Program Requirements

Our courses are taught by experts in the field and utilize state-of-the-art digital communication technology that professional communication practitioners use. We keep our class sizes small so that students have a high level of interaction with their professors. Students gain the skills to create journalistic, persuasive and strategic communication materials and campaigns for face-to-face, digital, print and broadcast media.

All Communication majors complete an internship during their time at Marymount. Course assignments include the creation of materials for professional portfolios that are an asset to students seeking jobs and internships. In addition to practical skills, courses give students a foundation in communication theory, research, and ethics so that they may become responsible and effective communication professionals.

Major Requirements - Communication (B.A.)

To fulfill the degree requirements of the major in communication, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty adviser. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements. For more details see: University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core

Courses Required for All Majors (12 credits)

CMD 100 Introduction to Media Communication
CMD 101 Public Speaking
CMD 206 Introduction to Public Relations          
CMD 209 Contemporary Journalism (WI) 

Senior Requirements (6 credits)

​CMD 425 Senior Seminar in Communication
CMD 400 Internship (Requires min. 120 hours)

Digital Media (choice of at least two; 6 credits)

CMD 200 Electronic Publishing
CMD 204 Video Production: Multimedia Communication 
CMD 205 Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication
CMD 307 Broadcast Writing and Delivery
CMD 308 Web and Social Media Design
CMD 315 Writing for Digital Media (WI)

Electives (choose at least 7 courses, 21 credits)

CMD 102 Visual Communication & Design
CMD 220 Intercultural Communication (GP)
CMD 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
CMD 304 Media Criticism (WI)
CMD 310 Career and Professional Communication 
CMD 360 Communication and Design Studio 
CMD 399 Topics in Communication
CMD 401 Public Relations Case Studies 
CMD 402 Organizational Communication 
CMD 403 Principles of Communication Law
CMD 405 Portfolio
CMD 421 Independent Study
CMD 433 Research

Communication majors may satisfy the three-course university Writing-Intensive (WI) requirement by taking CMD 209 Contemporary Journalism and choosing among the major electives 315 Writing for Digital Media, CMD 304 Media Criticism, and/or other WI courses in the Liberal Arts Core or university electives. 

Minor Requirements - Communication

CMD 100 Introduction to Media Communication
CMD 101 Public Speaking
CMD 206 Introduction to Public Relations
CMD 209 Contemporary Journalism
Nine (9) additional credits in CMD courses. Of the 9 remaining credits in
the minor, at least two courses (6 credits) should at the 300 or 400 level.