Degree plan

All students are required to complete the General Education Requirements of their campus in fulfillment of their bachelor’s degree requirements.

Major requirements (45 credits)

6 credits from the MAJOR may be applied toward General Education Requirements

Required courses (18 credits)

  • COMM2204 Introduction to Human Communication
  • COMM2102 International Communication
  • COMM2861 Mass Communication
  • COMM3101 Research Methods
  • COMM4001 Communication Internship
  • COMM4005 Communication Theory

Communication electives (27 credits)

Note: Three credits in Internship Experience (COMM4002) may be used to fulfill a Major Elective Requirement.

Six credits from the MAJOR may be applied toward General Education Requirements.

Concentrations

Students have the OPTION of completing a concentration within the Communication 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. Students should see an advisor about communication concentration.

Human Communication concentration (27 credits)

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.

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

Required concentration courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals (6 credits)  take both courses

  • COMM2002 Small Group Communication
  • COMM2003 Interpersonal Communication

Principles (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM2006 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM3004 Organizational Communication
  • COMM3006 Narrative Communication
  • COMM3014 Family Communication

Exploration (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM3005 Social Media, Communication, and Community
  • COMM3023 Film and Culture
  • COMM3051 Communication and Gender
  • COMM3437 Talk at Work

Electives (9 credits)

Note: Three credits in Internship Experience (COMM4002) may be used to fulfill a Major Elective Requirement.

Multimedia Journalism concentration (27 credits)

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.

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

Required concentration courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals (6 credits)  take both courses

  • COMM2011 Intro to Journalism
  • COMM4444 Multimedia Journalism

Principles (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM2214 Intro to Broadcasting
  • COMM3012 News Writing
  • COMM3016 News Editing

Exploration (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM2012 Introduction to Television and Digital Journalism
  • COMM2443 Media Ethics
  • COMM3013 Feature Writing
  • COMM3060 Television News and Digital Journalism
  • COMM3248 Writing for Broadcast
  • COMM3341 Radio Management
  • COMM3432 Sports Journalism

Electives (9 credits)

Note: Three credits in Internship Experience (COMM4002) may be used to fulfill a Major Elective Requirement.

Public Relations concentration (27 credits)

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.

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

Required concentration courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals (6 credits)  take both courses

  • COMM2004 Principles of Public Relations
  • COMM3035 Public Relations Writing

Principles (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM3004 Organizational Communication
  • COMM3030 Event Planning
  • COMM3244 Public Relations Campaigns
  • COMM3248 Writing for Broadcast

Exploration (6 credits) take any two courses

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.

  • COMM2002 Small Group Communication
  • COMM3005 Social Media and Communication
  • COMM3006 Narrative Communication
  • COMM4480 Crisis Communication

Electives (9 credits)

Note: Three credits in Internship Experience (COMM4002) may be used to fulfill a Major Elective Requirement.

Fall and Spring Course Offerings

These courses are offered every Fall and Spring Semester.

  • COMM 1001 Comm in Everyday Life (Gen Ed)
  • COMM 2001 Perspectives in Communication (Gen Ed)
  • COMM 2099: Professional Communication (Gen Ed)
  • COMM 3018 Mass Communication (Gen Ed)
  • COMM 3019 Global Communication (Gen Ed)
  • COMM 3022 Communication Research
  • COMM 4001 Communication Internship
  • COMM 4005 Lit and Communication Theory

These courses are offered only in the Fall Semester.

  • Human Communication Concentration
    • COMM2003: Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 2221: Popular Culture and the Media
    • COMM 3050: Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations Concentration
    • COMM2003: Interpersonal Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM2004: Principles of Public Relations (Gen Ed)
    • COMM3030: Event Planning
    • COMM 3050: Organizational Communication
    • COMM4480: Crisis Communication
  • Multi Media Journalism Concentration
    • COMM 2011: Intro to Journalism (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 2866: Women and Minorities in the Media (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 3060: Television News
    • COMM 3838: Media Ethics

These courses are offered only in the Spring Semester.

  • Human Communication Concentration
    • COMM 2002: Small Group Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 2006: Nonverbal Communication OR COMM 3051 Gender and Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 3005: Social Media, Communication, and Community
    • COMM 3014: Family Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 3023: Film and Culture
  • Public Relations Concentration
    • COMM 2002: Small Group Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 2005: Narrative Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 2006: Nonverbal Communication OR COMM 3051 Gender and Communication (Gen Ed)
    • COMM 3005: Social Media, Communication, and Community
    • COMM 3035: Public Relations Writing 
    • COMM 3244: Public Relations Campaigns
    • COMM 3248: Writing for Broadcast
  • Multi Media Journalism Concentration
    • COMM 3012: News Writing
    • COMM 3016: News Editing
    • COMM 3248: Writing for Broadcast
    • COMM 3341: Radio Management
    • COMM 3349: Introduction to Television
    • COMM 3432: Sports Journalism
    • COMM 4444: Multimedia Journalism
Contact Information
Dr. Gary P. Radford
973-443-8648
gradford@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions