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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
Graphic Design Major
Public Relations Major
Communication Minor
Public Relations Minor

 

Communication Major

Fundamentals (Take all):

  • CDM 1000 Communication Survey (4 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3545 Communication Skills Assessment* (0 credits)

Communication Major Core (Take all):

  • CDM 2300 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3000 Rhetoric and Persuasion (4 credits)
  • CDM 3450 Mass Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 4010 Communication Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Choose three:

Choose 12 credits from the following in consultation with your advisor.

  • CDM 2200 Principles of Public Relations (4 credits)
  • CDM 2400 Gender Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2450 Nonverbal Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 2500 Basic Digital Photography (4 credits)
  • CDM 2600 Aesthetics of Screen Media (4 credits)
  • CDM 2620 Film Analysis (4 credits)
  • CDM 2700 Digital Cinema 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 3550 Communication Internship (4-8 credits)
  • CDM 3600 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3700 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3950 Advanced Cinema Production (4 credits)
  • CDM 200T/400T Topics in Communication (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 (Take all):

  • CDM 1000 Communication Survey (4 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3555 Graphic Design Skills Assessment* (0 credits)

Graphic Design Major Core:

4 credits outside the department:
ART 1070 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 credits)

24 credits inside the department:
CDM 2000 Graphic Design I (4 credits)
CDM 2850 Typography (4 credits)
CDM 3250 Graphic Design Practicum (4 credits)
CDM 3530 Web Design I (4 credits)
CDM 3750 Graphic Design II (4 credits)
CDM 4020 Graphic Design Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Choose 4 credits from the following:
CDM 2500 Basic Digital Photography (4 credits)
ART 3010 Illustration (4 credits)
CDM 3150 History of Graphic Design (4 credits)
CDM 3400 Communication and Technology (4 credits)
CDM 3540 Web Design II (4 credits)
CDM 3560 Graphic Design Internship (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 (Take all):

  • CDM 1000 Communication Survey (4 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3565 Public Relations Skills Assessment* (0 credits)

Public Relations Major Core:

CDM 2200 Principles of Public Relations (4 credits)
CDM 3350 Public Relations Writing (4 credits)
CDM 3420 Communications Management (4 credits)
CDM 3800 Public Relations Research Methods (4 credits)
CDM 4030 Public Relations Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Choose 8 credits from the following:
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 4 credits from the following:
ECN 1010 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
GEO 1500 Human Geography: An Introduction (4 credits)
PHL 1100 Contemporary Ethical Issues (4 credits)
PHL 2110 Business Ethics (4 credits)
PYC 2200 Social Psychology (4 credits)
MKT 3130 Marketing Principles (4 credits)
BUS 1110 Introduction to Business and Technology (4 credits)
MGT 3120 Principles of Management (4 credits)
MGT 3600 Legal Environment of Business (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 within the Department:

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.
  • Overlap of courses between double major courses must be below 50 percent.
  • Overlap of courses between any majors and minors within the department must be below 50 percent.

 

Public Relations Minor (24 credits)

Choose three (12 credits):

  • CDM 1000 Communication Survey (4 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3565 Public Relations Skills Assessment (0 credits)

Complete 12 additional credits:

Students must complete 12 additional credits at the 2000 level or above within the Public Relations Major, selected in consultation with the student’s CDM Department advisor, which do NOT count toward any other CDM minor or major.

Note: Ensure that overlap of courses between any majors and minors within the department is below 50 percent.

 

Communication Minor (24 credits)

Choose three (12 credits):

  • CDM 1000 Communication Survey (4 credits)
  • CDM 1150 Human Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 1200 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • CDM 1300 Visual Communication (4 credits)
  • CDM 3545 Communication Skills Assessment (0 credits)

Complete 12 additional credits:

Students must complete 12 additional credits at the 2000 level or above within the Communication Major, selected in consultation with the student’s CDM Department advisor, which do NOT count toward any other CDM minor or major.

Note: Ensure that overlap of courses between any majors and minors within the department is below 50 percent.

 

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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