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Courses & Requirements

Program Requirements

Introductory Courses

Majors are required to take both introductory courses by the end of the first semester of the junior year; preferably, COMM 1010 should be taken prior to COMM 1011. Minors are required to take at least one of the introductory courses (a second may count as one of the minor's free electives).

COMM1010 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
COMM1011 Introduction to Media Industries

Media, Culture and Society Requirement

All majors are required to take two courses from the media, culture and society concentration (see below) to fulfill this requirement. Those majors who wish to concentrate in media, culture and society must take three additional courses from the media, culture and society concentration, for a total of five media, culture and society courses to fulfill this requirement. Minors are required to take at least one course from the media, culture and society concentration.

Ethics, Law and Policy Requirement

Both majors and minors are required to take one of the following ethics, law and policy courses:

COMM3103 Versions of Censorship and Freedom of Expression
COMM3106 International Communication
COMM3109 Critical Issues in Electronic Communication
COMM3110 Peace, Justice and the Media
COMM3112 Media Law
COMM3205 The Journalist and the Law
COMM3476 Ethical Issues in the Media

Concentration Requirement
Majors are required to specialize in one of the program's five concentrations by taking that concentration's introductory course and two additional courses in the same concentration. Students may choose from the following five concentrations:


Media, Culture and Society COMM2000 Theories of Media, Culture and Society required, plus two additional courses from the concentration.
Journalism COMM2082 Introduction to Journalism required, plus two additional courses from the concentration.
Film COMM2471 Introduction to Film required, plus two additional courses from the concentration.
Television/Radio COMM2330 Introduction to Electronic Media required, plus two additional courses from the concentration.
New and Digital Media COMM2500 Introduction to New Media required, plus two additional courses from the concentration.

Free Electives Requirement
Majors are required to take three free electives in the program, or in appropriate related programs, in consultation with an adviser from the department. Students should consider taking electives that will complement their concentration.




Program Concentrations


Media, Culture and Society
Concentration
  Journalism
Concentration
        COMM1500   The Power of News
        COMM2082,
2083
  Introduction to Journalism with required lab
COMM2000   Theories of Media, Culture and Society   COMM2202   Writing Workshop
COMM2010   Communication and Technology   COMM2204   Analytical and Critical Writing
COMM2011   Mass Communication: Theory and Research   COMM2206   Basic Feature Writing
COMM2504   History and Culture of Advertising   COMM2211,
2212,2213,
2214 (*)
  Journalism Workshop
COMM2525   Digital Media and Cyberculture   COMM2221   Graphics for Publication
COMM2602   Myths and Symbols of the American Character   COMM2527   Writing for Online Media
COMM2603   Media and the Arts   COMM3010   Writing Television and Radio News
COMM2610   Mass Communication and Society   COMM3080   First Person Journalism
COMM2701   Persuasion and Attitude Change   COMM3081   Interviews and Profiles
        COMM3083   BronxNet
COMM3102   Orality and Literacy   COMM3082   Arts Journalism
COMM3103   Versions of Censorship and Freedom of Expression   COMM3084   Writing for Magazines
COMM3104   Mass Opinion: Its Measures and Meanings   COMM3085   Science Journalism
COMM3106   International Communication   COMM3099   Advanced Internet Reporting
COMM3108   Movies and the American Experience   COMM3101   Newsmaking: Interpreting and Reconstructing Reality
COMM3111   Gender Images in Media   COMM3103   Versions of Censorship and Freedom of Expression
COMM3112   Media Law   COMM3204   Profile and Biographical Writing
COMM3309   Children and the Media   COMM3205   The Journalist and the Law
COMM3310   Television Comedy and American Values   COMM3206   First Person Writing
COMM3332   Understanding Television   COMM3302   Radio News Techniques
COMM3401   Hollywood Genres   COMM3303   Television News Techniques
COMM3407   The Science Fiction Genre   COMM3304   Broadcast News Operations
COMM3566   Media Effects   COMM3321   History of Television/Radio News
COMM3570   Aesthetics and the Media   COMM3322   Television News Innovators
COMM3571   Popular Music as Communication   COMM3323   The Murrow Years: 1938-65
COMM3601   Class, Taste, and Mass Culture   COMM3331   The Broadcast Newsroom
COMM3681   Mass Media and National Identity   COMM3333   Television News and Today's World
COMM4001   Films of Moral Struggle   COMM3334   Video Documentary
COMM4002   Values in the News   COMM3335   Television News
COMM4003   Dissent and Disinformation   COMM3350   Sports Communication
COMM4004   Social Ethics in Telecommunications   COMM3405   Screenwriting I
COMM4005   Digital Media and Public Responsibility   COMM3408   The Documentary Idea
COMM4601   Television and Society   COMM3409   Screenwriting II
COMM4603   Media and Popular Culture  
COMM4604   Multiculturalism: Diversity and Media   COMM3545   Topics in Writing and Journalism
COMM 4606   History of Women's Magazines   COMM3650   Inside the New York Times
 COMM4607    Communication for Social Change   COMM3941   Writing for the Media
 COMM4711    Communication, Popular Culture and Philosophy   COMM3978   Online Journalism
        COMM4002   Values in the News
        COMM4201   Magazine Article Writing
        COMM4606    Women's Magazines
        COMM4999    Tutorial
             
