Communication

The communication major is a broad, general degree that prepares students for a wide variety of careers and develops a variety of competencies. It is designed to be extremely flexible, permitting students to take courses, beyond those required, from anywhere in the department. 

This degree is appropriate for students who are undecided about which communication area will interest them the most upon graduation. In the classroom and during the required internship, students develop the skills they will need for positions across the field of communication.

B.A. students in communication at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Major

Bachelor of Arts – Communication Major
(Minimum 33 Cr.)

  • CVA 100: Introduction to Media and Visual Arts
  • CVA 145: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • CVA 243: Public Speaking
  • CVA 265: Public Relations Principles
  • CVA 302: Intellectual Property and Communication Law
  • CVA 386: Internship
  • CVA 499: Capstone Senior Project

One of the following concentrations:

General Communication

One course from the following options:

  • CVA 345:Leadership Communication
  • CVA 366: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • CVA 315: Intercultural Communication

One course from the following options (satisfies WID):

  • CVA 244: Persuasion and Advocacy
  • CVA 361: Advanced Journalism
  • CVA 472: Screenwriting
  • 6 additional CVA credits

Journalism

  • CVA 160: Media Storytelling
  • CVA 230: Graphic Design
  • CVA 261: Foundations of Journalism
  • CVA 361: Advanced Journalism

Public Relations

  • CVA 261:Foundations of Journalism

One course from the following options:

  • CVA 345: Leadership Communication
  • CVA 366: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • CVA 315: Intercultural Communication

One course from the following options (satisfies WID):

  • CVA 244: Persuasion and Advocacy
  • CVA 361: Advanced Journalism
  • CVA 472: Screenwriting

3 additional CVA credits from the following options:

  • CVA 290: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts 
  • CVA 362: Communication Cases and Campaigns
  • CVA 364: Public Relations Writing
  • CVA 365: Corporate Advocacy and Activist Communication
  • CVA 390: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts
  • CVA 401: Social Media
  • CVA 490: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts
Minors

Communication Minor (Minimum 15 Cr.)

From the Communication Major, take 3 credits from the 100-level, 6 credits from the 200-level, and 6 credits from 300-level or higher.

Journalism Minor (Minimum 15 Cr.)

  • CVA 100: Introduction to Media and Visual Arts
  • CVA 261: Foundations of Journalism
  • CVA 361: Advanced Journalism

Six additional CVA credits from the following options:

  • CVA 160: Media Storytelling
  • CVA 230: Graphic Design
  • CVA 251: Studio Television Production
  • CVA 271: Cinema Production
  • CVA 290: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts 
  • CVA 322: Sports Media Formats
  • CVA 350: Audio Production
  • CVA 390: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts
  • CVA 401: Social Media
  • CVA 490: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts

Public Relations Minor (Minimum 15 Cr.)

  • CVA 261: Foundations of Journalism
  • CVA 265: Public Relations Principles

9 additional CVA credits from the following options:

  • CVA 290: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts
  • CVA 362: Communication Cases and Campaigns
  • CVA 364: Public Relations Writing
  • CVA 365: Corporate Advocacy and Activist Communication
  • CVA 390: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts 
  • CVA 401: Social Media
  • CVA 490: Topics in Communication and Visual Arts