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Concentrations

We offer several concentration paths to allow you to focus and specialize your CMS major.

Arts & Production

The Arts & Production concentration combines medium-specific courses, applied skills, creativity, and critical thought.

Two Foundation Courses

  • ENG 103 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • MUS 106 Rock, Pop, & American Culture
  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • BUS 234 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
  • SOC 262 Self and Society
  • POL 334 Media and Politics
  • ANT 354 Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 420 Media and Power

Two Theory/History/Genre Courses

  • ART 320 Twentieth Century Art
  • ART 324 Photography’s First Century
  • ENG 370 Harlem Renaissance
  • CHN/ILC 394 Chinese Cinema
  • HIS 318 Historical Film Genres
  • HIS 344 Hollywood Films in the Depression and WWII
  • ILC 305 European Cinema ILC
  • 413 The Film in Spain and Latin America ART
  • 425 Women Artists and Feminist Art History
  • THE 415 Theories of Acting
  • GRS 316/317 German Cinema

Three Applied Courses

At least two of these courses must be taken at the 300 or 400 level

  • ENG 224 Introduction to Journalism
  • CMS 401 Film Theory
  • ART 231 Creative Process
  • THE 241 Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • ART 291Intermedia_VNM
  • ART 330 Video Intensive
  • MUS 332 Music Production & Recording
  • ART 335 New Media Intensive
  • ART 340 Photography Intensive

 

Business & Organizational Communication

The Business & Organizational Communication concentration focuses on applied skills and communicative structures in corporations, nonprofits, or small businesses.

 

 Two Foundation Courses
  • CMS 150 Public Speaking
  • BUS 302 Organizational Behavior

Three Applied Courses

  • CMS 205 Persuasion: The User Experience
  • BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 223 Marketing Research
  • BUS 224 Digital Marketing
  • PHL 300 Business Ethics
  • BUS 323 Consumer Behavior 
  • BUS 451 Advertising

Two Structural Classes

  • CMS 220 Global Media and Technology
  • CMS 394 Creative and Information Economies
  • SOC 221 Social Inequalities
  • POL 334 Media and Politics
  • ANT 420 Media and Power 

Identity & Culture

How do we understand the world we live in and the people we share it with? This concentration examines identity and culture as two critical answers to this question. 

One Foundation Course

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT 200 Introduction to Linguistics
  • PHL 226 Global Ethics

One Methodological Course

  • ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
  • ANT 305 Ethnographic Method
  • SOC 306 Research Methods in Sociology
  • ANT 305 Ethnographic Method

Five Structural Courses

  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • ENG 209 Introduction to American Literature I
  • ENG 210 Introduction to American Literature II
  • ENG 213 Intro to African American Literature & Culture I
  • ENG 214 Intro to African American Literature & Culture II
  • ENG 370 Harlem Renaissance
  • SOC 213 Sociology of Gender
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • SOC 221 Social Inequalities
  • SOC 262 Self and Society
  • ANT 320 Race & Ethnicity
  • POL 334 Media and Politics
  • ANT 420 Media and Power
  • CMS 294 Feminist Media Studies
  • CMS 394 Media and Identity
  • CMS 494 Media and Censorship 

Film Studies

The Film Studies concentration poses questions to be answered by its students: how does cinema contribute to our understanding of the world? How can you impact the world of film? Critical film literacy skills and an understanding of film history, genre, and theory in a global context answers these questions and molds student into more informed and active citizens.

 

Three Foundation Courses

  • CMS 200 History of World Cinema I
  • CMS 202 History of World Cinema II
  • CMS 401 Film Theory

One Applied Course

  • ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
  • ART 231 Creative Process
  • THE 241 Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • ART 291 Intermedia_VNM
  • ART 330 Video Intensive

Three Genre / History / Process Courses

  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
  • HIS 318 Historical Film Genres
  • CHN/ILC 394 Chinese Cinema
  • HIS 344 Hollywood Films in the Depression and WWII
  • ILC 305 European Cinema
  • ILC 413 The Film in Spain and Latin America
  • GRS 316/217 German Cinema