             
           * Any two of these courses may count as one course
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
Film Concentration
  Television/Radio Concentration
COMM2471   Introduction to Film   COMM1500   The Power of News
COMM2222   Digital Video Design   COMM2330   Introduction to Electronic Media
COMM3108   Movies and the American Experience   COMM2222   Digital Video Design
COMM3401   Hollywood Genres   COMM2301   The Broadcast Industry
COMM3403   American Film Comedy   COMM2302   Introduction to Radio
COMM3405   Screenwriting I   COMM2303   Audio Production
COMM3407   The Science Fiction Genre   COMM2522   Multimedia Production  
COMM3408   The Documentary Idea   COMM2523   Digital Design for New Media
COMM3409   Screenwriting II   COMM2527   Writing for Online Media
COMM3410   International Cinema   COMM3010   Writing Television and Radio News
COMM3411   Spanish Film   COMM3083   BronxNet
COMM3412   Italian Film   COMM3222   Projects in Digital Video
COMM3413   German Film   COMM3301   Television Studio Production
COMM3414   Asian Film   COMM3302   Radio News Techniques
COMM3415   Australian Film   COMM3303   Television News Techniques
COMM3416   United Kingdom & Irish Film   COMM3304   Broadcast News Operations
COMM3417   French Film   COMM3305   Writing Television Drama
COMM3420   Contemporary Filmmakers   COMM3310   Television Comedy and American Values
COMM3422   History of Film 1890-1950   COMM3321   History of Television/Radio News
COMM3425   History of Film 1950-Present   COMM3322   Television News Innovators
COMM3431   Contemporary Hollywood Film   COMM3323   The Murrow Years: 1938-65
COMM3432   French Film   COMM3331   The Broadcast Newsroom
COMM3437   The Film Director   COMM3332   Understanding Television
COMM3438   New York in Film   COMM3333   Television News and Today's World
COMM3451   The Films of Alfred Hitchcock   COMM3334   Video Documentary
COMM3461   Fiction into Film   COMM3335   Television News
COMM3462   Shakespeare into Film   COMM3342   Advanced Television Production
COMM3470   Film Theory   COMM3344   Audio: Concepts and Methods
COMM3482   Women in Film   COMM3343   Television: Concepts and Methods
COMM3483   Women Filmmakers in Europe   COMM3350   Sports Communication
COMM3489   British Heritage Cinema   COMM3408   The Documentary Idea
COMM3492   Documentary Film   COMM3525   Topics in Video and Film Production
COMM3525   Topics in Film and Video Production   COMM3555   Topics in Television and Radio
COMM3535   Topics in Film Studies   COMM3941   Writing for the Media
COMM4001   Films of Moral Struggle   COMM4004   Social Ethics in Telecommunications
COMM4999    Independent Tutorial   COMM4601   Television and Society
        COMM4999   Independent Tutorial
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
New Media Concentration
   
COMM2500   Introduction to New Media
COMM2010   Communication and Technology
COMM2222   Digital Video Design
COMM2303   Digital Audio Design
COMM2523   Digital Design for New Media
COMM2525   Digital Media and Cyberculture
COMM2527   Writing for Online Media
COMM2528   Digital Media II
COMM3099   Advanced Internet Reporting
COMM3222   Projects in Digital Video
COMM3307   Social Media
COMM3978   Online Journalism
COMM4005   Digital Media and Public Responsibility
COMM4999   Independent Tutorial

Free Electives
Any of the above courses not serving as an Ethics, Law, and Policy requirement; a Media, Culture, and Society requirement; or a Concentration requirement can serve as a free elective. In addition, the following courses are free electives:


COMM2101 Speech Improvement
COMM2501 Effective Speaking
COMM3500 Marketing and the Media
COMM3501 Public Relations
COMM3502 Principles of Advertising
COMM4701 Internship Seminar

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