Degree Requirements    
In addition to the requirements below for the BA in Media and Communications, students need to satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

To graduate with a major in Media and Communications, students must complete 48 credits of course work from the list below, including at least 32 credits of course work from the Department of Media and Communications.
    
Core Courses (16 credits)
In the required courses, students develop foundational business strategy and implementation skills, and narrative communication skills. They also gain skills in video/audio production, music, digital arts, or professional writing, which they further develop as they build their portfolios in the capstone Media Project course.
  1. MGT 200 Principles of Business Success (description)
  2. MC 250 The Power of the Word (description)
  3. MC 300 Narrative 1 (description)
  4. ONE (1) of the following capstone courses:
    
Concentration (12 credits)
A concentration, from the electives listed below, consisting of ONE of the following:
  • 12 credits of film-related classes
  • 12 credits of Creative Musical Arts classes
  • 12 credits of digital arts classes
  • 12 credits of non-fiction or media-related writing classes
    
Electives (20 credits)
Elective courses develop the student’s knowledge and skills in speaking and writing, in the visual arts, or in the business and technological aspects of filmmaking, video, computer animation, professional writing, graphic design or Web design. Courses that may fulfill elective requirements in this major include the following.
    
Film-related classes
All students use high-definition video cameras.
    
Classes in Creative Musical Arts
  • MC 330 Radio and Web Broadcasting
  • MGT 232 The Music Business
  • MUS 101 Basic Music Instruction
  • MUS 103 Drumming from Within
  • MUS 201 Intermediate Music Instruction
  • MUS 202 Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa
  • MUS 203 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 204 Jazz Combos
  • MUS 205 A New Approach to Music Theory
  • MUS 206 Musical Artist Development
  • MUS 207 Creative Music Ensemble
  • MUS 210 Songwriting
  • MUS 215 CCTS: Music, Consciousness, and Veda
  • MUS 216 Sacred Music, Chants, and Recitations
  • MUS 217 CCTS: The Power of Sound – Ultimate Quest of Both Artist and Scientist
  • MUS 220 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 221 Developing A Musical Ear
  • MUS 223 CCTS: American Roots Music
  • MUS 225 Creative Music Technology
  • MUS 227 Introduction to Soundtrack Design for Film
  • MUS 231 World Music: Asia, Australia, and the Americas
  • MUS 240 Basic Harmony and Keyboard Skills
  • MUS 250 Movement Across the Arts 1
  • MUS 251 Movement Across the Arts 2
  • MUS 399 Directed Study
    
Digital arts classes
  • FA 331 Photography 1
  • FA 332 Photography 2 (Prerequisite: FA 331 or consent)
  • FA 338 Photography and New Media 1
  • FA 339 Photography and New Media 2
  • FA 489 Advanced Studio in Photography
  • MC 260 Digital Arts for Sustainable Living
  • MC 335 Digital Photography
  • MC 363 Web Design Studio (Prerequisite: MC 260 or MC 366)
  • MC 365 Next Generation Web Design (Prerequisite: MC 260 or MC 366)
  • MC 366 Graphic Design for Media and Communications
  • MC 368 Graphic Design for the Web
  • MC 369 Typography and Dynamic Typography
  • MC 370 Interactive Graphic Design for Online Publishing
    
Writing classes (non-fiction or media-related)
  • MC 290 The Big E
  • MC 345 Creative Process
  • MC 347 New Media: From Blogs to Books
  • MC 410 Narrative 2
  • WTG 201 Poetry of Transcendence
  • WTG 202 Writing Fiction 1
  • WTG 210 Poetry Writing
  • WTG 321 Blogging and Reflective Writing
  • WTG 313 Writing and Reading the Short Story
  • WTG 314 Fiction Writing 2
  • WTG 315 Writing Literary Nonfiction
  • WTG 320 The Personal Essay
  • WTG 340 Writers on Writing
  • WTG 350 Advanced Creative Writing
  • WTG 360 Writing and Photography
  • WTG 364 Screenwriting
  • WTG 370 Writing for Fun and Profit
  • WTG 373 The Graphic Narrative
  • WTG 410 Travel Writing
    
Additional electives
  • FA 201 Principles of Design
  • FA 203 Understanding Art and Media
  • FA 204 CCTS: The Spiritual Quest in Media and Myth
  • LIT 265 The Evolution of Film
  • LIT 363 The Art of Film
  • LIT 364 The Science Fiction Film
  • LIT 365 The History of Film
  • LIT 366 The Peace Film
  • LIT 372 Media and Literature
  • MC 270 Social Media Marketing
  • MC 308 Documentary Filmmaking and Digital Arts Rotating University
  • MC 309 3-D Animation for Video and Game Design
  • MC 336 Travel Photography and Video
  • MC 341 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 232 The Music Business
  • MGT 378 Marketing Management
  • MGT 425 Marketing (Prerequisites: MGT 200, MGT 314, and WTG 192)
  • MGT 428 Business Law and Ethics (Prerequisite: MGT 200)
  • MGT 474 Marketing Research (Prerequisites: MGT 425, MGT 314, and WTG 192)
  • MGT 478 Advertising (Prerequisite: MGT 425)
  • MGT 484 Mediation and Negotiation
    
Minor in Media and Communications
To graduate with a minor in Media and Communications, the student must take MC 300 Narrative 1 plus 16 credits of other courses listed as required or elective for the MC major.
    
Minor in Creative Musical Arts
Students may earn a minor in Creative Musical Arts, independently of the Media and Communications major. To graduate with this minor, the student is required to complete 20 credits of music courses.
    
The above information is subject to change any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in September 2012.
 
 
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