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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

  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • CMS 394/POL 334 Media and Politics
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ANT 354 Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 420 Media and Power
  • ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
  • BUS 234 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • ENG 103 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 201 The Art of Rhetoric
  • MUS 106 Rock, Pop, & American Culture
  • SOC 262 Self and Society

Two Theory/History/Genre Courses

  • ART 320 Twentieth Century Art
  • ART 324 Photography’s First Century
  • ART 425 Women Artists and Feminist Art History
  • CHB/ILC 394 Chinese Cinema
  • ENG 370 Harlem Renaissance
  • ENG 460 Book History and American Print Culture
  • ENG 471 Black Men & Women:  Images of Race and Gender in American Literature & Culture
  • GRS 316/317 German Cinema
  • ILC 305 European Cinema
  • ILC 413 The Film in Spain and Latin America
  • THE 415 Theories of Acting

Three Applied Courses

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

  • CMS 194 Video Editing
  • CMS 401 Film Theory
  • ENG 224 Introduction to Journalism
  • ART 231 Creative Process
  • ART 291Intermedia_VNM
  • ART 330 Video Intensive
  • ART 335 New Media Intensive
  • ART 340 Photography Intensive
  • MUS 332 Music Production & Recording
  • THE 241 Introduction to Theatrical Design

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
  • BUS 323 Consumer Behavior 
  • BUS 351 Advertising
  • PHL 300 Business Ethics

Two Structural Classes

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

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

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

One Methodological Course

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

Five Structural Courses

  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • CMS 294 Feminist Media Studies
  • CMS 394 Media and Identity
  • CMS 394/POL 334 Media and Politics
  • CMS 494 Media and Censorship 
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ANT 320 Race & Ethnicity
  • ANT 420 Media and Power
  • 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
  • ENG 471 Black Men & Women:  Images of Race and Gender in American Literature & Culture
  • SOC 213 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 221 Social Inequalities
  • SOC 262 Self and Society

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

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

Three Genre / History / Process Courses

  • CMS 201 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
  • CHN/ILC 394 Chinese Cinema
  • GRS 316/217 German Cinema 
  • ILC 305 European Cinema
  • ILC 413 The Film in Spain and Latin America