Communication, Media, and Screen Studies, B.A. - Film, Television, and Media Production

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:  


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Core Requirements (21 Credits)
Major GPA of 2.0 required

Select two courses in CMS at the 100-level (Introductory)
Select two courses in CMS at the 200-level (Intermediate)
Select two courses in CMS at the 300-level or 400-level (Advanced)
Select one course (Capstone):
  CMS 420 - Professional Communication Training and Development
  CMS 445 - Social Media Campaign Planning
  CMS 465 - Content Development for Social Media
  CMS 490 - Practicum in Communication, Media, & Screen Studies
  CMS 495 - CMS Capstone Project
  CMS 498 - Advanced special Topic
  CMS 499 - Independent Study
  IDS 405 - In a World: A Gamified Capstone Experience

Film, Television, and Media Production Concentration (24 Credits)
CMS 145 - Visual Communication
CMS 370 - Studio Production
CMS 375 - Field Production

Select one course:
CMS 470 - Narrative Filmaking
CMS 473 - Advanced Studio production
CMS 475 - Documentary Filmmaking

Select four courses:
CMS 221 - Advertising and Public Relations Theories and Concepts
CMS 222 - Media Theory
CMS 238 -  Communication Design
CMS 240 - Introduction to Media Studies
CMS 245 - Experiemental Media Production
CMS 247 - Media Issues and Problems
CMS 285 - Communication and Media Research
CMS 330 - Propaganda in Media
CMS 333 - Screenwriting for Film and Television
CMS 335 - Advertising Strategy and Planning
CMS 336 - Writing Copy for Integrated Media
CMS 338 - Advanced Communication Design
CMS 340 - Brand Management
CMS 342 - Hip Hop, Rap, and Media
CMS 345 - Advanced Audio Production and Sound
CMS 346 - Music and Sound in Media
CMS 347 - Political Satire and New Media
CMS 378 - Graphics for Film and Television
CMS 430 - Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns
CMS 445 - Social Media Campaign Planning
CMS 470 - Narrative Filmmaking
CMS 473 - Advanced Studio Production
CMS 475 - Documentary Filmmaking
CMS 490 - Practicum in Communication, Media, & Screen Studies
CMS 495 - CMS Capstone Project
CMS 497 - CMS Field Experience
CMS 498 - Advance Special Topics
CMS 499 - Independent Study


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.