ACADEMICS

  • Communication 

    The Communication Department at Worcester State University promotes the critical understanding of communication in a culturally diverse and technological world. Grounded on methods of inquiry, the program engages students in the theory and practice of mass communications and intercultural communication. The department's goal is to educate students to assess the role of communication in society, and to be proficient communicators and competent users of current technologies. Representing diverse areas of expertise, the faculty emphasizes contemporary issues and media ethics from a global perspective.

    Courses focused on media literacy, criticism, production and special topics, prepare students for careers in the field and for further study at the graduate level. Facilities include computer labs, a state-of-the-art television studio, editing suites, electronic field production video equipment, and photographic dark rooms.

    In addition to course work, students in their junior and senior year who have a GPA of 2.7 or higher are encouraged to apply for media internships with companies and nonprofit organizations that have a long-standing relationship with the department. Majors have the opportunity to become members of WSTS-TV 11 and WSCW radio station. The department sponsors internships and photographic exhibits. In addition, many WSU students participate in off-campus communication-related competitions and activities.

    Requirements for a Major in Communication
    36 credits for the media theory and public communication concentrations and 39 credits for the concentration in media production

    Core Courses

    • CM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
    • CM 105 Media Writing or CM 200 Writing for Communication
    • CM 110 Public Speaking
    • CM 363 Visual Media Literacy
    • CM 384 Media Criticism
    • CM 450 Senior Communication Capstone

    One of the following courses:

    • CM/WO 213 Gender and Media
    • CM/WO 350 Intercultural Communication
    • CM/WO 390 Alternative Communication

    Elective Courses: 18 credits in Communication

    Requirements for the Concentration in Media Production
    In addition to the 6 core courses, students will have to complete the following:

    TRACK A: Print Media
     

    Required courses for this track:

    • CM 150 Photography I or CM 151 Introduction to Digital Photography
    • CM 160 Digital Imaging
    • CM 231 Photography II
    • CM 244 Graphic Design

    Elective courses: 9 credits in communication

    TRACK B: Broadcast Media

    Required courses for this track 

    • CM 259 Television Production I
    • CM 260 Introduction to Video
    • CM 366 Scriptwriting
    • CM 396 Video Editing

    Elective courses: 9 credits in communication

    Requirements for the Concentration in Advertising and Public Relations
    In addition to the 6 core courses, students will have to complete the following:

    Required courses for concentration (4 courses):

    • CM 180 Introduction to Advertising
    • CM 240 Public Relations Principles and Practices
    • CM 340 Public Relations Strategy or CM 370 Advertising Production
    • CM 400 Public Relations Research or CM 405 Mass Communication Research

    Elective courses: 6 credits in communication

    Requirements for a Minor in Communication
    18 credits including:

    • CM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
    • CM 110 Public Speaking
    • Plus any 4 electives in communication

    Requirements for a Minor in Communication Education
    18 credits including:

    • CM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
    • CM 110 Public Speaking
    • CM/WO 350 Intercultural Communication
    • CM 384 Media Criticism or CM 363 Visual Media Literacy
    • Plus any 2 electives in communication

    Worcester State University/Clark University COPACE BS/MSPC Degree Program
    Through a COPACE cooperative program between Worcester State University and Clark University, qualified communication majors and minors during their senior year can work toward a Master of Science in Professional Communication while concurrently completing their baccalaureate degree.