to be counted in the major.

Major and Minor Requirements

Students complete 48 hours of Communications coursework beyond the general education courses. Read more about each area, including course requirements and sample semester course plans:

A course must be completed with a grade of at least "C" to be counted in the major. Communications majors are also required to complete a minor (typically 18–21 credit hours) in a complementary field. Possible minors include theater, marketing, computer science, fashion merchandising or graphic design, depending on your career goal.

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Major & Minor Requirements

We offer four areas of emphasis for the Communications major. Non-majors may minor in Communications. Take a look at the required courses and sample course plans.

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