| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Communication
The Department of Communication 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 Departmentsponsors 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
One of the Following Courses
Elective Courses: 18 credits in CommunicationRequirements for a Concentration in Journalism. In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following: Required Courses for Concentration
Four of the following Elective courses:
Pre-requisites: EN 102 Composition II, CM/EN 107 Journalism and Democracy, and CM/EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I for every journalism course except for CM/EN 270 Journalism: Editing, which has only EN 102 Composition II as a prerequisite.
Requirements for the Concentration in Media Production. In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following:TRACK A: Print MediaRequired Courses for this Track
Elective Courses: 9 credits in Communication TRACK B: Broadcast MediaRequired Courses for this Track
Elective Courses: 9 credits in CommunicationRequirements for the Concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following:Required Courses for Concentration (4 courses)
Elective Courses: 6 credits in CommunicationRequirements for the Concentration in Media Theory. In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following:Required Courses for Concentration
Elective Courses: 9 credits in CommunicationRequirements for a Minor in Communication 18 credits including
Plus any 4 electives in Communication Requirements for a Minor in Communication Education 18 credits including
Plus any 2 electives in Communication Worcester State University/Clark University COPACE BS/MSPC Degree ProgramThrough a COPACE cooperative program between Worcester State University and Clark University, qualified Communication Majors and Minors during their senior year can work towards a Master of Science in Professional Communication, while concurrently completing their Baccalaureate degree.