Concentration Overview

The Communication 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 180: Public Communication in the Digital Age
  2. COMM 281: Communication Studies
  3. COMM 216: Professional Communication
  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
(2 courses must be at 300 level or above):

  • COMM 211: Scriptwriting I
  • COMM 219: Creative Writing
  • COMM 311S: Scriptwriting II
  • COMM 312: Literary Journalism
  • COMM 313W: Advanced Rhetoric
  • COMM 314W: Advertising and Public Relations
  • COMM 315: The Essay
  • COMM 316: Convergent Media: Social Media and Content Strategy 

 

At least two 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 351: Web Design
  • COMM 382: Radio Broadcasting
  • COMM 451: Topics in Multimedia Design

 

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

  • ART 101: Ancient through Medieval Art
  • ART 102: Renaissance through Contemporary Art
  • COMM 250: Design History
  • THEA 112: Analysis and Criticism
  • COMM 172: Visual Culture
  • COMM 178: Film Art
  • COMM 262: Shakespeare and Film
  • ART 291: Representations of the Holocaust
  • ART 305W: American Art & Architecture
  • ART 306S: Modern & Contemporary Art
  • ART 310: History of Photography
  • THEA 307S: History of the Theatre
  • THEA 308W: History of the Theatre
  • ENGL 362S: Cultural Studies
  • COMM 368: Film History
  • COMM 373S: Theory and Criticism of Film
  • COMM 383: Digital Rhetoric and Cultures
  • COMM 399: Film and Television Studies

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

11 Courses : 44 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 281: Communication Studies
  3. COMM 216: Professional Communication

 

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

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

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

6 Courses: 24 hours

Contact Info

Michelle Glaros

R.Z. Biedenharn Chair in Communication