Degree Requirements - Department of Communication

B.A. DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION 124 S.H. COMMUNICATION STUDIES OPTION

GENERAL EDUCATION 47-48
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean (1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(2) 3
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(2) 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select any two from below
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit) 3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
*MATH 1016;1030;1054;2411
OR CPS 1031;1032;1231 3
Select any two areas from below;
one must be a lab course:
Biology 3, 4
Chemistry or Physics 3, 4
Astronomy, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3
Health/Physical Education 3
ID 1225 Issues Contemporary Health 3
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 6-9
Must Take ID 2415 if not taken as a GE class 3
Two classes at the 3000 level or better from English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology 6

ACADEMIC MAJOR 6

FOUNDATION CORE 12
COMM 2405 Public Speaking 3
COMM 2425 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication 3
COMM 3720 Communication & Media Theory 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES 24

Choose 8 COMM courses with Dept. advisement

FREE ELECTIVES 31-35
(50% of free electives must be taken at the 3000-4000 level)

TOTAL 124

*General Education Required Course
**Required Distribution Course for All Communication Majors. Must be taken as an additional requirement if not taken as a GE class.
***Only 6 total credits will count as major electives except with special permission. All require permission of faculty
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) Students need a “C” or better to satisfy requirement.
(3) Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.

B.A. COMMUNICATION FILM OPTION

GENERAL EDUCATION 47-48
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(2)    3
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(2) 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select any two from below
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit)    3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America    3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
*CPS 1031 3
Select any two areas from below;
one must be a lab course:
Biology 3, 4
Chemistry or Physics 3, 4
Astronomy, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3
Health/Physical Education 2,3
ID 1225    Issues Contemporary Health 3
OR
ID 1010    Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society     3
OR Two 1 credit PED courses 2

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES 6
PS 2300 Intro to Comparative Politics 3
OR PS 2400 Intro to International Relations 3
ID 2415 Group Communication 3 

ACADEMIC MAJOR 42

REQUIRED: FOUNDATION CORE 18
MED 2400 Production Foundations 3
FILM 2500 Sight, Sound, Motion 3
FILM 2600 Film History I 3
COMM 2920 Intro to Journalism 3
COMM 3510 Persuasion 3
COMM 3720 Communication and Media Theory 3

REQUIRED: FILM CORE 12
FILM 3100 Film Production 3   
FILM 3200 International Film 3   
FILM 3600 WE Script Writing 3
FILM 4100 Digital Film Editing 3
 
FILM ELECTIVES 12
3 credits in COMM
and 9 credits in FILM
 
FREE ELECTIVES: 28-30
At least 50% must be 3000/4000 Level

TOTAL 124

*General Education Required Course
**Required Distribution Course for All Communication Majors. Must be taken as an additional requirement if not taken as a GE class.
***Only 6 credits will count as major electives except with special permission.  All require permission of faculty
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) Students need a “C” or better.
(3) Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.

B.A. COMMUNICATION JOURNALISM OPTION

GENERAL EDUCATION 47-48
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000    Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(2) 3
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math    3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(2) 3
GE 2023    Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select any two from below
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit)    3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America    3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
*MATH 1016;1030;1054;2411
OR CPS 1031;1032;1231 3
Select any two areas from below;
one must be a lab course:
Biology 3, 4
Chemistry or Physics 3, 4
Astronomy, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3
Health/Physical Education 3
ID 1225 Issues Contemporary
Health 3
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 6-9
Must Take ID 2415
if not taken as a GE class 3
Two classes at the 3000 level or better from English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology 6
FA 2275 Digital Photography OR
FA 3273 Photojournalism    3

ACADEMIC MAJOR 42

FOUNDATION CORE 33
COMM 2405 Public Speaking 3
COMM 2920 Intro to Journalism 3
COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication 3
COMM 3720 Communication & Media Theory (WE) 3
COMM 3780 Tower Practicum 1
COMM 3780 Tower Practicum 1
COMM 3780 Tower Practicum 1
COMM 3910 Advanced Journalism 3
COMM 3915 Feature Writing 3
COMM 3920 Specialty Writing on the Web    3
COMM 3925 Editing Skills in Journalism    3
MEDIA 2800 Field Production

MAJOR ELECTIVES 9
Choose three courses with Dept. advisement

FREE ELECTIVES 25-29
At least 50% must be 3000/4000 Level

TOTAL 124

*General Education Required Course
**Required Distribution Course for All Communication Majors. Must be taken as an additional requirement if not taken as a GE class.
***Only 6 credits will count as major electives except with special permission.  All require permission of faculty
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) A grade of “C” or better is required.
(3) Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.

