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College of Fine Arts and Communication


School of Communication


Linda G. Kean, Director, 102C Joyner East

BA in Communication


Note: Students will not be admitted into the BA program after Fall 2007. Please see the BS degree and concentrations listed below. The BA in communication prepares students (admitted prior to Fall 2007) to work in public relations and journalism in business, government, and community agencies. The program offers traditional courses in mass communication along with courses reflecting the dynamic interpersonal and technological communication changes of today's society. In order to declare a major in the BA in communication, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, and must achieve a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in both COMM 1001 and COMM 1002. A minimum grade of C- (1.7) is required in all COMM/MPRD courses that count toward the major. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core - 15 s.h.
    COMM 1001. Introduction to Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    COMM 1002. Media Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1100)
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    COMM 4080. Senior Communication Capstone (3) (SL*) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; completion of 24 s.h. in COMM before registering for course)
  4. Concentration area (Choose one.) - 21 s.h.
    Communication Studies (21 s.h.):
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3151. Family Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3380. Computer Mediated Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4130. Conflict and Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professionals (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3400. Argumentation (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 3410. Advanced Public Speaking (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 2410 or 2420)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM) or COMM 4042. First Amendment Law (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3400. Argumentation (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 4075. Media Criticism (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4400. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    Choose 3 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives
    Public Relations (21 s.h.):
    COMM 2320. Basic Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3120. Public Relations Theory (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4180. Public Relations Strategies (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2104, 3120)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (P: COMM major or minor; COMM 1001, 1002 or consent of instructor)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3151. Family Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3380. Computer Mediated Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3400. Argumentation (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 4130. Conflict and Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    COMM 4400. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 2104. Public Relations and Corporate Writing (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3310. Copy Editing and Design (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3340. Desktop Publishing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 3362. Visual Editing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; consent of instructor)
    COMM 3500. Web Design for Communication Professionals (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM) or
    COMM 4042. First Amendment Law (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professional (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3390. International News Communication (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4091. Internship-Seminar (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4185. International Public Relations (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 3120)
    Print Journalism (21 s.h.):
    COMM 2320. Basic Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3320. Multiplatform Journalism (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 2320, 3220) or COMM 3322. Computer Assisted Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320) or COMM 3311. Business and Economic Reporting (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320) or COMM 3330. Feature Writing (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM) or COMM 4042. First Amendment Law (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3310. Copy Editing and Design (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3340. Desktop Publishing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 3362. Visual Editing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; consent of instructor)
    COMM 3500. Web Design for Communication Professionals (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3390. International News Communication (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    MPRD 2250. Classic Documentaries: 1900-2000 (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4075. Media Criticism (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives.
  5. Minor and general electives to complete requirements for graduation. Students who major in communication cannot minor in communication.

BS in Communication

The BS in communication, has concentrations in interpersonal/organizational communication, journalism, media production, media studies and public relations. Students must be admitted to the School of Communication prior to pursuing a major. Admission may be requested upon acceptance to ECU. Students are required to meet with a School of Communication's advisor in order to apply. Entering freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 un-weighted high school GPA. Continuing or transfer students may apply for admittance, provided he or she has a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. To continue in any communication major, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

A minimum grade of C- (1.7) is required in all COMM/MPRD courses that count toward the major. In addition, a minimum grade of C- (1.7) must be achieved in all COMM/MPRD prerequisites before students can advance in the curriculum.

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign language through level 1002 - 6 s.h.
  3. Core - 12 s.h.
    COMM 1001. Introduction to Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    COMM 1002. Media Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1100)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    Capstone Course (Concentration specific)
    Interpersonal/Organizational Communication: COMM 4060 or 4080
    Journalism: COMM 4321 or COMM 4293
    Media Production: MPRD 4250
    Public Relations: COMM 4080
    Media Studies: COMM 4060 or 4080
  4. Concentration area (Choose one) - 30-36 s.h.
    Interpersonal/Organizational Communication (30 s.h.):
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3380. Computer Mediated Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professionals (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4400. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    Choose 9 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives
    Journalism (30 s.h.):
    Foreign language through level 1004 (Requirement for graduation: the 6 s.h. will not be applied toward the journalism concentration total.)
    COMM 2210. Writing for the Electronic Mass Media (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2320. Basic Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3220. Video News Production (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3320. Multiplatform Journalism (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 2320, 3220)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM) or COMM 4042. First Amendment Law (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 9 s.h. from:
    COMM 3310. Copy Editing and Design (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3311. Business and Economic Reporting (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3322. Computer Assisted Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3330. Feature Writing (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3340. Desktop Publishing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 3500. Web Design for Communication Professionals (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4293. Editing and Producing the News (3) (P: COMM 3320; COMM major; 1001, 1002 or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4321. Investigative Reporting (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 3320)
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3390. International News Communication (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3520. Sports Media Survey (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professionals (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4075. Media Criticism (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Media Production (36 s.h.):
    Note: Students will not be admitted into the Media Production (MPRD) concentration within the BS degree program after Spring 2010. Please see the BS degree MPRD concentration listed below.
    COMM 2210. Writing for the Electronic Mass Media (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    MPRD 2215. Audio Production (3) (F,S,SS)(P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2210)
    MPRD 2220. Video Production (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002, 2210)
    MPRD 2260. Image Theory and Aesthetics (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    MPRD 3020. Videography and Lighting (3) (P: COMM major; consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002; MPRD 2220, 2260; C: MPRD 3250)
    MPRD 3215. Advanced Audio Production (3) (F,S) (P: COMM 1001, 1002; MPRD 2215) or MPRD 3275. Advanced Video Production (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; MPRD 3250) or COMM 3500. Web Design for Communication Professionals (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    MPRD 3250. Video Post Production Techniques (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001 and 1002)
    MPRD 3275. Advanced Video Production (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; MPRD 3250)
    MPRD 3660. History of the Moving Image (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    MPRD 4210. Video Direction (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002; MPRD 3275) or MPRD 4280. Digital Practicum for Professional Distribution (P: COMM major; consent of instructor; all required COMM/MPRD courses under 4000)
    Choose 6 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives
    Media Studies (30 s.h.):
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professionals (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h from.
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC: SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3380. Computer Mediated Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4400. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    Choose 9 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives
    Public Relations (30 s.h.):
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2104. Public Relations and Corporate Writing (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2320. Basic Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3120. Public Relations Theory (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4180. Public Relations Strategies (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2104, 3120)
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4130. Conflict and Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3310. Copy Editing and Design (3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3362. Visual Editing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320; consent of instructor)
    COMM 3500. Web Design for Communication Professionals (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3520. Sports Media Survey (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001,1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    COMM 4185. International Public Relations (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 3120)
    Choose 3 s.h. COMM/MPRD electives
  5. Minor or structured electives to complete requirements for graduation. Students who major in communication cannot minor in communication.

