Communication — Journalism & Media Communication Concentration

Department Chair: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7440
Faculty Contact: Dr. Jonna Ziniel, jonna.ziniel@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7431
Department Office: 204 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310
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Major

The Communication major, Journalism & Media Concentration, explores print, broadcast, and digital communication formats while developing skills in journalism, public relations, digital media, and media convergence. This program is offered both face-to-face and completely online. The wide variety of classes, combined with an internship, make these graduates highly marketable in today’s job market.

Alumni from our program work in a variety of fields and positions. Students graduating with this major will be prepared for a variety of careers including: newspaper reporter, public relations practitioner, advertising and marketing specialist, public affairs officer, director of media relations, multimedia writer, media sales representative, campaign director, research specialist or columnist.

Examples of projects you may complete with this major are analysis and application of concepts from movies or television programming, creation of public relations materials for organizations, beat reporting, web page development and creation of digital media.

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR
  • Society of College Journalists
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Student Media

Practical Experience

You will gain many skills throughout your time in this program including: public speaking confidence, interviewing skills, ability to write for a variety of media, tools for effective interpersonal communication, ability to communicate with people from a variety of cultures, and creating new technology including podcasts, web pages, video streaming, and other digital media.

During your junior or senior year, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills and gain hands-on experiences through an internship. Students have recently completed internships through areas such as television stations, radio stations, newspapers, marketing departments, public relation firms, realty offices and social media management departments.

“As a small university, VCSU focuses greatly on helping each individual student find the right internships that are relevant to their degrees and future plans. As a communication major, internships have given me real-world experience in the media and have better prepared me for the future.” —Anna Weisenberger ’14, Jamestown, N.D.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
or
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Wellness
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities
Literacies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Valkyries
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39
1

 Required ENGL 125

Major Requirements

Required Courses
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 216Intercultural Communication3
COMM 411Communication Theory3
COMM 491Senior Capstone1
COMM 497Internship3
or COMM 487 Field Experience
Total Credits13

Media Communication Concentration Requirements

COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 315Digital Communication3
COMM 344Reporting and Feature Writing3
COMM 465Media Law and Ethics4
Electives:
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Photography I
Photography II
Photography III
Authoring Digital Publications
Communication and Interviewing
Gender Communication
Understanding Statistics
Research Methods
Issues in Communication
Social Media Management
Sports Information
Popular Culture and Rhetoric
Media Law and Ethics
Principles of Marketing
Website Authoring
Advertising and Promotions
Total Credits25

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 13 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirement 24 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Practices professional and ethical communication strategically
  2. Researches, evaluates, and synthesizes information effectively
  3. Engages in and appreciates diverse thoughts and ideas
  4. Competently works well with others in interpersonal and group situations