ACADEMICS

  • 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 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

    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 a Concentration in Journalism.
    In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following:
     
    Required Courses for Concentration

    • CM/EN 107 Journalism and Democracy
    • CM/EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I
    • CM/EN 416 Media Law and Ethics

    Four of the following Elective courses:

    • CM/EN 268 Journalism: Feature Writing
    • CM/EN 270 Journalism: Editing
    • CM/EN 351 News Reporting and Writing II
    • CM/EN 352 Practicum in Journalism
    • CM/EN 353 Narrative Journalism
    • CM/EN 354 Opinion Writing
    • CM 390 Alternative Communication
    • CM 359 Documentary Production
    • CM 435 Internship
    • EN 475 Internship in English

    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 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 six 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 the Concentration in Media Theory. In addition to the six core courses, students will have to complete the following:

    Required Courses for Concentration

    • CM 301 Communication Theory
    • CM 404 Independent Study in Media*
    • CM 405 Mass Communication Research

    Elective Courses: 9 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 towards a Master of Science in Professional Communication, while concurrently completing their Baccalaureate degree.