Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences


College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Prabu David, DEAN


The College of Communication Arts and Sciences is one of the top-ranked colleges of communication. As digital and mobile technologies continue to transform our world, communication is at the center of the great challenges and opportunities of our time. Students and faculty in the college are shaping the future of communication through their research, creative works, and innovative teaching. We are pioneering new ways to use communication for the common good. By embracing change, we prepare tomorrow’s global communicators to solve problems throughout the world. 

Undergraduate degrees in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences provide distinctive educational opportunities that connect academic majors and programs to meaningful careers. Students pursue futures in a wide array of communication industries, including advertising, public relations, game design, communication leadership, user experience design, filmmaking, journalism, and speech-language pathology. 
 
Our college offers a diverse and inclusive community. Students thrive in our top-ranked programs led by world-class faculty and industry leaders. In the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, classrooms extend beyond the four walls to the entire globe, through our emphasis on groundbreaking experiential learning opportunities. 
 
We offer undergraduate majors in Advertising Management, Creative Advertising, Public Relations, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Communication, Communication Leadership and Strategy, Digital Storytelling, Journalism, Games and Interactive Media, and Information Science. The college includes the departments of Advertising and Public Relations; Communicative Sciences and Disorders; Communication; Media and Information; and the School of Journalism. These academic units offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 

Our graduate programs have a long tradition of excellence, successfully placing students in top industry and academic positions. We offer professional master’s degrees in several dynamic fields. We offer three Ph.D. programs: Information and Media, Communication, and Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Each doctoral program is world-renowned for quality of graduate education and research opportunities for students. 
 
Undergraduate students may complete an additional major, to prepare for desired careers. The program of courses taken for a major in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences or in any department of the college will be established through a contract developed by the student and the advisor in the college. 

 


Undergraduate Programs

Students meeting the general requirements for admission as freshmen and sophomores to the university are enrolled in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative. Such students may declare a major preference in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and be assigned an advisor from the college.

When students reach sophomore standing (28 credits), their academic records are evaluated to determine if they meet the requirements for admission into the college.

Students within the college are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before they enroll in courses. Students are encouraged to elect courses in the college consistent with the requirements of their majors and consistent with their academic and career goals.

Students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in the college may elect the Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. For additional information, refer to the statement on Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the College of Natural Science section of this catalog.

Students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences may elect a Minor in Film Studies. For additional information, refer to the statement on Minor in Film Studies in the Department of English section of this catalog or contact the Department of English or the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in The Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering may elect a Minor in Information Technology. For additional information, refer to the statement on Minor in Information Technology in The Eli Broad College of Business section of this catalog or contact The Eli Broad College of Business.

Admission to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences

The number of students admitted to advertising creative, advertising management, and journalism is limited. For additional information, refer to the statements on the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and the School of Journalism.

The minimal college criteria for admission to any of the majors in the college are:

  1. Completion of at least 28 credits acceptable to the college.
  2. An academic record in all work accepted by the college which at least meets the requirements of Academic Standing of Undergraduate Students. Included in this must be a grade–point average of not less than 2.00 in all courses taken in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
  3. Acceptance as a major in a department or school of the college.

Graduation Requirements

  1. The university requirements for the bachelor's degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.
  2. A minimum of 60 credits in courses given outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
  3. The specific requirements of a major program, with no more than the maximum number of credits that is permitted in the major.  (Refer to the statements for the academic units in the college that follow.)
  4. A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in courses taken in the student's major.
  5. At least 40 credits in courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels.

Honors Study

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences encourages honors students to develop distinctive undergraduate programs in the fields offered by the academic units. A member of the faculty is selected to serve as advisor to Honors College students in each major field, and it is the advisor's responsibility to help the student plan a rigorous and balanced program which will also reflect the student's special interests and competencies. Independent study experience is strongly encouraged when relevant to the student's total program.


Teacher Certification Options

The communicative sciences and disorders disciplinary major and the journalism disciplinary major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences are available for teacher certification. 

A journalism disciplinary minor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences is available for teacher certification.

Students who elect the communicative sciences and disorders disciplinary major must contact the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Students who elect the journalism disciplinary major or the journalism disciplinary minor must contact the School of Journalism.

For additional information, refer to the statements on the audiology and speech sciences disciplinary major and the journalism disciplinary major, and to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.


