Minors & Certification

Department of Communication & Media


Minor in Communication

The minor in Communication consists of 18 hours of Communication course work.  Four courses are required:

  • COMM 1307 Media and Society
  • COMM 1370 Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 3310 Communication Theory
  • COMM 4380 Senior Seminar in Communication Studies
    OR
  • COMM 4381 Senior Seminar in Media Studies

 The remaining two courses consist of selections from the following electives:

  • COMM 3301 Television Criticism
  • COMM 3302 Film History
  • COMM 3311 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 3312 Newswriting for Television, Radio, and the Internet
  • COMM 3313 Introduction to Video Production
  • COMM 3314 Television Production
  • COMM 3330 Persuasion
  • COMM 3335 UIL Debate and Speech
  • COMM 3340 Public Relations Techniques
  • COMM 3351 Screen Comedy
  • COMM 3360 Screenplay Writing
  • COMM 3380 New Media and Communication
  • COMM 4310 Advanced Digital Film Making
  • COMM 4311 Documentary Film
  • COMM 4314 Gender Communication
  • COMM 4330 Public Relations Cases and Strategies
  • COMM 4340 Advertising Criticism
  • COMM 4345 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 4390 Topics in Communication

Minor in Public Relations

The mission of the public relations profession is to develop positive relationships between organizations and their publics.  The interdisciplinary Public Relations Minor is designed for students interested in gaining a basic understanding  of the history, function, and tools of PR.  The courses that comprise this minor are heavily focused on the development and application of skills utilized by PR professionals, as well as an understanding of theories and concepts necessary for critical analysis and creative thinking.  The minor consists of 21 semester hours, which include four core courses.   At least fifteen hours for the minor must be upper division.

This minor is for students who have a basic understanding of communication and/or business theory, in addition to effective writing skills.  These courses contain a heavy writing component.  These courses will not serve as remedial courses for students with writing problems or substitute for required courses in students majors.

Students who select this minor must consult with the Faculty Advisor to the Public Relations Minor prior to completing 6 semester hours of course work listed in the program.  The minor plan must be filed with the Degree Counselor in the College of Liberal Arts and certified prior to application for graduation by the Dean of the College  in which the major study is awarded.

Students who are interested in this minor must have completed Composition I and II (ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302) and Public Speaking (COMM 1315) with the grade of "C"or better.  Furthermore, students must meet any prerequisite requirements for courses in their program.

Students must complete the following required courses: (12  hours)

  • COMM 2350 Media Writing and Performance
  • COMM 3340 Public Relations Techniques
  • COMM 4330 Public Relations Cases and Strategies
  • COMM 4335 Crisis Communication

Students may select from the following courses: (9 hours)
(Elective selection must be approved by the Faculty Advisor to the Public Relations Minor)

  • ARTS 3361 Graphic Design II
  • ENGL 3301 Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 3375 Writing in the Professions
  • ENGL 3379 Writing for the Web
  • COMM 3312 Newswriting for Television, Radio, and Internet
  • COMM 3320 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMM 3330 Persuasion
  • COMM 3380 New Media and Communication
  • COMM 4340 Advertising Criticism
  • COMM 4350 Communication in Organizations
  • COMM 4399 Communication Internship
  • MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing

Minor in Digital Journalism

The Digital Journalism minor will prepare TAMU-CC students for jobs within the ever-changing field of journalism. Within the core, students will learn the history and development of mass media within the United States, newswriting, legal and ethical issues surrounding journalism, and interviewing skills. Through elective credits, students will have the opportunity to take courses in the supporting areas of graphic design, web development, photography, video production, and media consumption.

Digital Journalism Core (9 hours)

  • COMM 1307 Media & Society
  • COMM 3312 Newswriting for Television, Radio, and Internet
  • COMM 4395 First Amendment and Ethical Issues in the Media

Digital Journalism Electives (12 hours minimum)

  • ARTS 2356 Photography I
  • COMM 2350 Media Writing and Performance
  • COMM 3301 Television Criticism
  • COMM 3313 Production I
  • COMM 3315 Editing I
  • COMM 3380 New Media and Communication
  • COMM 4342 Global Media
  • COMM 4398 Applied Experience OR COMM 4399 Communication Internship
  • ENGL 3379 Writing for the Web
  • GRDS 2301 Foundations of Graphic Design
  • GRDS 3304 Emerging Technologies
  • MISY 4330 Web Development for Business

Teacher Certification - Speech

Students choosing Speech Communication as a teaching field must satisfy the requirements listed below as well as those for the major in Communication.  All students seeking seeking certification  in Speech Communication should select a faculty advisor in the communication area to help them select appropriate courses.  Students are also urged to consult the Certification Office of the College of Education for complete and current information about the teacher certification requirements.

Requirements for the secondary certification plan in Speech Communication are as follows (total 30 semester hours):

  • COMM 1307 Media and Society
  • COMM 1318 Interpersonal Communication [common course SPCH 1318]
  • COMM 2333 Small Group Communication [common course SPCH 2333]
  • COMM 3301 Television Criticism
  • COMM 3310 Communication Theory
  • COMM 3311 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMM 3330 Persuasion
  • COMM 3335 UIL Debate and Speech
  • COMM 4345 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 4395 Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication

 

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