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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media and Communication (B.A.)


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Gina Daddario, Professor of Media and Communication
Henkel Hall, Room 217, (540) 678-4338, [email protected]

The Media and Communication major is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for the communication challenges of the 21st century. All majors complete a common core of courses in media history, theory, writing, research, law and ethics. Students can then select from an array of elective courses in the areas of journalism, digital media, public relations, and media studies to cultivate their individual talents and professional objectives. All students in the program are required to complete at least one campus or field internship.

Media and Communication majors learn marketable skills such as presentational and public speaking, news writing and reporting, video production and editing, public relations writing and research, digital graphics and design, among others. SU alumni are employed in the fields of newspaper reporting, radio operations, television sports reporting, university public relations, arts and non-profit management, museum operations and network  television news. The curriculum also provides students with a solid foundation for acceptance into graduate programs in mass communication, journalism, education or political science.

Required Courses


MCOM Core:


Required of all majors, in addition to general education and a minor. Transfer students must fulfill the A&S foreign language requirement.

Elective Areas:


All majors must complete a minimum of 15 elective credits. Students may choose from any of the mass communication course offerings and are encouraged to identify electives in consultation with their advisor. At least six credit hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Course Map


1st Year – Fall


Total: 15 credits


1st Year – Spring


Total: 15 credits


2nd Year – Fall


  • MCOM 211 Media Ethics Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3 (200 level course)
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor /Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Gen Ed Domain/Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15 credits


2nd Year – Spring


Total: 15 credits


3rd Year – Fall


Total: 15 credits


3rd Year – Spring


  • MCOM 411 Media Law Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Fall


  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15 credits


4th Year – Spring


  • MCOM 499 Capstone Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • MCOM Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective for Minor/Elective Credit(s): 3

Total: 15 credits


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