Concentration Overview

The Communication Arts Program's Professional Writing concentration allows students to investigate varied aspects of communication that pertain to contemporary writers including public relations, publishing and scriptwriting, as well as social media and content strategy. All Communication majors receive strong grounding in contemporary communication practices including writing, cultural analysis, multimedia film and audio production, and design communication which culminates in an individualized portfolio of original work highlighting each students' professional preparation and aspirations. Within the nexus of these creative arenas, students are invited to tailor the concentration to accommodate their individual interests.

 

Concentration Requirements

 

Major Requirements:

  1. COMM 200: Media Practicum
  2. COMM 216: Professional Communication
  3. COMM 281: Communication Studies
  4. COMM 400: Internship in Communication
  5. COMM 473: Senior Seminar in Communication

 

At least three courses in professional writing to be selected from the following:

  • COMM 219: Creative Writing
  • COMM 310: Sports Information: Communication & Culture
  • COMM 311S: Scriptwriting II
  • COMM 312: Literary Journalism
  • COMM 313W: Advanced Rhetoric
  • COMM 314W: Advertising & Public Relations
  • COMM 315: The Essay
  • COMM 316: Convergent Media: Social Media and Content Strategy 

 

At least three courses in visual, audio, and multimedia production to be selected from the following:

  • COMM 218: Introduction to Photography
  • COMM 221: Digital Film Production I
  • COMM 251: Design Communication
  • COMM 321: Digital Film Production II
  • COMM 325: Documentary Film
  • COMM 326: Fiction Film
  • COMM 351: Web Design
  • COMM 352: Print Design
  • COMM 382: Radio Broadcasting
  • COMM 451: Multimedia Campaign

 

At least one course in cultural history and analysis to be selected from the following:

  • ART 291: Representations of the Holocaust
  • ART 306S: Modern & Contemporary Art
  • ART 310: History of Photography
  • COMM 383: Digital Rhetoric and Cultures
  • COMM 399: Film and Television Studies

 

12 Courses : 48 hours

 

Supportive Requirements:

  • Completion of the intermediate level of a foreign language.

 

 

Minor Requirements:

  1. COMM 180: Public Communication in the Digital Age
  2. COMM 216: Professional Communication
  3. COMM 281: Communication Studies

 

At least three courses in professional writing to be selected from the following:

  • COMM 219: Creative Writing
  • COMM 211: Scriptwriting I
  • COMM 310: Sports Information: Communication & Culture
  • COMM 312: Literary Journalism
  • COMM 313W: Advanced Rhetoric
  • COMM 314W: Advertising & Public Relations
  • COMM 315: The Essay
  • COMM 316: Convergent Media: Social Media and Content Strategy 
  • COMM 319S: Screenwriting II

At least two COMM courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.

6 Courses: 24 hours

Contact Info

Michelle Glaros

R.Z. Biedenharn Chair in Communication