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EIU Communication Studies

Mass Communication Option

The Mass Communication option prepares students to think critically about the ways in which mass communication influences society, and helps them become informed, critical consumers of media.

Success in today’s rapidly evolving media industries requires a solid foundation in the liberal arts, a comprehensive training in media theory, and introductory skills in media production as traditional communication channels overlap and converge. Special focus is given to how mediated communication influences our understanding of political and social life, and how we understand our place in a world that has become increasingly smaller.

After graduation

Mass Communication students graduate with the enduring knowledge and transferrable skills necessary to be successful in the contemporary workplace. This opens the door to a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Graduates find jobs in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Employers often seek out communication skills and an understanding of how communication messages influence the world around us.

Graduates with this option are particularly well prepared to work as leaders in multiple media industries, thriving in environments that require understanding of how media impact our understanding of the world.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES CORE: 18 HRS

  • CMN 2010 - Introduction to Communication Theories
  • CMN 2040 - Argumentation & Critical Thinking
  • CMN 3000 - Communication Research Methods
  • CMN 3100 - Persuasion
  • CMN 3220 - Rhetoric of Race & Class
  • CMN 3903 - Rhetoric of Gender & Sexuality

OPTION CORE: 19 HRS

  • CMN 2520 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • CMN 2500 - Production I

OR

  • CMN 3030 - Promotional Communication
  • CMN 3270 - Communcation & Popular Culture
  • CMN 3530 - Film Communication
  • CMN 3560 - International Communication
  • CMN 4820 - Political Communication

OPTION ELECTIVES: 9 HRS

Mass Communication students may select any CMN prefix course as an elective. Other electives are available, selected in consultation with an advisor.

TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS: 46 HRS

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School of Communication and Journalism

Buzzard Hall 2521
217-581-6003
cmnjou@eiu.edu


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