ACADEMIC MAP
Communication & Media Studies - Digital Communication, BAS

Semester 1

COURSE CR COMMENTS
COLL 101 : ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
ENGL 101 : ~COMPOSITION 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
COMM 105 : INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 110 : BASIC NEWSWRITING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
COMM 111 : ~FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: HUMAN COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

Semester 2

COURSE CR COMMENTS
: HUMAN COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY ELECTIVE 4 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
ENGL 102 : ~COMPOSITION 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 215 : MEDIA WRITING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 219 : FUND OF BROADCAST PRODUCTION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

Semester 3

COURSE CR COMMENTS
CMS 117 : INTRO TO SOCIAL MEDIA MGMT 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 218 : NEWS REPORTING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 221 : BROADCAST ANNOUNCING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 225 : MEDIA DESIGN I 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
AESTHETICS, CREATIVITY, AND APPRECIATION : 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 13

Semester 4

COURSE CR COMMENTS
: PEOPLE AND THEIR WORLDS ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 223 : BROADCAST PROGRAMMING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 235 : FUNDAMENTALS VIDEO PRODUCTION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 239 : BROADCAST NEWS WRITING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 240 : MULTIMEDIA REPORTING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 15

Semester 5

COURSE CR COMMENTS
CMS 230 : FUND OF STRATEGIC COMM 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 226 : MEDIA DESIGN II 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
COMM 304 : HUMAN COMM/RATIONAL DECISIONS 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 339 : REPORTING PUBLIC AFFAIRS 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
PHIL 150 : INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 329 : SPORTS NEWS WRITING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

Semester 6

COURSE CR COMMENTS
: PEOPLE AND THEIR WORLDS ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: QUANTITATIVE REASONING ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: FREE ELECTIVE 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
COMM 308 : NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 349 : SPORTS REPORTING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 359 : BROADCAST REPORTING 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

Semester 7

COURSE CR COMMENTS
COMM 404 : PERSUASION THEORY & RESEARCH 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 425 : VIDEO PRODUCTION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 428 : MEDIA ETHICS & LAW 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: AESTHETIS, CREATIVITY AND APPRECIATION ELECTIVE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY ELECTIVE 4 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

Semester 8

COURSE CR COMMENTS
COMM 306 : HUMAN COMM IN ORGANIZATIONS/INSTITUTIONS 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
COMM 316 : INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 419 : (CAPSTONE) ADV. BROADCAST PRODUCTION 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
CMS 440 : COMMUNICATION & MEDIA STUDIES INTERNSHIP 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 12

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Communication is a four year program that prepares students for a career in broadcasting, journalism, digital media or marketing. Students gain real broadcasting experience through WVU Parkersburg’s campus radio station. Communication professionals shape how people share, receive, and process information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that roughly 27,400 new positions will open up in the field before 2024.

MILESTONE COURSE: These courses are the keys to graduation. Courses should be taken in the recommended semesters to stay on time for completion.

FIELD/CLINICAL COURSE:

CAREER PLANNING:

CAPSTONE COURSE: The capstone is a semester-long project that prepares you for the workforce by perfecting your resume, assessing student learning outcomes, and preparing a portfolio of student work.

ELECTIVES:

CONCURRENT COURSES:


ADMISSION TO PROGRAM


CERTIFICATION:


PRACTICUM and SEMINAR

2+2 with WVU Parkersburg
CAREER LADDER:

Students should average 15 credit hours per semester, or 30 per year, to graduate on time.

TOTAL DEGREE CREDITS:
120

ADVISING
Once you have decided to pursue this degree, you will be assigned to an advisor who is an expert in the communications and media field you wish to pursue. The advisor can help you choose classes, plan for transfer to the four-year program after you finish your associates degree, and help you track your academic map toward a graduate degree.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Students will have an opportunity for internships at WPKM and at a variety of local radio and television stations as they develop skills throughout the program.

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE
Reaching a listening population of over 170,000 residences, the college radio station offers a variety of musical genres, news/talk and sports shows as well as 24/7 online streaming. Students have opportunities in digital production and announcing; post-production digital audio editing and operation of recording studio equipment.

Graduation Requirements:

 
Foundational Learning Courses (FLCs):

To ensure breadth and depth as students meet these broad education goals, the curriculum focuses on six academic “strands.”

Aesthetics,
Creativity, and
Appreciation
Human
Communication
and Interaction 
People and
Their Worlds
 Quantitative
Reasoning 
Scientific InquiryWriting and
Rhetoric

 ART-101

 ART-111

 ENGL-131

 ENGL-132

 ENGL-221

 ENGL-222

 ENGL-241

 ENGL-242

 ENGL-257

 ENGL-261

 ENGL-262

 ENGL-285

 MUSI-170

 THEA-101

 COMM-105

 COMM-111

 COMM-112

 COMM-202

 ECON-201

 ECON-202

 GEOG-102

 HIST-101

 HIST-102

 HIST-152

 HIST-153

 HIST-250

 PHIL-111

 PHIL-150

 PHIL-231

 POLS-101

 POLS-102

 PSYC-101
 
 PSYC-241

 SOC-101

 SOC-107

 SOC-221

 MATH-120

 MATH-125

 MATH-126

 MATH-211

 ASTR-106
 BIOL-101

 BIOL-102

 BIOL-103

 BIOL-104

 BIOL-107

 BIOL-108

 BIOL-109

 BIOL-115

 BIOL-117

 BIOL-171

 CHEM-111

 CHEM-115

 CHEM-116

 GEOL-101

 GEOL-102

 GEOL-103

 GEOL-104

 GEOL-105

 PSCI-101

 PSCI-111

 PSCI-112

 PHYS-101

 PHYS-102
 
PHYS-111

 ENGL-101

 ENGL-102

 ENGL-107

 



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