Communication and Media Studies, Minor

The minor program in Communication and Media Studies focuses on broad-based and adaptable skills that can enrich the lives of graduates in many diverse fields. The ability to write and speak well, the ability to think critically about differing media and modes of communication, the ability to recognize quality in written, visual, and multimedia texts—these are fundamental skills for life within a culture increasingly defined by the movement of information.

Students wishing to declare a minor in CMS will complete the same application process required to become a CMS major. Before admittance to the minor program, students must complete four courses with a combined GPA of at least 2.5:

ENGL 1102English Composition II3
CMS 2010Introduction to Media Studies3
CMS 2100Introduction to Film3
COMM 1110Public Speaking3

In addition, applicants must successfully complete a writing assessment administered by the Testing Center and evaluated by the CMS core faculty. Once these requirements are met, students will be admitted to the CMS minor and will be able to enroll in all upper-division CMS classes.

Students who choose to apply either CMS 2100 Introduction to Film or COMM 1110 Public Speaking toward their General Education core requirements must substitute another course to meet the 18-hour requirement for the CMS minor. As substitutes, students may use any 3000-level or higher course with a CMS, COMM, or JOUR prefix, except the internship classes CMS 3901 Internship/Practicum for CMS I, CMS 3902 Intern: Traning & Instruction, or CMS 3903 Advanced Media Production.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements9
CMS 2010Introduction to Media Studies3
CMS 2100Introduction to Film3
COMM 1110Public Speaking3
Upper Division Electives9
Choose any 3000-level or higher course with a CMS or COMM or JOUR prefix. 1
Total Credit Hours18