Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BA in Communication

The bachelor of arts in communication prepares students for graduate study or professional positions in such fields as interpersonal and organizational communication, journalism, media production and criticism, political communication, and public relations.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in communication must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 39 credits within the major, with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course.

Of the 39 credits applied to the major, no more than 10 credits may be from courses listed at the end of this degree description (see "courses limited to 10 credits" below).

In addition to 12 credits of core courses, students take 21 credits of courses in a concentration and 6 credits of additional communication courses. Of these last 27 credits, at least 12 credits must be at the 300-400 level, no more than 6 credits may be in COMM 450 - Internship in Communication, and no more than 3 credits may be in COMM 452 - Media Production Practicum.

Four required courses (12 credits) in communication

Students must complete COMM 200 with a grade of C (2.00) or better before enrolling in COMM 300. Before enrolling in COMM 400, students must complete six credits from either COMM 300, 301, 302, or COMM 305 with a grade of C (2.00) or better.

COMM 200 - Communication Theory Credits: 3

COMM 300 - Foundations of Public Communication Credits: 3

COMM 305 - Foundations of Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

COMM 400 - Research Methods in Communication Credits: 3

One approved concentration (21 credits)

Students complete coursework in one concentration. They must declare their concentration before they earn more than 75 credits. Transfer students with 60 or more credits are encouraged to declare a concentration by the end of their first semester. COMM 399 Special Topics in Communication or other special topics courses from other concentrations may be applied toward a concentration when the topic is relevant to the concentration with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.

◊ Concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (IOC)

Three required courses (9 credits)

Two core courses (6 credits)

COMM 301 - Foundations of Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3

COMM 335 - Organizational Communication Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

COMM 201 - Small Group Communication Credits: 3

COMM 332 - Nonverbal Communication Credits: 3

12 credits chosen from:

COMM 201 - Small Group Communication Credits: 3

COMM 230 - Case Studies in Persuasion Credits: 3

COMM 304 - Foundations of Health Communication Credits: 3

COMM 306 - Issues in Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

COMM 320 - Business and Professional Communication Credits: 3

COMM 332 - Nonverbal Communication Credits: 3

COMM 334 - Family and Health Communication Credits: 3

COMM 367 - Children and Media Credits: 3

COMM 385 - Special Topics in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Credits: 3

COMM 395 - Special Topics in Health Communication Credits: 3

COMM 401 - Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace Credits: 3

COMM 430 - Persuasion Credits: 3

COMM 433 - Environmental Communication Credits: 3

COMM 434 - Interviewing Credits: 3

COMM 435 - Digital Communication Credits: 3

COMM 440 - Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance Credits: 3

COMM 465 - Topics in Communication and Gender Credits: 3

Total: 21 credits

◊ Concentration in Journalism (JNL)

Four required courses (12 credits)

Three core courses (9 credits)

COMM 203 - Introduction to Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 303 - Writing across the Media Credits: 3

COMM 454 - Free Speech and Ethics Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

COMM 351 - News Writing and Reporting Credits: 3

COMM 352 - News Editing: Print and Beyond Credits: 3

COMM 361 - Online Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 453 - Multimedia Journalism Credits: 3

9 credits chosen from:

COMM 145 - Newspaper Workshop I Credits: 1

COMM 148 - Radio Workshop I Credits: 1

COMM 157 - Digital Media Workshop Credits: 1

COMM 302 - Foundations of Media Theory Credits: 3

COMM 345 - Newspaper Workshop II Credits: 1

COMM 351 - News Writing and Reporting Credits: 3(if not taken as a required course)

COMM 352 - News Editing: Print and Beyond Credits: 3

COMM 353 - Broadcast Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 356 - Video: Performance and Writing Credits: 3

COMM 361 - Online Journalism Credits: 3(if not taken as a required course)

COMM 370 - Feature Writing Credits: 3

COMM 371 - Sports Writing and Reporting Credits: 3

COMM 373 - Business and Economic Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 374 - Political Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 387 - Special Topics in Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 453 - Multimedia Journalism Credits: 3(if not taken as a required course)

COMM 455 - History of Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 475 - Journalism Law Credits: 3

Total: 21 credits

◊ Concentration in Media Production and Criticism (MPC)

Three required courses (9 credits)

Students may not receive credit for both COMM 208 and COMM 355.

COMM 208 - Introduction to Media Production Credits: 3

COMM 302 - Foundations of Media Theory Credits: 3

COMM 380 - Media Criticism Credits: 3

12 credits chosen from:

COMM 148 - Radio Workshop I Credits: 1

COMM 157 - Digital Media Workshop Credits: 1

COMM 202 - Media and Society Credits: 3

COMM 210 - Voice and Articulation Credits: 3

COMM 255 - Introduction to Media Literacy Credits: 3

COMM 303 - Writing across the Media Credits: 3

COMM 310 - Performance for Communication Arts Credits: 3

COMM 346 - Yearbook Workshop Credits: 1

COMM 347 - Cable TV Programming and Marketing Credits: 1

COMM 348 - Radio Workshop II Credits: 1

COMM 350 - Mass Communication and Public Policy Credits: 3

COMM 353 - Broadcast Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 354 - Radio Production Credits: 3

