(Bachelor of Arts Degree)
The Communication and Media major focuses on written, oral, and multimedia communication. Communication and Media students develop an understanding of historical, legal, cultural, and critical aspects of communication, while learning practical skills necessary to succeed in a variety of communication-related professions.
In addition to taking a common set of nine foundational courses, all students in the Communication and Media major select a concentration in one of nine areas, allowing them to specialize in a field of communication.
This approach enables students to develop both general and specialized knowledge and a set of communication skills that are integral to personal exploration and growth, engaged citizenship, and rewarding careers.
Students in the Dual Degree Program, BA Communication and Media / MS Childhood Education, should consult with their Academic Advisor to review degree requirements.
Total credit hours required for Communication and Media Bachelor of Arts degree: 120
Successful graduates from this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in communicating effectively in multiple contexts.
- Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of communication.
Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours
Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.
Major Course Requirements
Students must take a total of 6 credit hours of electives at the 200-level or above from the following areas: Communication Arts (COM), Communication and Media (CMM), Film Studies (FLM), Journalism (JLM), Public Relations (PRL), Sports Communication (SCM), or Theatre (THE). Fieldwork or internships may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Students must declare and complete at least one of the following areas of concentration (*please note that some of the courses in these concentrations have prerequisites that must be fulfilled. In some instances, the prerequisites are satisfied by courses found in the CMM Major Course Requirements or by courses in the Utica University Core):
The Communication Arts concentration focuses on developing a broad array of knowledge and skills applicable to many careers, with particular emphasis on oral, interpersonal, organizational, intercultural communication and media studies. Students engage in a critical assessment of the values underlying communication practices, technologies, institutions, and their social and ethical consequences. Advisors work with students to develop a course of study based on a student’s interests and desired career path.
Students must select 6 credit hours of electives from the following areas: COM (Communication Arts), FLM (Film Studies), JLM (Journalism), PRL (Public Relations), THE (Theatre).
Communication & Social Justice
Link your passion for social justice with a communication-based foundation and a variety of disciplinary perspectives to develop the knowledge and skills you need to understand and combat the social, cultural, and institutional causes of inequality, injustice and oppression. The concentration provides excellent preparation for students wishing to become human rights, civil rights, or environmental advocates, community organizers, social workers, alternative media workers, or lobbyists, as well as those considering graduate study in the social sciences, social work, or law.
(at least one course must be selected from each category)
Brainstorm, experiment, fail, try again, and discover new ways to approach challenges. Creativity is the ability to come up with innovative solutions, and it is a skill anyone can develop and apply to any field. Students who select a concentration in Creativity Studies enhance the skills from their core communication classes with a variety of arts based courses. This is particularly beneficial for students who seek out careers where they will be encouraged to think creatively where innovation is critical. Note: Students concentrating in Creativity Studies must take classes in more than one of the following arts areas: Literature (LIT), Fine Arts (FIA), Film Studies (FLM), Music (MUS), Theatre (THE).
Foundations in Creativity
- HUM 115 - Introduction to Creativity (3)
- COM 461 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)
Select one from:
- COM 426 - Theories of Visual Communication (3)
- FIA 344S - Creative Expression (3)
- Select one 3-hour course at 100-200-level from Fine Arts (FIA), Film Studies (FLM), Music (MUS), Theatre (THE), or ENG 147. This cannot be counted toward core.
Students will choose 9 hours of practical arts and entertainment courses from the list below. It is recommended that students meet with their faculty advisor as they plan their courses.
