Designed to allow you the flexibility to focus on one medium—video, digital media, audio, or film—or to combine two or more areas.
You'll gain knowledge and skills for media analysis, evaluation, and production.
Our curriculum balances theory and practical experience, bolstered by foundational principles in ethics, diversity, and intercultural communication.
- Personal, one-on-one faculty advisers
- On-site television studio, radio station, student newspaper
- Internships locally and in Washington, D.C.
- Exceptional alumni networking
- Communication Club and Television Club
Alumni Career Paths:
- Social Media Specialist
- Production Assistant
- Brand Marketing Coordinator
- Media Operations Director
- Studio Operations Director
- Executive Producer
The Media Arts and Analysis concentration offers students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the analysis, evaluation, and/or production of media texts. The concentration is designed to allow students the flexibility to focus on one medium-video, digital media, audio, or film-or to combine two or more areas. Courses in the concentration also encourage an examination of the structures and functions of media organizations.
Requirements for the Communication Major - 45 Credits
Required Major Core - 27 Credits
- COMM 0101 - Introduction to Mass Communication
- COMM 0102 - Introduction to Human Communication
- COMM 0201 - Introduction to Communication Technology
- COMM 0204 - Writing for the Media
- COMM 0207 - Communication Ethics
- COMM 0209 - Global Communication
- COMM 0221 - Communication Theory
- COMM 0307 - Communication Law
- COMM 0320 - Foundations of Communication Research
STUDENTS MUST ELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS. In addition to the required courses for each concentration, students are required to take electives, one of which must bear a COMM designation. If the concentration requires three or more electives, one of the remaining electives may be chosen from the approved elective list from any of the other concentrations.
Media Arts and Analysis - 18 Credits
Required - 9 Credits
In each of the three required categories (Writing, Production, and Social Context), choose one class.
- Writing (choose one of these)
- COMM 0332 - Writing for the Interactive Media
- COMM 0308 - Multimedia Journalism
- COMM 0309 - Broadcast Journalism
- Production: (choose one of these)
- COMM 0106 - Video Production I
- COMM 0202 - Introduction to Photography
- COMM 0223 - Web Page Design and Construction I
- COMM 0230 - Audio Production I
- Social Context: (choose one of these)
- COMM 0216 - Issues in Advertising
- COMM 0312 - Media Criticism
- COMM 0330 - Issues in the Media Industries
- COMM 0339 - Journalism and Society
Electives - choose three - 9 Credits
In addition to the courses appearing in the Electives list below, courses appearing in the Required section may be used as electives: no class in the Required section may count for both required and elective credit, but once students have fulfilled a Required category, additional courses listed for that category may be taken for elective credit.
- COMM 0108 - Introduction to Film
- ENGL 0108 - Introduction to Film
- COMM 0206 - Video Production II
- COMM 0212 - Film and Gender
- COMM 0213 - Global Film Studies
- COMM 0233 - Documentary Film
- COMM 0245 - The Silent Film
- COMM 0310 - Digital Video Editing
- COMM 0316 - Special Topics in Communication
- COMM 0325 - Photojournalism
- COMM 0329 - Crime and the Media
- CRJU 0329 - Crime and the Media
- COMM 0328 - Audio Production II
- COMM 0331 - Web Page Design and Construction II
- ENGL 0285 - Basics of Film Writing
- ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film
- COMM 0319 - Media Literacy
- COMM 0318 - Social Media, Social Context
Additional Graduation Requirements
All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.
The Communication Department prepares students to be well-informed, responsible citizens and creative and ethical communication practitioners. The department is unique in offering this balance of theory and practice, which is manifest through our courses, our widely respected internship program, and our students’ involvement in a wide and diverse variety of campus and community organizations.
From the local to the global level, our students and graduates apply their knowledge and skills to pursue further knowledge, establish professional careers, and improve their communities.
Related Clubs & Organizations
WSKB University Radio Station
The purpose of WSU-TV is to provide an on campus, student-operated television program that serves as a learning environment for students interested in television production