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Major Requirements

The major consists of ten (10) courses with a minimum of thirty (30) credits.

Required and Core Courses

Communication majors must take at least one of the following introductory, 1000-level courses, which is a requirement for enrolling in core courses:

  • Introduction to Cinema – COMM 1150
  • Introduction to Television – COMM 1250 (COMM 2550 before Fall 2021)
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies – COMM 1350
  • Introduction to Global Media – COMM 1450
  • Introduction to New Media and Internet Studies – COMM 1550 (COMM 2220 before Fall 2021)
  • Introduction to Media Studies – COMM 1650

Majors must complete three upper-level core courses, one in each area of the curriculum, preferably by the end of junior year. These core courses include:

  • In the Texts and Representation area, Film Analysis (COMM 3150) or Rhetorical Criticism (COMM 3250) or New Media Analysis (COMM 3350)
  • In the Identities and Relationships area, Cross-Cultural Analysis (COMM 3140)
  • In the Structures and Institutions area, Technology Analysis (COMM 3160) or Media Analysis (COMM 3260).

Students who have an overall GPA of less than 2.50 when they declare the major must complete a 1000 or 2000 level course with a grade of C- or better before they will be allowed to enroll in a core course.


Of the six electives, two (2) must be completed at the 3000 level or above and two (2) must be completed at the 4000 level or above. The remaining two (2) can be completed at any level. If students take two courses at one core area (i.e. two courses in texts and representations), the second course counts towards an elective.

Students wishing to see their progress in the major can complete the Communication Major Requirements worksheet. Please complete this form before getting in touch with your major advisor for any questions.

Honors Students

Students wishing to graduate with honors in Communication must take either the graduate seminar (COMM 6210 or 6220) or another 4000-level honors course and complete an honors project/thesis. Students must register for the honors thesis with the Honors Program.