B.A. in Communication

The communication major offers students a comprehensive education in an essential skill used across all fields and in all areas of life. As a communication major, you’ll engage in classroom projects as well as professional opportunities that showcase your talent and skills in one of our three concentrations: digital media production, strategic communication, or journalism. 

Communication prepares students to excel in industries including radio and television broadcasting, film, journalism, new media, public relations, education, law, and event promotions. Our on campus media allows you to participate in the student newspaper, student literary and arts magazine, video production department, and the NSU television or radio station, as well as gain professional experience as an intern in local or national media outlets. Expand your potential as you become a more confident and skilled writer, speaker, and communication content producer.

The successful Communication graduate is expected to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create, design, and edit effective messages for diverse audiences using a variety of media
  • Articulate relevant professional standards in communication
  • Identify, analyze, and articulate significant theories and models of communication
  • Develop professional habits and skills through a variety of real world experiences in practicums and internships.

 

B.A. in Communication Requirements

Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.
Communication Requirements Students are required to complete 50 credit hours as part of the Communication Program. See the curriculum below for details. 
Core Courses (26 credits)
Credits
COMM 1100A
Communication Practicum A (COMM 1100A / Credits: 1 )
1
COMM 1100B
Communication Practicum B (COMM 1100B / Credits: 1 )
1
COMM 2100
Mass Media (COMM 2100 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2300
Intercultural Communication (COMM 2300 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3110
Communication Theory (COMM 3110 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3500
Media Regulation (COMM 3500 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3600
Persuasion (COMM 3600 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4950
Internship in Communication (COMM 4950 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPCH 1010 or SPCH 1010H
Public Speaking or Public Speaking Honors (SPCH 1010 or SPCH 1010H / Credits: 3 )
3
SPCH 2000
Fundamentals of Human Communication (SPCH 2000 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 24 credits from the following courses (9 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level)
Credits
ARTS 2410
Graphic Design I (ARTS 2410 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2450
Graphic Design II (ARTS 2450 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2500
Introduction to Video Editing (COMM 2500 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2800
Introduction to Field Video Production (COMM 2800 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3700
Documentary Filmmaking (COMM 3700 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3710
Audio/Radio Production (COMM 3710 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3720
Advanced Video Editing (COMM 3720 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3800
Advanced Field Video Production (COMM 3800 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3900
Web, Mobile, and Interactive Design for Communication (COMM 3900 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4900
Special Topics in Communication (COMM 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 24 credits from the following courses (9 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level)
Credits
ARTS 2200
Digital Photography (ARTS 2200 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2010
Introduction to Print Journalism (COMM 2010 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2200
Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (COMM 2200 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2800
Introduction to Field Video Production (COMM 2800 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3300
Multimedia Writing (COMM 3300 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3800
Advanced Field Video Production (COMM 3800 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3820
Sports Reporting and Writing (COMM 3820 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4100
Feature Writing (COMM 4100 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4900
Special Topics in Communication (COMM 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 24 credits from the following courses (9 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level)
Credits
COMM 2040
Public Relations Writing (COMM 2040 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 2400
Principles of Advertising (COMM 2400 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3200
Principles of Public Relations (COMM 3200 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3310
Organizational Communication (COMM 3310 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 3400
Strategic Visual Communication (COMM 3400 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4100
Feature Writing (COMM 4100 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4200
Public Relations Campaigns (COMM 4200 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4300
Social Media Theory and Practice (COMM 4300 / Credits: 3 )
3
COMM 4900
Special Topics in Communication (COMM 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPCH 3120
Speech Communication for the Professions (SPCH 3120 / Credits: 3 )
3

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Graduates of DCMA’s Communication program become leaders in a variety of industries and professions, including:
Sample Careers
Advertising Copy Writer Editor Media Planner
Business Education Producer
Campaign Director Event Planner Public Information Officer
Communication & Health Care Government, Politics Publicity/Public Relations Manager
Creative Director Lobbyist Report, Journalist
Disc Jockey, Radio/TV Program Host Media Analyst Social and Human Services

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

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