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.

Foundations

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. General-education requirements for the B.A. (.pdf) »

Requirements for the Major

The following courses constitute the minimum 32 credits required for the major.

COMM 100 Communication Processes and Practice 3 credits
COMM 243 Public Communication 3 credits
COMM 244 Persuasion and Advocacy 3 credits
COMM 265 Public Relations Principles 3 credits
COMM 301 Communication Law and Ethics 3 credits
One course from the following options:

  • COMM 311 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 345 Leadership Communication
3 credits
COMM 386 Internship 2 credits
COMM 499 Capstone Senior Project 3 credits
One concentration, chosen from:

  • General Communications
  • Communication Law
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
9 credits
TOTAL 32 credits
Concentrations

Each communication major must complete a nine-credit concentration of their choice.

COMM 374 Case Studies in Communication Law 3 credits
Six additional COMM credits from the following options:
  • COMM 302 Intellectual Property
  • COMM 366 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • COMM 373 Legal Environment of Digital Media
  • COMM 375 Courtroom Communication
6 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

COMM 261 Foundations of Journalism 3 credits
COMM 361  Advanced Journalism 3 credits
One additional course from the following options:
  • COMM 198 Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 250 The Radio Industry and Audio Production
  • COMM 251 Studio Television Production
  • COMM 322 Sports Media Formats
  • COMM 401 Social Media
  • COMM 490 Topics in Communication (as approved for major)
3 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

COMM 261 Foundations of Journalism 3 credits
Six additional COMM credits from the following options:
  • COMM 362 Communication Cases and Campaigns
  • COMM 363 Public Relations: Agency Perspective
  • COMM 365 Corporate Advocacy and Activist Communication
  • COMM 401 Social Media
  • COMM 490 Topics in Communication (as approved for major)
6 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

Nine credits of additional communication coursework
  • COMM 230 Graphic Design I
  • COMM 250 The Radio Industry and Audio Production
  • COMM 261 Foundations of Journalism
  • COMM 286 Campus Media Practicum
  • COMM 320 Internet News Delivery
  • COMM 322 Sports Media Formats
  • COMM 330 Advanced Desktop Publishing
  • COMM 353 Media Programming
  • COMM 361 Advanced Journalism
  • COMM 373 Legal Environment of Digital Media
  • COMM 380 Television Producing and Directing
  • COMM 382 Digital Media Leadership Communication
  • COMM 385 Advanced Media Production
  • COMM 450 Documentary Production
  • COMM 490 Topics in Communication
9 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

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 Communication Courses

 

Coursework in the Department of Communication investigates the ways we express ideas — from public speaking to social media to corporate communication.