BA in Communication - Concentrations

Students have the OPTION of completing a concentration within the Communication Studies major. Concentrations require more intensive study and differ from minors in that they require an additional 9 credits of coursework related to the given area of study. Click here to learn more about Communication Studies Minors.

All Communication Studies majors take the same complement of required courses:

COMM2001: Perspectives on Communication Studies
COMM3018: Mass Communication
COMM3019: Global Communication
COMM3022: Communication Research
COMM4001: Communication Internship
COMM4005: Literary & Communication Theory

Student may elect to pursue concentrations in the following areas OR they may remain a Communication Studies generalist which will allow them to take any course with a COMM prefix.

Human Communication Concentration

This concentration is for students who wish to gain a thorough understanding of human communication and the theories that describe and explain it. Recommended for students with an interest in all aspects of human interaction or for students considering an advanced course of study.

Courses

18 credits of Required COMM Electives plus 9 credits of free COMM electives

FUNDAMENTALS
Take Both Courses 
COMM2002: Small Group Communication
COMM2003: Interpersonal Communication
PRINCIPLES**
Take Two Courses 

COMM2005:  Narrative Communication
COMM 2006: Nonverbal Communication
COMM 3004: Organizational Communication
COMM 3014: Family Communication

EXPLORATION***
Take Two Courses 

COMM 2210: Popular Culture and the Media
COMM 3005: Social Media, Communication, and Community
COMM 3023: Film and Culture
COMM 3051: Communication and Gender
COMM 3437: Talk at Work

ELECTIVES
Take Three Courses
COMM __
COMM __
COMM __

**Note: Students may take one or both of the two classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one or two of the three open COMM electives.

***Note: Students may take any of the remaining classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one of the three open COMM electives.    
 

Multimedia Journalism Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a career in the ever-changing world of journalism. Although journalism still involves the basics of researching and gathering information, today's journalists have more tools at their disposal for delivering that information to the public: photography, blogs, podcasts, webcasts, and more. Potential positions include: reporter, editor, newscaster, photojournalist, and more.

Courses

18 credits of Required COMM Electives plus 9 credits of free COMM electives

FUNDAMENTALS
Take Both Courses

COMM2011: Intro to Journalism
COMM4444: Multimedia Journalism

PRINCIPLES**
Take Two Courses

COMM 2005 Narrative Communication
COMM3012: News Writing
COMM3016: News Editing
COMM2214: Intro to Broadcasting

EXPLORATION***
Take Two Courses

COMM 2866: Women and Minorities in the Media
COMM 3013: Feature Writing
COMM 3051: Communication and Gender
COMM 3060: Television News
COMM 3248: Writing for Broadcast
COMM 3341: Radio Management
COMM 3349: Introduction to Television
COMM 3432: Sports Journalism
COMM 3838: Media Ethics

ELECTIVES
Take Three Courses

COMM __
COMM __
COMM __

       

**Note: Students may take one or both of the two classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one or two of the three open COMM electives.

***Note: Students may take any of the remaining classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one of the three open COMM electives.    
 

Public Relations Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a career in the public relations field. Potential positions include: publicity manager, events planner, press agent, lobbyist, strategic communication manager, and more.

Courses

18 credits of Required COMM Electives plus 9 credits of free COMM electives

FUNDAMENTALS
Take Both Courses

COMM2004: Principles of Public Relations
COMM3035: Public Relations Writing

PRINCIPLES**  
Take Two Courses

COMM3004: Organizational Communication
COMM3030: Event Planning
COMM3244: Public Relations Campaigns
COMM 3248: Writing for Broadcast

EXPLORATION***
Take Two Courses

COMM 2002: Small Group Communication
COMM 2003: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 2005: Narrative Communication
COMM 2006: Nonverbal Communication
COMM 2099: Professional Communication
COMM 3005: Social Media, Communication, and Community
COMM4480: Crisis Communication

ELECTIVES
Take Three Courses
COMM __
COMM __
COMM __



**Note: Students may take one or both of the two classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one or two of the three open COMM electives.

***Note: Students may take any of the remaining classes not chosen to satisfy the requirements for this section and have them count as one of the three open COMM electives.    

 

This page last updated October 20, 2016, by Gary P. Radford.
 

Contact:

Dr. Gary P. Radford
Department Chair
Tel: 973-443-8648
gradford@fdu.edu

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