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Communication and Digital Media

Major / Minor Requirements

The Communication and Digital Media (CDM) Department engages students in the adventure of human communication in historical and contemporary contexts. It seeks to understand the role communication plays in culture and commerce and to develop insights and skills that equip students for thoughtful, effective, and ethical communication in the 21st century.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.


Communication Major

Fundamentals (12 credits):

  • CDM 1150  Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200  Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300  Visual Communication (4 credits)

Communication Major Core (20 credits)

 

Required courses (16 credits):

  • CDM 2300  Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3000  Rhetoric and Persuasion (4 credits)
  • CDM 3450  Mass Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3545  Communication Skills Assessment (0 credits) *
  • CDM 4010  Communication Senior Seminar (4 credits)

choose one (4 credits):

  • CDM 2600  New Media Theory and Aesthetics (4 credits)
  • CDM 2620  Film Analysis (4 credits)

Choose three (12 credits)

Students wishing to major in Communication are encouraged to consider an emphasis of either Communication Studies or Media Studies to reflect their interests, skills, potential careers, etc.

Communication Studies:

  • CDM 2400  Gender Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2450  Nonverbal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3550  Communication Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3600  Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3700  Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T  Topics in Communication — relevant topic (4 credits)
  • CDM 3900  Leadership and Small Group Communication

Media Studies:

  • CDM 2500  Basic Digital Photography (4 credits)
  • CDM 2600  New Media Theory and Aesthetics (4 credits)
  • CDM 2620  Film Analysis (4 credits)
  • CDM 2700  Film and New Media Production (4 credits)
  • CDM 2800  Exploring the Documentary (4 credits)
  • CDM 2900  Sports Media (4 credits)
  • CDM 3310  Journalistic Writing (4 credits)
  • CDM 3320  Screenwriting (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3950  Advanced Film and New Media Production (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T  Topics in Communication - relevant topic (4 credits)

*The assessment specific to your major will be pass/fail, and the student will have to repeat the assessment with a pass to be cleared to register for an internship and/or senior seminar. If you are double-majoring, you must pass both major assessments.

 

Graphic Design Major

Fundamentals (12 Credits):

  • CDM 1150  Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200  Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300  Visual Communication (4 credits)

Graphic Design Major Core (32 Credits):

  • ART 1070  FOUNDATIONS, SURFACE: Images + Design (4 credits)
  • CDM 2000  Graphic Design I (4 credits)
  • CDM 2850  Typography (4 credits)
  • CDM 3150  History of Graphic Design (4 credits)
  • CDM 3250  Graphic Design Practicum (4 credits)
  • CDM 3530  Web Design I (4 credits)
  • CDM 3555  Graphic Design Skills Assessment (0 credits) *
  • CDM 3750  Graphic Design II (4 credits)
  • CDM 4020  Graphic Design Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Choose One (4 credits):

  • CDM 2500  Basic Digital Photography (4 credits)
  • CDM 2600  New Media Theory and Aesthetics (4 credits)
  • CDM 2650  Photographing Nature (4 credits)
  • ART 3010  Illustration (4 credits)
  • CDM 3200  Words and Images in Motion (4 credits) 
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3540  Web Design II (4 credits)
  • CDM 3560  Graphic Design Internship (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T  Topics in Communication — relevant topic (4 credits)

*The assessment specific to your major will be pass/fail, and the student will have to repeat the assessment with a pass to be cleared to register for an internship and/or senior seminar. If you are double-majoring, you must pass both major assessments.

 

Public Relations Major

Fundamentals (12 credits):

  • CDM 1150  Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200  Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300  Visual Communication (4 credits)

Public Relations Major Core (28 credits):

  • CDM 2200  Principles of Public Relations (4 credits)
  • CDM 3350  Public Relations Writing (4 credits)
  • CDM 3420  Communications Management (4 credits)
  • CDM 3565  Public Relations Skills Assessment (0 credits) *
  • CDM 3800  Public Relations Research Methods (4 credits)
  • CDM 3810  Public Relations Campaigns (4 credits)
  • CDM 3820  Crisis Communications (4 credits)
  • CDM 4030  Public Relations Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Choose one (4 credits):

  • CDM 2300  Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3000  Rhetoric and Persuasion (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3570  Public Relations Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3700  Organizational Communication (4 credits)

Choose one (4 credits):

  • BUS 1110  Introduction to Business (4 credits)
  • PYC 1500  Introduction to Psychological Science (4 credits)
  • SOC 1000  Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • PHL 1200  The Art of Thinking (4 credits)

*The assessment specific to your major will be pass/fail, and the student will have to repeat the assessment with a pass to be cleared to register for an internship and/or senior seminar. If you are double-majoring, you must pass both major assessments.

 

Requirements for double majoring / majoring and minoring within the department:

Double majoring

In order to double major in the Communication and Digital Media Department, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Both Senior Seminar courses must be fulfilled; similar thesis topics may be used.
  • Department fundamentals cannot count in both majors, only one. Twelve additional credits from the major must be taken to fulfill credit number requirements for the second CDM major, chosen in consultation with CDM Department advisor.
  • Overlap of courses between double majors in CDM must be at or below 50 percent. 

Majoring and Minoring

In order to major and minor in the CDM Department, overlap course between any major and minor in CDM must be at or below 50 percent.

 

Communication Minor 

Students must take CDM 1150 (4 credits) and select five courses (20 credits) from the list below. Graphic Design or Public Relations majors who want to minor in Communication must select six courses (24 credits) excluding CDM 1159 and CDM 1200.  

Communication Studies — choose from the following:

  • CDM 2300  Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2400/WMG 200R  Gender Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2450  Nonverbal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3000  Rhetoric and Persuasion (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3550  Communication Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3600  Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3700  Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T  CDM Topics (4 credits)
  • CDM 3900  Leadership and Small Group Communication (4 credits)

Media Studies — choose from the following: 

  • CDM 2500  Basic Digital Photography (4 credits)
  • CDM 2600  New Media Theory and Aesthetics (4 credits)
  • CDM 2620  Film Analysis (4 credits)
  • CDM 2700  Film and New Media Production (4 credits)
  • CDM 2800  Exploring the Documentary Form (4 credits)
  • CDM 2900  Sports Media (4 credits)
  • CDM 3310  Journalistic Writing (4 credits)
  • CDM 3320  Screenwriting (4 credits)
  • CDM 3400  Communication and Technology (4 credits)
  • CDM 3450  Mass Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3500  Advanced Digital Photography (4 credits)
  • CDM 3550  Communication Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3959  Advanced Film and New Media Production (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T  CDM Topics (4 credits)

 

Public Relations Minor 

Students must take CDM 2200 and CDM 3350, and select four courses (16 credits) from the list below.

  • CDM 3420  Communications Management (4 credits)
  • CDM 3570  Public Relations Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3800  Public Relations Research Methods (4 credits)
  • CDM 3810  Public Relations Campaigns (4 credits)
  • CDM 3820  Crisis Communication (4 credits)

 

Graphic Design Minor 

Students must take six courses (24 credits) listed below.

  • ART 1070  FOUNDATIONS, SURFACE: Images + Design (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300  Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2000  Graphic Design I (4 credits)
  • CDM 2850  Typography (4 credits)
  • CDM 3530  Web Design I (4 credits)
  • CDM 3750  Graphic Design II (4 credits)

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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