COMM 356 - Video: Performance and Writing Credits: 3

COMM 358 - Multi-Camera Studio Production Credits: 3

COMM 359 - Media Management Credits: 3

COMM 360 - Digital Postproduction Credits: 3

COMM 363 - Media Career Seminar Credits: 1

COMM 364 - Videography Credits: 3

COMM 365 - Gender, Race, and Class in the Media Credits: 3

COMM 366 - Visual Communication Credits: 3

COMM 367 - Children and Media Credits: 3

COMM 372 - Sports and the Media Credits: 3

COMM 375 - Mass Communication Advertising and Promotions Credits: 3

COMM 396 - Special Topics in Mass Communication Credits: 3

COMM 397 - Special Topics in Production Credits: 1-3

COMM 435 - Digital Communication Credits: 3

COMM 452 - Media Production Practicum Credits: 1-3

COMM 456 - Comparative Mass Media Credits: 3

Total: 21 credits

◊ Concentration in Political Communication (PCOM)

Four required courses (12 credits)

COMM 302 - Foundations of Media Theory Credits: 3

COMM 430 - Persuasion Credits: 3

COMM 432 - Political Communication Credits: 3

COMM 454 - Free Speech and Ethics Credits: 3

9 credits chosen from:

COMM 140 - Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 141 - Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 142 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 143 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 230 - Case Studies in Persuasion Credits: 3

COMM 260 - Basic Debate Theory and Practice Credits: 3

COMM 261 - Theories of Argumentation Credits: 3

COMM 320 - Business and Professional Communication Credits: 3

COMM 326 - Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy Credits: 3

COMM 340 - Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 341 - Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 342 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 343 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 362 - Argument and Public Policy Credits: 3

COMM 374 - Political Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 380 - Media Criticism Credits: 3

COMM 386 - Special Topics in Political Communication Credits: 3

COMM 412 - Politics and the Mass Media Credits: 3

COMM 431 - New Media and Democracy Credits: 3

COMM 433 - Environmental Communication Credits: 3

COMM 465 - Topics in Communication and Gender Credits: 3

Total: 21 credits

◊ Concentration in Public Relations (PR)

Four required courses (12 credits)

COMM 204 - Introduction to Public Relations Credits: 3

COMM 303 - Writing across the Media Credits: 3

COMM 331 - Advanced Principles in Public Relations Credits: 3

COMM 430 - Persuasion Credits: 3

9 credits chosen from:

COMM 202 - Media and Society Credits: 3

COMM 230 - Case Studies in Persuasion Credits: 3

COMM 260 - Basic Debate Theory and Practice Credits: 3

COMM 261 - Theories of Argumentation Credits: 3

COMM 302 - Foundations of Media Theory Credits: 3

COMM 320 - Business and Professional Communication Credits: 3

COMM 335 - Organizational Communication Credits: 3

COMM 351 - News Writing and Reporting Credits: 3

COMM 359 - Media Management Credits: 3

COMM 362 - Argument and Public Policy Credits: 3

COMM 375 - Mass Communication Advertising and Promotions Credits: 3

COMM 388 - Special Topics in Public Relations Credits: 3

COMM 389 - Public Relations for Associations and Nonprofits Credits: 3

COMM 390 - Issues in Public Relations Credits: 3

COMM 391 - Writing for Public Relations Credits: 3

COMM 392 - Public Relations Study Abroad Credits: 3

COMM 411 - Public Relations Practicum Credits: 3

COMM 433 - Environmental Communication Credits: 3

COMM 440 - Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance Credits: 3

COMM 454 - Free Speech and Ethics Credits: 3

Total: 21 credits

Additional courses in communication (6 credits)

Students choose six (6) credits of COMM courses in consultation with an advisor. COMM 100 and 101 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

No more than 10 credits from the courses listed at the end of this program description may be applied to the major. In addition, no more than 6 credits of COMM 450 - Internship in Communication or 3 credits of COMM 452 - Media Production Practicum may be applied to the major.

Total: 39 credits

Courses Limited to 10 Credits

Of the 39 credits applied to the major, no more than 10 credits may be in these courses:

COMM 140 - Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 141 - Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 142 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 143 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 145 - Newspaper Workshop I Credits: 1

COMM 148 - Radio Workshop I Credits: 1

COMM 157 - Digital Media Workshop Credits: 1

COMM 340 - Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 341 - Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts Credits: 1

COMM 342 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 343 - Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies Credits: 1

COMM 345 - Newspaper Workshop II Credits: 1

COMM 346 - Yearbook Workshop Credits: 1

COMM 348 - Radio Workshop II Credits: 1

COMM 398 - Research Practicum in Communication Credits: 1-3

COMM 450 - Internship in Communication Credits: 3

COMM 451 - Facilitating Communication Education Credits: 3

COMM 452 - Media Production Practicum Credits: 1-3

COMM 491 - RS: Honors Research Project in Communication Credits: 3

COMM 498 - RS: Research Projects in Communication Credits: 3

COMM 499 - Independent Study in Communication Credits: 1-3

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as writing intensive in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in communication fulfill this requirement by successfully completing COMM 300.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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