B.A. COMMUNICATION MEDIA OPTION

GENERAL EDUCATION 46-48
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(2) 3
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(2) 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select any two from below
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit)    3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
CPS 1031 3
Select any two areas from below;
one must be a lab course:
Biology 3, 4
Chemistry or Physics 3, 4
Astronomy, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3
Health/Physical Education 2,3
ID 1225 Issues Contemporary Health 3
OR
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3
OR Two one-credit PED courses 2

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES 6
PS 2300 Intro to Comparative Politics 3
OR PS 2400 Intro to International Relations 3
ID 2415 Group Communication 3

ACADEMIC MAJOR 42

REQUIRED: FOUNDATION CORE 18
MED 2400 Production Foundations 3
MED 2500 Mass Media 3
FILM 2600 Film History I 3
COMM 2920 Intro to Journalism 3
COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication 3
COMM 3720 Communication and Media Theory 3

REQUIRED: MEDIA CORE 12
MED 2600 Audio Production 3   
MED 2700 Media Performance 3
MED 2800 Field Production 3   
MED 3000 Broadcast Journalism 3

FILM ELECTIVES 12
3 credits in COMM and 9 credits in MED
 
FREE ELECTIVES: 28-30
At least 15 S.H. must be 3000/4000 Level

TOTAL 124

*General Education Required Course
**Required Distribution Course for All Communication Majors. Must be taken as an additional requirement if not taken as a GE class.
***Only 6 credits will count as major electives except with special permission.  All require permission of faculty
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) A grade of “C” or better is required.
(3) Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.

B.A. COMMUNICATION PUBLIC RELATIONS OPTION

GENERAL EDUCATION 47-48
FOUNDATIONS REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(2) 3
MATH 1010 Foundations of Math 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(2) 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select any two from below
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit)    3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America    3
Select two from the following areas:
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary
Science and Mathematics 10-11
*MATH 1016;1030;1054
OR CPS 1031;1032;1231 3
Select any two areas from below;
one must be a lab course:
Biology 3, 4
Chemistry or Physics 3, 4
Astronomy, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3
Health/Physical Education 3
ID 1225 Issues Contemporary Health 3 
OR
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 9
Must Take ID 2415
if not taken as a GE class 3
Two classes at the 3000 level or better from English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology 6

ACADEMIC MAJOR 36

FOUNDATION CORE 24
COMM 2405 Public Speaking 3
COMM 2425 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 2920 Introduction to Journalism 3
COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication 3
COMM 3660 Public Relations 3
COMM 3720 Communication and Media Theory 3
COMM 4620 Public Relations Writing 3
COMM 4640 Public Relations Cases 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES 12 
Choose from COMM courses with Dept. advisement

FREE ELECTIVES: 31-41
At least 50% must be 3000/4000 level

TOTAL 124

Special Notes
*General Education Required Course
**Required Distribution Course for All Communication Majors. Must be taken as an additional requirement if not taken as a GE class.
***Only 6 credits will count as major electives except with special permission.  All require permission of faculty
1 Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
2 A grade of “C” or better is required.
3 Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.

MINOR IN COMMUNICATION

REQUIRED COURSES   
GENERAL EDUCATION

ID 2415 Group Communication 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3

MAJOR COURSES
COMM 3720 Communication and Media Theory (WE) 3
COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication 3

Required Electives
COMM 2405 Public Speaking 3
OR
COMM 2920 Introduction to Journalism 3
Additional Elective Courses 6
Two Communication courses at 3000-4000 level after consultation with advisor

TOTAL 24

Executive director:
Dr. Jack Sargent

Lane Center for Academic Success
CAS 431
T: 908-737-0460
F: 908-737-0465
jsargent@kean.edu
Kean University - 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083 - 908-737-KEAN (5326) - Campus Map - Directions - Directory
webmaster@kean.edu