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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)

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

Senior Requirements (6 credits)

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

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

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

Electives (choose at least 7 courses, 21 credits)

GMD 102 Visual Communication & Design
COMM 201 Research Methods in Communication
GMD 205 Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication              
COMM 220 Intercultural Communication (GP)
COMM 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
COMM 304 Media Criticism (WI)
COMM 310 Career and Professional Communication
COMM 399 Topics in Communication
COMM 401 Public Relations Case Studies 
COMM 402 Organizational Communication 
COMM 403 Principles of Communication Law
COMM 421 Independent Study
COMM 433 Research

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

Minor Requirements - Communication

The minor in Communication is an 18-credit minor that requires students to take the following six (6) courses:

Required for all Communication minors:

COMM 100 Introduction to Media Communication
COMM 101 Public Speaking

Choose at least one of the following:

COMM 206 Introduction to Public Relations
COMM 209 Contemporary Journalism

Communication Minor Electives:

Nine (9) additional credits in Communication (COMM) courses that count toward a B.A. in Communication. At least two (2) of these courses, for a total of six (6) credits should at the 300 or 400 level.

Public Relations Minor Requirements

Public relations represents a strategic communication process that includes ethical and professional client interactions directed at achieving mutual objectives and results, researching and analyzing trends, planning and decision making, communicating and collaborating with stakeholders, and building positive relationships with key public constituencies and the media. This minor will prepare students to meet the knowledge objectives, goals, skills, and competencies required not only in public relations, but also in related employment areas such as corporate communication, integrated marketing communication, public information, and external affairs. The minor will also prepare students for graduate education in communication, public relations, marketing, and other related fields.

The public relations minor requires a total of 18 credits. It is recommended that communication majors who wish to also minor in public relations take COMM 206, COMM 302, and COMM 401, and choose three courses from the designated marketing course options.

Minor Requirements

COMM 206 Introduction to Public Relations

Choose at least one of the following:

COMM 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
COMM 401 Public Relations Case Studies

Four (4) additional courses must be selected from the following list:

COMM 209 Contemporary Journalism
COMM 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
COMM 310 Career and Professional Communication
COMM 315 Writing for Digital Media
COMM 401 Public Relations Case Studies
COMM 402 Organizational Communication
MKT 204 Sustainable Marketing
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing
MKT 310 Event Planning
MKT 319 Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

 

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