Communication Major

Communications Library Resources 

Chestnut Hill College offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communications and Technology. Core courses explore theories and practices of communication. Communications majors choose an area of concentration from the following: Media Studies and Production; Journalism and Professional Writing; or Corporate Communications. The program integrates research, analysis and creative production.

A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses required in the major comprise the major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both in the major and in order to successfully complete the requirements for the major. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the Minors.

Major in Communications/Media Studies and Production Concentration – 45 credits
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.
Required in the Major:  

COMM-141: Introduction to Journalism (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-201: Introduction to Film Analysis

COMM-203: Visual Literacy

COMM-221: Video Design and Production I

COMM-251: Mass Media and Society (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-253: Advanced Public Speaking Applications

COMM-258: Scriptwriting (Writing Intensive)

COMM-310: Theories and Research Methods

COMM-401: Internship in Communications

COMM-498: Senior Seminar in Communications

Five courses (15 credits) chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • COMM-102: Newspaper Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-112: Television Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-210: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM-221: Video Design and Production I
  • COMM-230: Audio Production
  • COMM-252: Writing for Electronic Media (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-255: Public Relations (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-260: Public Relations Writing (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-265: Writing and Editing for Magazines (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-275: Persuasive Methods
  • COMM-281: Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • COMM-325: Video Design and Production II
  • COMM-481: Advanced Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)

 

Sample Bachelor of Arts: Communications Major/Media Studies and Production Concentration/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

15/16* 

Year Two Fall 

15 

Year Three Fall 

14 

Year Four Fall 

16/17* 

COMM-141
ENGL-101
RLST-104
Language 103
WOK or elective
FYIN-100*
COMM-221
GLST-201
RLST-2XX
COMM elective
WOK or elective
COMM-253
ETHS-201
Minor #1 or elective
WOK or elective (4 cr)
Elective (1 cr)
COMM-310
COMM-401
COMM elective
Minor #4 or elective
WOK or elective
Elective (1 cr)
FYIN-101* with Internship
       

Year One Spring 

15/16* 

Year Two Spring 

15 

Year Three Spring 

15 

Year Four Spring 

15 

COMM-201
COMM-203
ILAR-101
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
COMM-251
COMM-258 (WI)
COMM elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #2*
COMM-325
COMM elective
COMM elective
Minor #2 or elective
Minor #3 or elective
COMM-498
Minor #5 or elective
Minor #6 or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120 

 

Major in Communications/Corporate Communication Concentration – 45 credits
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.
Required in the Major:  

COMM-110: Introduction to Communications (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-210: Interpersonal Communication (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-251: Mass Media and Society (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-253: Advanced Public Speaking Applications

COMM-254: Advertising (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-255: Public Relations (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-275: Persuasive Methods

COMM-310: Theories and Research Methods

COMM-401: Internship in Communications

COMM-498: Senior Seminar in Communications

15 credits (five courses) chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • COMM-260: Public Relations Writing (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-281: Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • COMM-481: Advanced Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • CMTC-320: Presentations in Multimedia
  • MKTG-203: Marketing Principles (WOK: Behavioral)
  • MKTG-205: Consumer Behavior (WOK: Behavioral)
  • MKTG-206: International Marketing (WOK: Behavioral)
  • MKTG-365: Marketing Management

Sample Bachelor of Arts: Communications Major/Corporate Communication Concentration/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only; it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

15/16* 

Year Two Fall 

15 

Year Three Fall 

16 

Year Four Fall 

15/16* 

COMM-110
ENGL-101
RLST-104
Language 103
WOK or elective
FYIN-100*
COMM-255
COMM elective
GLST-201
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
ETHS-201
COMM elective
COMM elective
WOK or elective (4 cr)
Minor #1 or elective
COMM-310
COMM-401
Minor #4 or elective
Minor #5 or elective
WOK or elective
FYIN-101* with Internship
       

Year One Spring 

15/16* 

Year Two Spring 

15/16* 

Year Three Spring 

15 

Year Four Spring 

14 

COMM-210
COMM-275
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
ILAR-101
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
COMM-251
COMM-253
MKTG-205
COMM elective
WOK or elective (WI)
PHED #2
COMM-325
RLST-2XX
COMM elective
Minor #2 or elective
Minor #3 or elective
COMM-254
COMM-498
Minor #6 or elective
WOK or elective
Elective (1 cr)
Elective (1 cr)

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120 

 

Major in Communications/Journalism and Professional Writing Concentration – 45 credits
Courses are 3 credits unless indicated.
Required in the Major:

COMM-141: Introduction to Journalism

COMM-221: Video Design and Production I

COMM-251: Mass Media and Society (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-252: Writing for Electronic Media (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-253: Advanced Public Speaking Applications

COMM-255: Public Relations (WOK: Behavioral)

COMM-310: Theories and Research Methods

COMM-401: Internship in Communications

COMM-498: Senior Seminar in Communications

CMTC-200: Introduction to Web Development and Design

Five courses (15 credits) chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • COMM-112: Television Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-102: Newspaper Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-254: Advertising
  • COMM-258: Scriptwriting (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-260: Public Relations Writing (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-265: Writing and Editing for Magazines (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-275: Persuasive Methods
  • COMM-325: Video Design and Production II
  • COMM-281: Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • COMM-481: Advanced Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • CMTC-210: Computer Graphics with Photoshop
  • CMTC-215: Desktop Publishing
  • CMTC-320: Presentations in Multimedia
  • ENGL-204: Writing Literary Non-Fiction

Sample Bachelor of Arts: Communications Major Journalism and Professional Writing Concentration/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.

 

 

Year One Fall 

15/16* 

Year Two Fall 

15 

Year Three Fall 

16 

Year Four Fall 

14/15* 

COMM-141
ENGL-101
RLST-104
Language 103
WOK or elective
FYIN-100*
COMM-251
GLST-201
COMM Elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
COMM-265 (WI)
ETHS-201
Minor #1 or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective (4 cr)
COMM-310
COMM-401
Minor #4 or elective
Minor #5 or elective
Elective (1 cr)
Elective (1 cr)
FYIN-101* with Internship
       

Year One Spring 

15/16* 

Year Two Spring 

15/16* 

Year Three Spring 

15 

Year Four Spring 

15 

COMM-221
COMM-252
ILAR-101
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
CMTC-200
COMM-253
RLST-2XX
COMM Elective
WOK or elective
PHED #2
COMM-260
COMM-255
Minor #2 or elective
Minor #3 or elective
WOK or elective
COMM-498
Minor #6 or elective
COMM Elective
COMM Elective
COMM Elective

 

 

*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120