smallest hero image

The CMS Major

The CMS Major

Crafted. Customized. Curated. 

The CMS major combines field-specific curriculum with a student’s chosen concentration to produce a customized major that prepares students to act as conscious citizens and exceptional professionals.

Majors must choose one concentration area:

CMS Concentrations

General Major Requirements

The requirements for majors in Communication and Media Studies are as follows:


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


7 additional courses in chosen conentration


Required for all concentrations 

Major Guidelines and Program Policies

CMS majors may count twelve credits taken toward a non-CMS major or minor requirements as hours earned toward their CMS major.

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.

All declared majors must have a chosen concentration by the end of their second academic year.

To declare the CMS major, students must meet with both the CMS Chair and CMS faculty program administrator.  Students are assgined a CMS advisor at the time of major declaration

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 the major’s 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 major 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. 

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—to a certain extent—to major concentrations. SCE’s receive a grade of pass, fail, or honors.  

“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