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2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mass Communication, Visual Communication Concentration, B.S.

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School of Journalism 

Visual Communication involves all the elements of visual communication, from traditional typography to digitized design for newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and the Web. The concentration’s main emphasis is information design, including print and interactive media that deliver information, opinion, and entertainment via printed online and digital media ranging from informational graphics, brochures, books, magazines, and newspapers to production in various multimedia forms, including the Internet.

Visual Communication students take the following required courses. Students should check the prerequisites for each course.

Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours completed before applying for candidacy
  2. Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following:

JOUR 1020 /EMC 1020 /RIM 1020 

JOUR 2710 

VCOM 2010 

VCOM 2950 

ENGL 1010  and ENGL 1020 

Math course satisfying General Education Mathematics requirement

  1. Minimum overall GPA in all school and university coursework of 2.50.

Required Courses

Writing/Design Requirements (15-16 hours)

Conceptual Requirements (9 hours)

Senior Special Topic (6 hours)

Practicum/Internship/Upper-Division Elective (1-3 hours)

 Choose one or a combination of not more than 3 hours total

Total hours in the college: 37-40

Recommended Curriculum

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshmen/sophomores should follow this general outline of courses; selection of junior and senior courses should be made in consultation with the advisor. Majors must have a C (2.00) or better in all mass communication courses.


Subtotal: 29 Hours


Subtotal: 27-30 Hours


* All students in the School of Journalism are required to complete two 15-18 hour minors, at least one of which must be in the liberal arts and sciences. Students in any School of Journalism concentration may not minor in any area of the College of Mass Communication. A computer literacy course is required. Students may choose from CSCI 1150, INFS 2200, or INFS 3100. CSCI 1000 will not meet this requirement.


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

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