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Communication Arts Major, B.A.

The program in communication arts is offered by the Department of English. The major is designed to prepare students for careers in converging media, including such applications as print news reporting and editing, magazine writing, broadcasting, digital media, public relations and online journalism. Communication arts offers a 42-credit major. Students interested in particular specialties, such as journalism, public relations, film studies and digital media, are guided to choose history, theory and skills courses that address those fields. Internships are integral to the program. Students have worked at public relations firms, non-profit agencies, web-based publications, newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, museums and other locations.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 42 credits in communication arts at or above the 200 level (excluding independent study) is required.

Required Courses
  • CMA 200 Mass Media and Society
  • CMA 201 News Writing
  • CMA 207 Principles of Speech Communication
  • CMA 208 Editing and Layout
  • CMA 246 Graphics or CAIT 221 Applied Computer Graphics
  • CMA 260 Feature Writing
  • CMA 304 Online Journalism
  • CMA 305 Communications Law
  • CMA 370 Practicum or CMA 399 Internship in Communications
  • CMA 470 Seminar in Media Issues
History/Theory Courses (choose at least one)
  • CMA 204 Media History
  • CMA 280 Screen Craft
  • CMA 310 Public Relations
  • CMA 312 Introduction to Communication Research
  • CMA 350 Television in America
Skills Courses (choose at least three)
  • CMA 226 Visual Media Production
  • CMA 281 Introduction to Screen Writing
  • CMA 303 Advanced Reporting
  • CAEN 306 Writing for Business and Management
  • CMA 313 Writing for Public Relations
  • CMA 320 Broadcast Writing and Reporting
  • CMA 411 Public Relations Campaigns
Electives
  • CAEN 202 Intermediate Expository Writing
  • CMA 242 Persuasion
  • CMA 299 Special Topics in Communication Arts
  • CMA 375 Independent Study
Communication Arts Major with Optional Digital Media Concentration
  • ART 220 History of Art I or ART 221 History of Art II
  • ARTS 101 Design
  • ARTS 123 Drawing I
  • ARTS 211 Digital Photography
  • CMA 200 Mass Media and Society
  • CMA 201 News Writing
  • CMA 204 Media History or CMA 242 Persuasion
  • CMA 207 Principles of Speech Communication
  • CMA 226 Visual Media Production
  • CMA 246 Graphics
  • CMA 260 Feature Writing
  • CMA 305 Communications Law
  • CMA 320 Broadcast Writing and Reporting
  • CMA 350 Television in America
  • CMA 370 Practicum or CMA 399 Internship in Communications
  • CMA 470 Seminar in Media Issues

Through an articulation agreement with Frederick Community College, students complete one of the following tracks through courses offered at F.C.C.: Graphics Track: 

  • CMM 112 Communication Graphics II (3 credits)
  • CMM 212 Communication Graphics III (3 credits)
Video Track:
  • CMM 252 Digital Cinema (4 credits)
  • CMM 254 Film and Video Editing (4 credits)