Select 9 hours from the following courses:
- CMM 303 - Storytelling (3)
- COM 313 - Performance Studies (3)
- FIA 251 - General Drawing II (3)
- FIA 300 - Topics in Studio Art (1 to 3)
- FIA 490 - Independent Study (1 to 3)
- EDU 304 - Tutoring Young Scholars (1)
- ENG 307 - Writing Fiction (3)
- ENG 308 - Creative Nonfiction (3)
- ENG 309 - Writing Poetry (3)
- ENG 405 - Adv Nonfiction Workshop (3)
- ENG 406 - Advanced Fiction Workshop (3)
- ENG 407 - Advanced Poetry Workshop (3)
- FLM 306 - Short Digital Filmmaking (3)
- FLM 307 - Documentary Filmmaking (3)
- JLM 307 - Documentary Filmmaking (3)
- JLM 276 - Television Story Production (3)
- JLM 336 - Media Programming Strategies (3)
- JLM 363 - Magazine Article Writing (3)
- JLM 372 - Essentials of News Photography (3)
- MUS 230 - Instrumental Ensemble (1)
- MUS 250 - Intermediate Group Instruction: Instrumental (1)
- MUS 260 - String Ensemble (1)
- THE 300 - Select Topics: Theatre (1 to 3)
- THE 315 - Puppetry I (3)
- THE 316 - Puppetry II (3)
- THE 336 - Advanced Acting (3)
- THE 441 - Directing in the Theatre (3)
Theories and Histories of Creativity
Students will select 6 credit hours of creativity based history and theory courses to complement their practical creative courses.
Select 6 hours from the following courses:
- FIA 400 - Studies in Art History (3)
- MUS 325 - History of Contemporary Music - Jazz (3)
- MUS 326 - History of Contemporary Music - Hip Hop (3)
- MUS 327 - History of Contemporary Music- World Music (3)
- MUS 328 - History of Contemporary Music- Rock (3)
- ENG 372 - Studies in Short Fiction (3)
- ENG 373 - The Novel (3)
- ENG 374 - Forms and Art of Poetry (3)
- ENG 375 - Literature of the Theatre (3)
- THE 375 - Literature of the Theatre (3)
- THE 400 - Advanced Topics in Theatre (3)
- THE 455 - Theatre History I (3)
- THE 456 - Theatre History II (3)
- Any Literature (LIT) course at the 300 or 400 level
- Any Film (FLM) course at the 300 or 400 level, except FLM 306 *
Select one, 3-hour course:
Select a 300-level or higher course in English (ENG), Fine Arts (FIA), Music (MUS), Film Studies (FLM), or Theatre (THE).
*FLM 306 can only count towards the Creative Applications requirements.
30 Credit Hours
This concentration will provide students with an understanding of the many ways that communication plays a role in healthcare. Whether it is the interaction between a physician and a patient discussing treatment options for a serious illness, the unraveling of complicated healthcare insurance rules, or effectively explaining dangerous drug interactions to an elderly patient, healthcare in our society requires professionals who understand the importance of communication.
The journalism concentration provides the core courses necessary for today’s digital, broadcast and print journalist. Students will learn the storytelling, reporting and media production skills essential for careers in journalism and study the issues shaping the field. The concentration emphasizes hands-on experience through interactive classes, working with student media organizations and internships with professional media organizations.
The public relations concentration prepares students to manage relationships between an organization and its key publics by becoming skilled in communicating across multiple media platforms, research, problem solving, strategic decision making, conflict resolution, speaking and campaign/event planning. Public relations practitioners are highly sought after in a wide range of industries, including business, government, education, sports, health care, and human services.
The sports communication concentration is designed for the person who wants to promote sports and emphasizes applying their skills in a sports setting. Students study the complex relationship between sports and the media, how the business of sports works, and how sports reporters craft their stories. Students can also gain experience through internships at professional sports organizations and sports media outlets.
The sports journalism concentration focuses on how to cover sports for television, websites and other digital media, magazines, and newspapers. Students learn to write and produce sports stories, study the complex relationship between sports and the media, and learn how the business of sports works. Students also gain handson experience through professional media internships and student media outlets.
Theatre is live storytelling for a physically present audience. We are constantly performing and creating stories in our everyday lives. Learn how to get your messages across more effectively through performance and production. Students who take a concentration in Theatre will learn how to use creative problem solving skills, collaboration and improvisational thinking to benefit them in a variety of ways no matter which career path they choose.
Students must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum number of credit hours required for this degree.
At least 18 credits of major coursework must be at the 300-level or higher.
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