Communication: Communication Studies Minor


Students must be admitted to the School of Communication prior to pursuing a minor. Admission may be requested upon acceptance to ECU. Students are required to meet with a School of Communication's advisor in order to apply.

The minimum requirement for the communication minor is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 3 s.h.
    COMM 1001. Introduction to Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
  2. Choose from the following - 21 s.h.
    COMM 2020. Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:FA)
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2340. Development of American Journalism (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor; COMM 1001 and 1002 or consent of instructor)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3120. Public Relations Theory (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3142. Small Group Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3151. Family Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3152. Interpersonal Communication Theory (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3160. Organizational Communication Theory (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3172. Media Effects (3) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3190. Health Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001 and 1002)
    COMM 3380. Computer Mediated Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3390. International News Communication (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3400. Argumentation (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3520. Sports Media Survey (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4042. First Amendment Law (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 100, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4045. Media Literacy for Communication Professionals (3) (F, S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4075. Media Criticism (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4081, 4082, 4083. Directed Independent Study (1,2,3) (F,S,SS) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4130. Conflict and Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; P: For WOST major or minor: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    COMM 4400. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; ENGL 1200)
    COMM 4905. Media Ethics (3) (F,S) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    MPRD 2250. Classic Documentaries, 1900-2000 (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    MPRD 2260. Image Theory and Aesthetics (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    MPRD 3660. History of the Moving Image (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)

Communication: Media Studies Minor


Note: Students will not be admitted into the minor after fall 2007. Please see communication studies minor above. The minimum requirement for the minor in media studies is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core.6 s.h
    COMM 1001. Introduction to Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    COMM 1002. Media Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1100)
  2. Choose from the following - 18 s.h.
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor)
    COMM 2210. Writing for the Electronic Mass Media (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (Formerly MPRD 2210) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 2320. Basic Reporting (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3311. Business and Economic Reporting (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3320. Multiplatform Journalism (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 2320, 3220)
    COMM 3330. Feature Writing (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    COMM 3390. International News Communication (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4032. Mass Media Law (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 18 s.h. COMM)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; 15 s.h. COMM courses or consent of instructor)
    COMM 4050. Media Management (3) (S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4062. Media Sales and Promotions (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4075. Media Criticism (3) (WI) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4321. Investigative Reporting (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 3320)
    MPRD 2250. Classic Documentaries, 1900-2000 (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    MPRD 3020. Videography and Lighting (3) (P: COMM major; consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002; MPRD 2220, 2260; C: MPRD 3250)
    MPRD 3212. Non-News Media Features (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2320)
    MPRD 3235. Advanced Writing for Media (3) (P: COMM major or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002, 2210)

Communication Honors Program


The School of Communication Honors Program provides an opportunity for outstanding communication majors to do intensive research in areas of special interest. Participation is limited to seniors who have obtained a minimum university and major 3.5 GPA. Students participating in the honors program enroll in COMM 4196 and 4199 in consecutive semesters of the senior year. Students, after consultation with their advisor, are strongly advised to begin exploration and preliminary research of their honors topic during the second semester of their junior year in order to have sufficient time to complete the work. After extensive reading on a topic of the student's choice, appropriate consultation with a faculty advisor, and approval of a research proposal, the student submits an honors thesis on a topic related to the readings and completes an oral examination covering both the reading assignments and the completed thesis. Students must receive a grade of B or better in COMM 4196 to continue with COMM 4199.