Communication Studies Major Requirements

Declaration in or after Fall 2011

Last update: August 2017

Major Coordinator

Ronald Carr (carr@tuj.temple.edu)

Major Overview

Communication Studies is a studies-based interdisciplinary major. It features the academic (aesthetic, analytical, critical, historical, theoretical) and interdisciplinary study of communication as represented by the departments included within the Klein College of Media and Communication.

Designed to ensure flexibility and choice, Communication Studies allows students a chance to fully investigate multiple fields in the communications discipline. Emphasis is placed on providing an overview of Communication while also accentuating personal academic growth. Personal choice and options allow students a chance to complete the degree in a timely manner.

The flexibility of the Communications Studies program offers students access to the field experiences, internships, and study away experiences vital to a comprehensive education. Students with a number of skill sets and academic interest areas are often drawn to this innovative program and graduates are poised for a number of professional and academic possibilities, such as graduate, law, or professional school. Graduates of this program will be well-suited to pursue a variety of positions across numerous aspects of the Communications field.

Students receive cross-curricular expertise through foundation and core courses. Academic rigor and student choice are at the very core of the program. Choices allow a student flexibility and curricular oversight ensures a solid, academically robust education. Courses are designed to allow student progress to be monitored at yearly intervals. Experiential learning is promoted, particularly during the junior and senior years. Cross cultural exchanges and experiences are integral aspects of the program's design. Advanced scholars have a distinct and individualized track.

The Contemporary Media Environments Track provides an historical overview of communication technologies - from papyrus to moveable type, from the rotary press to broadcasting and the Internet - and the ways that they shape public life. It will introduce theories on the relationship between technology and society, focusing on the intersection between communication technologies and the public sphere.

The Major of Distinction (thesis track) is an academically rigorous program for students who wish to construct an interdisciplinary curriculum that meets their individual interests across the Klein College departments. In the Major of Distinction, each student works individually with a faculty advisor from a relevant Klein College department to build a curriculum that goes beyond the offered tracks. The student completes five courses, four of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, and in the senior year completes a two-semester thesis. A student in the Major of Distinction must have completed three semesters of a foreign language (or equivalent with the approval of the Director of Communication Studies) by the time of graduation. If appropriate to the student's research, an advanced methods or theory course may be required by the student's faculty advisor.

University and Klein College of Media and Communication Requirements

Students will follow Klein College of Media and Communication Baccalaureate (B.A.) Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses

  Course Title Credits
Communication Studies 1111 Communication and Public Life 3
 
Select one of the following: 3
Media Studies and Production 1021 Media and Society  
Communication Studies 1112 Media Convergence  

Core Courses

  Course Title Credits
Communication Studies 2111 Communications Seminar 3
 
Select one of the following (Communication Theory): 3
Media Studies and Production 1011 Introduction to Media Theory  
Journalism 1111 Journalism and Society  
 
Select one of the following (Research Methods): 3
Media Studies and Production 2141 Media Communication Research  
Journalism 2101 Journalism Research  
 
Select one of the following (Analysis): 3
Media Studies and Production 2421 Media Popular Culture  
Theater 1002 Theater as the Collaborative Art  
Theater 1096 Intro to Theater Process (WI)  
Film and Media Arts 1172 Introduction to Film and Video Analysis  
Strategic Communication 1111 Public Speaking  
 
Select one of the following (Cross-Cultural Perspectives): 3
Film and Media Arts 1171 Media and Culture  
Strategic Communication 3801 Intercultural Communication  
Journalism 3706 International News Communication  

Contemporary Media Environments Track or Thesis Track (Choose Option #1 or #2)

Option #1. Contemporary Media Environments Track Courses (minimum 21 credits):

Course selection upon approval by either Major Coordinator or Academic Advising Center*. Students must take one course from at least three different departments. Students can use one 2000+ Production Course for Klein College Course requirement (not WI or 3000+ or 4000+). Internship can be applied to Klein College Course requirement (not WI or 4000+)

  Course Title Credits
Klein College Course 3-4
Klein College Course 3-4
(WI, if not taken in II) 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ WI 3-4
Klein College Course 4000+ 3-4

Option #2. Thesis Track (minimum 21 credits):

See Major Coordinator to enroll in this option. Courses selected must represent 3 different Klein College departments.

  Course Title Credits
Klein College Course (WI, if not taken in II) 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ WI 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ 3-4
Klein College Course 3000+ 3-4
Foreign Language Level 1 ** 3-4
Foreign Language Level 2 ** 3-4
Foreign Language Level 3 ** 3-4
Thesis 1 3-4
Thesis 2 3-4
  • Students apply for a Thesis Track in the second semester of their sophomore year. To be considered, students must be on schedule to complete their Foundational and Core Communications courses by the end of their sophomore year. Also, students must have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in their Foundational and Core Communications courses along with a 3.25 overall GPA. Students must submit an application to the Major Coordinator that includes a statement of student's interest, a proposed curriculum, and a support letter from a full-time Klein College faculty member willing to act as student's faculty advisor.
  • **Students who have proficiency in a language other than English are exempted from the Language Requirement.

Notes (as of Bulletin 2015-2016):

Students will need to follow the following Requirements for the Klein College of Media and Communication.