The communication program encompasses 36 of the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor's degree.

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This provides you with the opportunity to pursue multiple majors, minors or concentrations while working toward yourcommunication degree.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

FY100  First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Core Requirements

Students majoring in communication are required to complete the following courses:

COMM210 Theory of Rhetoric for Business, Science & Engineering (3 credits)
COMM217 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
COMM490 Senior Communication Internship (3 credits)

Core Electives

The following are electives students are required to complete for the communication major.

300-Level Communication Course
Students must complete one communication course at the 300-level from the following:

COMM312 Public Relations (3 credits)
COMM313 Professional Communications (3 credits)
COMM330 Science Journalism (3 credits)

400-Level Communication Course
Students must complete one communication course at the 400-level from the following:

COMM410 Theory & Philosophy of Communication (3 credits)
COMM412 Organizational Communications & Public Relations Theory (3 credits)
COMM428 Environmental Communication (3 credits)

Communication electives (21 credits) chosen from the following:

COMM100 2D Digital Design (3 credits)
COMM217 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
COMM219 Introduction Social Media(1 credit)
COMM226 Short Film Screenwriting (3 credits)
COMM229 Principles of User-Experience Design (2 credits)
COMM310 Mass Media & Society (3 credits)
COMM322 Typography & Design  (3 credits)
COMM326 Feature Film Screenwriting (3 credits)
COMM327 Digital Video Production I (3 credits)
COMM329 Front-End Development for the Web (3 credits)
COMM345 Information Design (3 credits)
COMM360 Sound Design (3credits)
COMM391-395 Special Topics (3 credits)
COMM417 Business & Professional Speaking (3 credits)
COMM420-425 Communication: Independent Study (1-9 credits)
COMM427 Digital Video Production II (3 credits)
COMM470 Communication Internship (3 credits)
COMM480 Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship in Communication & Media (1-3 credits)

Courses with Technology Expertise
Students must complete at least 6 credits with information technology expertise.

Mathematics/Statistics Electives
Students must complete at least 6 credits from the mathematics (MA) and/or statistics (STAT) subject areas.

Science Electives
Students must complete at least 6 credits, including a lab course, from the biology (BY), chemistry (CM), and/or physics (PH) subject areas.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in communication will have approximately 42 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives
Students majoring in communication will have approximately 42 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.