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Undergraduate Curriculum

As an undergraduate in the Department of Communication, you will choose from three concentration areas within the major program: advertising and public relations, communication studies, or journalism and media studies. You also have the option to pursue a communication-related minor.

No matter which of our three concentrations you choose, you will develop strong oral, written and digital communication skills. Across the curriculum, we emphasize the importance of ethics, critical thinking and cultural competence.

Communication Core Curriculum

As a student majoring in communication, you will take the following courses in addition to the courses in your chosen concentration:

  • CMM 1000: Human Communication and Culture (three credit hours)
  • CMM 1200: Public Speaking (three credit hours)
  • CMM 2400: Media and Society (three credit hours)
  • CMM 2500: Media Lab (one credit hour)
  • CMM 2800: Communication Research (three credit hours)

You will also select any two communication courses as electives. 

Concentrations

Students majoring in communication choose from three different concentrations.

Advertising and Public Relations Requirements

If you choose the advertising and public relations concentration, you will take the following courses in addition to the core requirements for the major:

Writing (six credit hours)

  • CMM 2100: Journalism: Newswriting
  • CMM 3610: Writing for Public Relations
    OR
    CMM 3710: Advertising Writing and Production

Foundations (three credit hours)  

  • CMM 3600: Public Relations Principles and Practices
    OR
    CMM 3700 Advertising Principles and Practices 

Production (six credit hours)

  • Any two communication courses designated as a production course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Research/Applications (three credit hours)

  • CMM 4600: Integrated Communications Campaigns
    OR
    CMM 4700: Advertising Research and Strategic Planning
Communication Studies Requirements

If you choose the communication studies concentration, you will take the following courses in addition to the core requirements for the major.

Writing (three credit hours)

  • CMM 2120: Message Design

Foundations (nine credit hours)
Choose two from:

  • CMM 3000: Interpersonal Communication
  • CMM 3070: Communication and Public Life
  • CMM 3200: Organizational Communication
  • CMM 3300: Intercultural Communication

And one additional course from those above or below:

  • CMM 3050: Argumentation & Debate
  • CMM 3060: Political Communication
  • CMM 3080: Sport Communication
  • CMM 3090: Health Communication
  • CMM 3840: Analysis of Popular Culture
  • CMM 4000: Family Communication
  • CMM 4050: Theories of Persuasion
  • CMM 4070: Social Justice Communication
  • CMM 4200: Leadership & Teams
  • CMM 4220: Conflict, Mediation and Negotiation
  • CMM 4240: Training and Development
  • CMM 4300: Gender & Communication
  • CMM 4320: Communication Across Racial Divisions
  • CMM 4430: Culture, Technology and Communication

Production Practices and Applications (three credit hours)

  • Any communication course designated as a production course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Research (three credit hours)

  • CMM 4960: Senior Capstone
Journalism and Media Studies Requirements

 If you choose the journalism and media studies concentration, you will take the following courses in addition to the core requirements for the major.

Writing (three credit hours)

  • CMM 2100: Journalism: Newswriting

Foundations (six credit hours)
Choose two of the following:

  • CMM 3420: Literary Journalism
  • CMM 3440: Media Ethics
  • CMM 3840: Analysis of Popular Culture
  • CMM 4350: Stereotyping and Bias in the Mass Media
  • CMM 4410: Critical Perspectives on Journalism
  • CMM 4420: Free Expression
  • CMM 4430: Culture, Technology and Communication
  • CMM 4460: Global Media
  • CMM 4470: Media and  Politics

Production Practices and Applications (three credit hours)

  • Any communication course designated as a production course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Research/Applications (six credit hours)
Choose six hours from the courses below; at least three hours must be a writing course (marked by *):

  • CMM 2510: Video Production & Design
  • CMM 2550: Photojournalism
  • CMM 3110: Feature Writing*
  • CMM 3120: Media Scriptwriting*
  • CMM 3130: Editorial & Opinion Writing*
  • CMM 3510: Studio Production
  • CMM 3530: Documentary Production
  • CMM 3560: Publication Design
  • CMM 4100: Multiplatform Journalism
  • CMM 4160: Editing*
  • CMM 4590: Advanced Media Practicum
  • CMM 4810: Digital Storytelling
  • CMM 4910: Internship (with approval)

Minor Programs

The minor in communication at Saint Louis University allows you to complement another major with the essential knowledge and skills that the study of communication provides. You will be able to work with your Communication mentor to create a course plan best suited to your interests and goals. 

Requirements

The following three classes are required for all students pursuing a minor in communication (nine credit hours):

  • CMM 1000: Human Communication and Culture
  • CMM 2400: Media and Society
  • CMM 2100: Journalism: Newswriting OR CMM 2120: Message Design

 Students also take four additional classes (12 credit hours) of communication electives. At least two must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Below are just a few examples to illustrate how diverse interests can be served by a communication minor:

  • Interested in advocating for social justice? Take elective classes like Social Justice Communication and Intergroup Dialogue.
  • Interested in health care? Take elective classes like Health Communication and Science Communication.
  • Interested in strategic communication? Take elective classes like Writing for Public Relations and Integrated Communications Campaigns.
  • Interested in digital media? Take elective classes like Video Production & Design and Publication Design.
  • Interested in legal studies? Take elective classes like Free Expression and Argumentation & Debate.
  • Interested in fostering healthy relationships? Take elective classes like Interpersonal Communication and Family Communication.

The Department of Communication also offers the following interdisciplinary undergraduate minors: