The Russert Department is dedicated to providing students with the theory and practice that will allow them to flourish in today’s convergent communications environment.

The major will allow for opportunities to develop leadership, advocacy, critical thinking, and communication excellence in writing, speaking, and performing. You may study interpersonal relations, organizational communication, journalism, rhetoric, public relations, theatre, broadcasting, film, and the Internet, developing skills in each area.

Recent alumni have gone on to careers in broadcasting, public relations, advertising, sales and promotions, marketing, management, and education.

Learn more specifics about the major, including classes you will take, by visting John Carroll’s Undergraduate Bulletin.

A Communication major is comprised of 42 credit hours, 15 of which are the core credits listed below:

COMM Major Core Classes

  1. COMM 130 Audience Matters
  2. COMM 140 Communication, Technology, & Society
  3. COMM 205 Professional Communication
  4. COMM 208 Interpersonal Communication
  5. COMM 305 Communication Ethics

There are three areas of concentration, Communication Studies, Digital Media, and Integrated Marketing Communication.

Communication Studies Concentration

Given the importance of communication in all facets of life, almost anything you want to do can be done better with a detailed understanding of communication. That makes the Communication Studies Concentration an outstanding choice for students with a wide variety of interests and skills. The concentration provides a detailed understanding of the elements necessary to analyze and improve communication, helping us to prepare effective leaders, performers, and citizens. In recognition of the variety of interests in communication, the concentration maximizes flexibility while maintaining a focus on analyzing communication.

Students completing the Communication Studies concentration will also have the knowledge and ability to:

  • Identify and apply communication theories to explain how public messages or performances achieve their results;
  • Write effective interpretations and critiques of messages or performances.

Students in the Communication Studies Concentration are required to complete 27 hours within the concentration, 21 of which must be at the 300/400 level. There are three required elements (research/writing, theory, and capstone) and six electives.

The research methods and writing requirements are met by taking:

COMM 206 Communication Research Methods

The theory course requirement can be met by any of three courses:

COMM 300 Communication Theory

COMM 420 International Theatre

COMM 411 Persuasive Communication Theory

The capstone course requirement course is:

COMM 410 Communication Analysis

Choose six electives, four of which must be at the 300-400 level:

COMM 210 Argumentation and Advocacy

COMM 220 Introduction to Theatre

COMM 221 Acting for the Stage

COMM 223 Theatre Production

COMM 240 Introduction to Mass Communication

COMM 301 Intercultural Communication

COMM 310 American Voices

COMM 311 Campaign Issues and Images

COMM 312 Narrative & Storytelling

COMM 320 North American Theatre

COMM 321 Design for the Stage

COMM 322 Directing for the Stage

COMM 345 Diversity, Stereotypes, and Mass Media

COMM 354 Social Issues in Journalism

COMM 370 How We Live: Understanding Consumers

COMM 450 Communication Law

Digital Media Concentration

Students completing the Digital Media concentration will have the knowledge and ability

  • to apply communication theories to writing in the contexts of journalism, video and audio production.

Students in the Digital Media Concentration are required to complete 27 hours within the concentration, 21 of which must be at the 300/400 level. There are four required elements (research/writing, theory, internship, and capstone) and four electives. Students complete:

The following required courses:

COMM 240 Introduction to Mass Media

COMM 498 Internship

COMM 496 Digital Media Capstone

The writing requirement is met by taking one of :

COMM 250 Journalism

COMM 340 Writing Screenplays

COMM 360 Media Writing

The research methods requirement is met by taking one of:

COMM 206 Communication Research Methods

COMM 241 Introduction to Video Production

Choose four of the following, at least three of which must be at the 300-400

Level:

COMM 242 Fundamentals of Media Performance

COMM 302 Feature Photography

COMM 334 Documentary

COMM 335 American Film

COMM 336 International Film

COMM 342 Audio Production

COMM 343 Working in Sports Media

COMM 345 Diversity, Stereotypes & the Media

COMM 346 Women in Media

COMM 351 Photojournalism

COMM 352 Investigative Reporting

COMM 354 Social Issues in Journalism

COMM 355 Health Writing

COMM 440 Advanced Video Production

COMM 455 Communication Law

 

Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) Concentration

Students completing the Integrated Marketing Communication concentration will have the knowledge and ability to:

  • Integrate multiple theories and channels ethically to increase campaign impact
  • Use consumer research to apply IMC strategies to develop strong campaigns
  • Identify and analyze problems and provide alternatives for solutions

Students in the Integrated Marketing Communication Concentration are required to complete 27 hours within the concentration, 21 of which must be at the 300/400 level. There are four required elements (research/writing, theory, internship, and capstone) and two electives. Students complete:

All of the following:

COMM 270 Introduction to IMC

COMM 360  Media Writing

COMM 370  How We Live: Consumer Research

COMM 372  Branding

COMM 472  IMC Campaigns

COMM 497 IMC Capstone: Organizational Communication

COMM 498 Internship

Choose two electives, one of which must be at the 300-400 level

COMM 274 Introduction to Health Communication

COMM 241 Introduction to Video Production

COMM 302 Feature Photography

COMM 344 Media Sales and Marketing

COMM 371 Web & Interactive Design

COMM 373 Sports Promotion & Fan Engagement

COMM 374 Health Campaigns

COMM 375 Communication in Health Setting

COMM 376 Crisis Communication

COMM 411 Persuasion

COMM 473 Non-profit Marketing

COMM 470 Consulting, Training, & Development

COMM 471 Managing New Media: Campaigns & Analytics

COMM 474 Event Planning