At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
The Communications minor provides students an academic program of media studies that introduces them to approaches used to understand the mass media. These include aesthetic, cultural, humanistic, social-behavioral, and legal approaches. Students in the minor will have an opportunity to examine the theory and principles of communications systems and processes as well as learn in the advanced courses the research methods used for their systematic analysis. The minor emphasizes the liberal arts core of the Communications program and will equip students with well-developed language and analytical skills.
What is Communications?
Communications is an academic discipline that deals with the creation and distribution of mass communication messages through media such as books, newspapers, television, radio, film, video games and the internet. Mass communications use writing, photographs, video and interactive content to give information or influence the audience. Communications also concerns the study of how we communicate in different ways with diverse audiences through marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, film and other media.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You want the experience, knowledge, and skills you need to become a versatile media practitioner.
- You are interested in a career in journalism, media, public relations, advertising, or marketing.
- You would like to gain practical experience and build a portfolio of work in a state-of-art production facility.
|Requirements for the Minor||18|
Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|COMM 100||The Mass Media and Society||3|
|COMM 150N||The Art of the Cinema||3|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 12 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) of the following:||12|
|Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications|
|Gender, Diversity and the Media|
|Film History and Theory|
|The Literature of Journalism|
|Introduction to Advertising|
|Mass Media in History|
|Law of Mass Communications|
|Cultural Foundations of Communications|
|News Media Ethics|
|Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media|
|The Mass Media and the Public|
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Kevin M. Moist
Associate Professor of Communications
Cypress Building 101D
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
The minor emphasizes the liberal arts core of the Communications program and will equip students with well-developed language and analytical skills.
DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Cypress Building 101D, 3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601