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