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Strategic Media Messaging Minor - Program Requirements

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Completing the Strategic Media Messaging Minor Program

Academic Requirements

Overall GPA of 2.000
Minimum 2.000 GPA in a Communication Literacy 1 course

Academic Advice

The Minor in Strategic Media Messaging requires 18 credit hours selected from approved required and elective courses, with at least 12 of the 18 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level.

No more than two (2) courses may be used to satisfy credit requirements in the student’s major, other minors, or programs.
Students must take at least one (1) approved course from three of four CAS disciplines (ART, COM, DMS, and ENG) to complete the interdisciplinary minor in Strategic Media Messaging. No more than two (2) of the upper level (300 or 400 level) courses may be from the same discipline.

Transfer Credit Policy

No more than two (2) courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor can be transfer courses.

Prerequisite Courses

One Communication Literacy 1 course, completed with a minimum 2.000 GPA.

Required Courses

Select two (2) courses, one (1) each from two different disciplines:

  • ART:
    • ART 100 What are You Looking At? Deciphering Design in the World
    • ART 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
    • ART 201 Introduction to Graphic Design
    • ART 313 Introduction to Photography
    • ART 240 History of Graphic Design
    • ART 303 Introduction to Digital Art
  • COM:
    • COM 101 Principles of Communication
  • DMS:
  • ENG:
  • SSC:
    • SSC 328 Communicating for Health and Human Services Professionals

Required experiential course

Students planning to complete the experiential learning requirement by taking variable credit tutorials (such as Internships, Independent Studies, etc.) must register for a minimum of three (3) credit hours.

Select at least one (1) of the designated experiential courses; if the course is an internship course, it should be taken as the final course in the minor sequence and for variable hours internships, for a maximum of three (3) credit hours:

  • ART courses with lab components:
  • COM 488 Special Topics in Organizational Communication (open to non-COM majors, maximum 3 credit hours)
  • COM 496 Internship in Communication (open to COM majors only, maximum 3 credit hours)
  • DMS 343 Intermediate Digital Post-Production
  • DMS 496 Media Arts Internship (open to DMS majors only, maximum 3 credit hours)
  • ENG 394 Writing Workshop (maximum 3 credit hours)
  • ENG 496 Writing Internship (maximum 3 credit hours)
  • SSC 496 Internship (open to SSC majors only, maximum 3 credit hours)


Select three (3) courses from this list; no more than two (2) courses may be chosen from any single discipline:

  • ART:
  • COM:
    • COM 300: Written Communication
    • COM 317 Business/Professional Communication
    • COM 326 Public Speaking
    • COM 334 Sociology of Communication
    • COM 337 Communication Theory
    • COM 410 Communication in Asia and Pacific Rim Countries
    • COM 417 Special Topics in Mass Communication
    • COM 449 Promotional Writing
  • DMS (note that DMS electives are 4 credit hours):
    • DMS 331 Social and Mobile Media
    • DMS 343 Intermediate Digital Post-Production
    • DMS 375 Science, Culture and Emerging Media
    • DMS 474 Media Theories and Approaches
    • DMS 480 Social Media & Networks
  • ENG:
  • SSC:
    • SSC 414 Grant Writing for Non-Profits
    • SSC 443 Law, Legal Writing and Advocacy

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Strategic Media Messaging Minor
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or minor requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:51:12