Skip to main content
Menu Search & Directory

Undergraduate Curriculum

As an undergraduate in the Department of Communication, you will choose from three concentration areas within the major program: communication studies, integrated strategic communication, 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 (3 credit hours)
  • CMM 1200 Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • CMM 2400 Media and Society (3 credit hours)
  • CMM 2500 Media Lab (1 credit hour)
  • CMM 2800 Communication Research (3 credit hours)

Communication Concentrations

Students majoring in communication choose from three different concentrations.

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 Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 2120 Message Design

Foundations Requirement (9 credit hours)

Select three courses (9 credits) with the CMM Studies Foundations attribute. At least two courses (6 credits) must come from CMM 3000 Interpersonal Communication, CMM 3070 Communication and Public Life, CMM 3200 Organizational Communication, or CMM 3300 Intercultural Communication.

Production Requirement (3 credit hours)

Select one course (3 credits) with the CMM Production Course Req attribute, such as:

  • CMM 2510 Video Production and Design
  • CMM 2550 Photojournalism
  • CMM 3530 Documentary Production
  • CMM 3560 Publication Design
  • CMM 4100 Multiplatform Journalism
  • CMM 4810 Digital Storytelling

Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 4960 Senior Capstone

Communication Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two additional courses (6 credits) with a CMM subject code, as long as they have not been used to meet other major requirements.

Integrated Strategic Communication Requirements

If you choose the integrated strategic communication concentration, you will take the following courses in addition to the core requirements for the major:

Writing Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 2100 Journalism: Newswriting

Advanced Writing Elective (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 3610 Writing for Public Relations OR CMM 3710 Copywriting

Foundations Requirement (3 credit hours)  

  • CMM 3500  Integrated Strategic Communication Principles

Production Requirement (3 credit hours)

Select one course (3 credits) with the CMM Production Course Req attribute, such as:

  • CMM 2510 Video Production and Design
  • CMM 2550 Photojournalism
  • CMM 3530 Documentary Production
  • CMM 3560 Publication Design
  • CMM 4100 Multiplatform Journalism
  • CMM 4810 Digital Storytelling

Advanced Research Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 4700 Applied Research and Campaign Planning

Practicum Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 4600 Integrated Communications Campaigns OR CMM 4720 NSAC Advertising Competition

Communication Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two additional courses (6 credits) with a CMM subject code, as long as they have not been used to meet other major requirements.

Journalism and Media Studies Concentration 

 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 Requirement (3 credit hours)

  • CMM 2100 Journalism: Newswriting

Advanced Writing Elective (3 credit hours)

Select one course (3 credits) with the CMM JAMS Advanced Writing attribute, such as:

  • CMM 3110 Feature Writing
  • CMM 3120 Media Scriptwriting
  • CMM 3130 Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • CMM 4100 Multiplatform Journalism
  • CMM 4160 Editing

Foundations Requirement  (6 credit hours)

Select two courses (6 credits) with the CMM JAMS Foundations attribute, such as:

  • CMM 3440 Media Ethics
  • CMM 3840 Analysis of Popular Culture
  • CMM 4350 Stereotyping and Bias in the Mass Media
  • CMM 4420 Theory of Free Expression
  • CMM 4430 Culture, Technology and Communication

Production Requirement  (3 credit hours)

Select one course (3 credits) with the CMM Production Course Req attribute, such as:

  • CMM 2510 Video Production and Design
  • CMM 2550 Photojournalism
  • CMM 3530 Documentary Production
  • CMM 3560 Publication Design
  • CMM 4100 Multiplatform Journalism
  • CMM 4810 Digital Storytelling

Advanced JAMS Elective (3 credit hours)

Select one additional course (3 credits) with either the CMM JAMS Advanced Writing attribute OR the CMM Production Course Req attribute.

Communication Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two courses (6 credits) with a CMM subject code, as long as they have not been used to meet other major requirements.

3+3 Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program

The Department of Communication is now offering a 3+3 accelerated program in partnership with SLU Law. Eligible students can complete a B.A. in communication and a J.D. in six years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

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 for Communication Minor

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: