Communication and Media Studies

The CMS Major

CMS majors can choose from three concentrations: arts + production, business and organizational communication, or social science. In addition to fulfilling the general requirements for the CMS major students will take a variety of classes according to their chosen concentration. 

General Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • Intermediate Communication & Media Theory Research
  • Methods in Communication & Media Studies
  • Senior Capstone Experience

Arts + Production Concentration

Two of the following courses:

  • MUS 106 Rock, Pop, & American Culture
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ART 251 Visual and Critical Thinking
  • SOC 262 Self and Society
  • CMS 294 Contemporary Popular Film and Television
  • SOC 294 Media and Society
  • POL 334 Media and Politics
  • ANT 354 Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 420 Media and Power

Two of the following theory/history/genre courses:

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

Three of the following applied courses (at least two at the 300 or 400 level):

  • ART 231 Creative Process 
  • ART 291Intermedia_VNM 
  • ENG 294: Introduction to Journalism
  • ART 330 Video Intensive
  • MUS 332 Music Production & Recording
  • ART 335 New Media Intensive 
  • ART 340 Photography Intensive 
  • ART 394 Art as Inquiry: The Artistic Laboratory
  • THE 394 Special Topics: Screenplay
  • ENG 393 & 493 Journalism Practicum 

Business and Organizational Communication Concentration

Four of the following courses:

  • BUS 111 Principles of Marketing 
  • BUS 222 Marketing Research 
  • BUS 224 Digital Marketing 
  • PHL300 Business Ethics
  • BUS 302 Organizational Behavior 
  • BUS 451 Advertising 

Three of the following courses:

  • SOC 221 Social Inequalities 
  • PHL226 Global Ethics 
  • POL 334 Media and Politics 
  • ANT 420 Media and Power 
  • ANT 200 Introduction to Linguistics 
  • ANT 215 Sex, Gender, and Culture 
  • ANT 320 Race & Ethnicity 

Social Science Communication Concentration

1 of the following courses:

  • ANT 305 Ethnographic Method 
  • SOC 306 Research Methods in Sociology 
  • ANT 305 Ethnographic Method 

1 of the following courses:

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 
  • ANT 200 Introduction to Linguistics 
  • PHL226 Global Ethics

5 of the following courses:

  • 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