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Are you interested in journalism, media studies, public relations or interpersonal/organizational communication? Would you like to put your skills to the test to improve the quality of life of others?

Pursue a dynamic career in communication and become a competitive professional in the national workforce. The School of Communication educates tomorrow's leaders today, through rigorous course study, professional training using cutting-edge technologies and through collaboration with business professionals and community leaders.

With an exceptional internship program and a plethora of real-world opportunities offered through student organizations including the National Broadcast Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, you will have the experience, training and the network to enter the field you choose.

ECU Advantage

Our students shine at internship placements including NBC, TNT, MTV, Live Nation, Pittsburgh Sports Radio, E!, Man v. Food, with major athletic teams and in high profile public relations firms. Some of our most famous alumni include Scott Avett (Avett Brothers) and Emily Procter (CSI: Miami). Our most celebrated future success story? You.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Linda Kean (102 Joyner East; 252-328-4227; keanl@ecu.edu)

The BS in communication has concentrations in interpersonal/organizational communication, journalism, media studies and public relations. Students must be admitted to the School of Communication prior to pursuing a major. Admission may be requested upon acceptance to ECU. Students are required to meet with a School of Communication's advisor in order to apply. Entering freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 un-weighted high school GPA. Continuing or transfer students may apply for admittance, provided he or she has a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. To continue in any communication major, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

A minimum grade of C- (1.7) is required in all COMM courses that count toward the major. In addition, a minimum grade of C- (1.7) must be achieved in all COMM prerequisites before students can advance in the curriculum.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 1002 - 6 s.h.

    Note:  Foreign language through level 1004 is required for the journalism concentration. This is a requirement for graduation. The additional 6 s.h. will not be applied toward the journalism concentration total.

      3. Core - 6 s.h.
      • COMM 1001 - Introduction to Communication
      • COMM 1003 - Introduction to Mass Media
      4. Concentration area - 33-34 s.h.

      (Choose one)

        Interpersonal/Organizational Communication - 33 s.h.:
          Concentration core - 21 s.h.
          • COMM 2010 - Communication Criticism
          • COMM 2030 - Communication Research
          • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
          • COMM 3110 - Persuasion Theories
          • COMM 3142 - Small Group Communication
          • COMM 3152 - Interpersonal Communication Theory
          • COMM 3160 - Organizational Communication Theory
          Choose 3 s.h. from:
          • COMM 3172 - Media Effects
          • COMM 3380 - Computer Mediated Communication
          • COMM 4032 - Mass Media Law
          • COMM 4040 - Media, Culture, and Society
          • COMM 4400 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
          • COMM 4905 - Media Ethics
          Choose 3 s.h. from:
          • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
          • COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
          Choose 3 s.h. COMM electives
            Capstone course - 3 s.h.
            • COMM 4060 - Special Problems in Communication or
            • COMM 4080 - Senior Communication Capstone
          Journalism - 34 s.h.:

          Note:  Foreign language through level 1004 is required for the journalism concentration. This is a requirement for graduation. The additional 6 s .h. will not be applied toward the journalism concentration total.

            Concentration core - 19 s.h.
            • COMM 2225 - Video News Production
            • COMM 2340 - Development of American Journalism
            • COMM 2500 - Media Writing and Reporting
            • COMM 3320 - Multiplatform Journalism
            • COMM 3390 - International News
            • COMM 4293 - Producing the News
            Choose 9 s.h. from:
            • COMM 3300 - Entrepreneurial Journalism
            • COMM 3310 - Copy Editing and Design
            • COMM 3311 - Business and Economic Reporting
            • COMM 3330 - Feature Writing
            • COMM 3340 - Desktop Publishing
            • COMM 3430 - Electronic News Performance
            • COMM 3500 - Web Design for Communication Professionals
            • COMM 4091 - Internship–Seminar
            Choose 3 s.h. from:
            • COMM 3172 - Media Effects
            • COMM 3520 - Sports Media Survey
            • COMM 4032 - Mass Media Law
            • COMM 4040 - Media, Culture, and Society
            • COMM 4045 - Media Literacy for Communication Professionals
            • COMM 4075 - Media Criticism
            • COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
            • COMM 4905 - Media Ethics
            Capstone course - 3 s.h.
            • COMM 4321 - In-Depth Reporting Capstone
          Media Studies - 33 s.h.:
            Concentration core - 21 s.h.
            • COMM 2010 - Communication Criticism
            • COMM 2030 - Communication Research
            • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
            • COMM 3172 - Media Effects
            • COMM 4032 - Mass Media Law
            • COMM 4040 - Media, Culture, and Society
            • COMM 4905 - Media Ethics
            Choose 3 s.h. from:
            • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
            • COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
            Choose 3 s.h from:
            • COMM 3110 - Persuasion Theories
            • COMM 3142 - Small Group Communication
            • COMM 3152 - Interpersonal Communication Theory
            • COMM 3160 - Organizational Communication Theory
            • COMM 3380 - Computer Mediated Communication
            • COMM 4400 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
            Choose 3 s.h. COMM electives
              Capstone course - 3 s.h.
              • COMM 4060 - Special Problems in Communication or
              • COMM 4080 - Senior Communication Capstone
            Public Relations - 34 s.h.:

            Note: Public Relations students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to remain in the concentration.

              Concentration core - 19 s.h.
              • COMM 2030 - Communication Research
              • COMM 2104 - Public Relations and Corporate Writing
              • COMM 2500 - Media Writing and Reporting
              • COMM 3120 - Public Relations Theory

              • COMM 4032 - Mass Media Law or
              • COMM 4905 - Media Ethics

              • COMM 4180 - Public Relations Strategies
              Choose 6 s.h. from:
              • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
              • COMM 3310 - Copy Editing and Design
              • COMM 3340 - Desktop Publishing
              • COMM 3362 - Visual Editing
              • COMM 3500 - Web Design for Communication Professionals
              • COMM 4091 - Internship–Seminar
              Choose 3 s.h. from:
              • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
              • COMM 3390 - International News
              • COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
              • COMM 4185 - International Public Relations
              Choose 3 s.h. from:
              • COMM 3110 - Persuasion Theories
              • COMM 3160 - Organizational Communication Theory
              • COMM 3172 - Media Effects
              • COMM 3520 - Sports Media Survey
              • COMM 4040 - Media, Culture, and Society
              • COMM 4130 - Conflict and Communication
              Capstone course - 3 s.h.
              • COMM 4500 - Public Relations Campaigns
          5. Minor or structured electives to complete requirements for graduation.

          Students who major in communication cannot minor in communication.

            For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

            Careers With This Degree

            Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

            • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
            • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
            • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

            Career Opportunities

            ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

            NC Tower

            This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

            • Self-employed;
            • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
            • Work outside of North Carolina.

            US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

            This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

            Degree-specific internships

            For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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