As an undergraduate in the Department of Communication, you will choose from three concentration areas within the major program: advertising
and public relations, communication studies, 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 (three credit hours)
CMM 1200: Public Speaking (three credit hours)
CMM 2400: Media and Society (three credit hours)
CMM 2500: Media Lab (one credit hour)
CMM 2800: Communication Research (three credit hours)
You will also select any two communication courses as electives.
Students majoring in communication choose from three different concentrations.
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 (three credit hours)
CMM 2100: Journalism: Newswriting
Foundations (six credit hours) Choose two of the following:
CMM 3420: Literary Journalism
CMM 3440: Media Ethics
CMM 3840: Analysis of Popular Culture
CMM 4350: Stereotyping and Bias in the Mass Media
CMM 4410: Critical Perspectives on Journalism
CMM 4420: Free Expression
CMM 4430: Culture, Technology and Communication
CMM 4460: Global Media
CMM 4470: Media and Politics
Production Practices and Applications (three credit hours)
Any communication course designated as a production course may be taken to fulfill
Research/Applications (six credit hours) Choose six hours from the courses below; at least three hours must be a writing course
(marked by *):
CMM 2510: Video Production & Design
CMM 2550: Photojournalism
CMM 3110: Feature Writing*
CMM 3120: Media Scriptwriting*
CMM 3130: Editorial & Opinion Writing*
CMM 3510: Studio Production
CMM 3530: Documentary Production
CMM 3560: Publication Design
CMM 4100: Multiplatform Journalism
CMM 4160: Editing*
CMM 4590: Advanced Media Practicum
CMM 4810: Digital Storytelling
CMM 4910: Internship (with approval)
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
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
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
Interested in fostering healthy relationships? Take elective classes like Interpersonal
Communication and Family Communication.
The Department of Communication also offers the following interdisciplinary undergraduate