The CMS Major
The CMS Major
Crafted. Customized. Curated.
The CMS major gives students the opportunity to explore some of the most essential questions we face as citizens and consumers. Students in CMS learn to be discering media producers and consumers, critical thinkers, confident speakers, skilled writers, and creative storytellers.
Students have the opportunity to explore topics including but not limited to: digital media, marketing and persuasive messaging, film and television, media and representation, visual communication, political communicaiton, and global technology. All students expand their skills in multimedia communication through coursework that develops applied and creative production skills. Students interested in specializing further have the option to select an area of concentration within the major: Arts and Production, Business and Organizational Communication, Identity and Culture, or Film Studies.
General Major Requirements
CMS 101/ Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
CMS 250/ Intermediate Communication Theory
CMS 301/ Research Methods in Communication and Media Studies
CMS 450/ Senior Seminar
Students complete seven additional elective courses. Students have the option to complete a concentration within the major by selecting their elective courses from a list of courses designated within that concentration.
The Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) is the culmination of training in CMS. Planning for the SCE begins the spring semester of the student’s third year. While there are a set of universal SCE requirements, each project is customizable and includes the opportunites to do creative production work. SCE’s receive a grade of pass, fail, or honors.
The Arts and Production concentration combines medium-specific courses, applied skills, creativity, and critical thought.
Includes courses like: Visual and Critical Thinking, Digital Storytelling, Game Design, Intro to Journalism, and Music Production & Recording
The Business and Organizational Communication concentration focuses on applied skills and communicative structures in corporations, nonprofits, or small businesses.
Includes courses like: Principles of Marketing, Advertising, Intro to Nonprofit Management, Persuasion: The User Experience, and Global Media and Technology
The Identity and Culture concentration considers how we understand the world we live in, the people we share it with, and the ways in which identity and culture inform that understanding.
Includes courses like: Visual Anthropology; Race, Class, and Gender in Popular Media; Media and Power, Social Inequalities, and Media and Politics
The Film Studies concentration examines how cinema contributes to our understanding of the world, offers critical analysis of film history and theory, and provides opportunity to develop hands-on skills.
Includes courses like: Contemporary Popular Film & TV, World Cinema, Film Theory, Video Editing, and Chinese Cinema
Major Guidelines and Program Policies
To declare the CMS major the student must have completed at least 16-credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better. Transfer credit and Advanced Standing credit cannot be counted toward this 16-credit hour requirement.
To declare the CMS major, students must meet with CMS Program Director. Students are assgined a CMS advisor at the time of major declaration.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and may not count more than two four-credit courses with “D” grades toward any major.
Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average (“GPA”) of 2.00 overall in the 128 credit hours offered toward graduation. Not more than six four-credit courses with “D” grades will count toward the 128 credit hours required.
CMS majors are encouraged, but not required, to participate in internships and/or externships. The Career Center has a robust roster of opportunities for CMS students. CMS emphasizes quality over quantity when considering internship and/or externship opportunities.
“Video production was so fun! It was hands-on learning and I definitely gained actual practical skills in this class.”
Natalie Mansfield, CMS Class of 2021