College of Communication Arts and Sciences 3 + 3 Option

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the MSU College of Law, offers an opportunity for selected College of Communication Arts and Sciences students to earn a baccalaureate degree after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 91 credits at Michigan State University in a major of Advertising, Communication, Journalism, or Media and Information, and a minimum of 29 credits through subsequent enrollment at the Michigan State University College of Law. Students interested in this option should consult with their college academic advisor during their first year in the college.

Admission to the MSU College of Law component of this program is limited to a small number of students who complete the specified university and college requirements and who earn a grade-point average and LSAT score that is acceptable for admission to the Michigan State University College of Law.

All students in this program will complete a minimum of 91 credits at Michigan State University in a major of Advertising, Communication, Journalism, or Media and Information. The requirements for the program are as follows:

  1. Completion of all the university-level graduation requirements, including integrative studies, writing, and mathematics.
  2. Completion of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences college-level graduation requirements including Tier II writing, 31 credits outside of the college, and at least 11 credits at the 300-400 level.
  3. Completion of the department-level requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Communication, Journalism or Media and Information.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 29 credits at the Michigan State University College of Law
Upon satisfactory completion of the specified 120 credits, students in this program will be eligible for the baccalaureate degree and may apply for conferral of their degree.

 

Graduate Study

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers programs leading to the master's degree in each of its five academic units. In addition, the college offers two master’s degrees, Health and Risk Communication, and Strategic Communication. The college also offers three doctoral degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, in Communication, and in Information and Media. Specific requirements depend upon the major area, the interests of the student, and the recommendations of the major advisor or the guidance committee. For more information, visit www.comartsci.msu.edu.

Graduate programs are designed to offer a deeper understanding of communication theory and process as it relates to society and to prepare students to effectively communicate the knowledge and research findings in their major fields.

Students are encouraged to elect courses in the college consistent with the requirements of their majors and consistent with their academic and career goals.

Students majoring in other colleges of the university may elect courses or cognates in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Practical experience in communication research may be obtained through participation in projects housed in various academic units.Academic standards for admission and retention; degree requirements; and residence, transfer credit and time limit requirements are in accordance with university regulations as shown in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in advertising, communication, journalism, and media and information may pursue a linked bachelor's-master's degree in health and risk communication.

Students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in advertising, communication, journalism, and media and information may pursue a linked bachelor's-master's degree in health and risk communication.

Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the college may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Students who are enrolled in master's or doctoral  degree programs in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders may elect a specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Students who are enrolled in doctoral degree programs in the college may pursue a certification in College Teaching. For additional information, visit https://grad.msu.edu/CCTP.


Master of Arts and Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

For admission to regular status, at least a 3.00 average in all work completed in the third and fourth years of undergraduate study is required. Some students with an average of less than 3.00 but not less than 2.50 for those two undergraduate years may be admitted for up to 15 credits of graduate work on provisional status.

Requirements for the Degree

All degree programs require a minimum total of 30 credits with the following exceptions:

  1. 51 credits are required for the master's degree in communicative sciences and disorders;
  2. 33 credits are required for the master’s degree in health communication.

Academic Standards

When a student receives a grade below 3.0 in more than two 400–level or higher courses taken for graduate credit at Michigan State University, the student is automatically withdrawn from the program. A graduate student who has been withdrawn under this regulation is required to wait a minimum of one calendar year from the date of the withdrawal before being eligible to apply for readmission to a graduate program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The student may be readmitted, contingent upon repeating one of the three courses in which a grade below a 3.0 was earned, and earning a 3.0 or better grade in the course. The course to be repeated may be specified by the department. Following readmission, any additional grade below 3.0 in any course numbered 400 or higher will result in permanent dismissal. Courses below the 400 level may also be included under this regulation at the discretion of the individual academic unit. While permission may be granted by the student's academic unit chairperson and the associate dean of the College to repeat a course in which a grade of less than 3.0 has been earned, subsequently earning a grade of 3.0 or higher does not eliminate the first earned grade in the course as one of the two allowed under this regulation.

The student must also have at least a 3.00 average in all courses taken for graduate credit.

 


Doctor of Philosophy

For students taking the Doctor of Philosophy program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, there are three options—Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Communication, and Information and Media. The Information and Media Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Media and Information. Further information regarding doctoral study in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences may be obtained from the College office or from the five academic unit offices.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

For admission to regular status, at least a 3.00 undergraduate and graduate grade–point average normally is required. The student's undergraduate and graduate records must have been established at institutions of high caliber. In some cases a student with an average less than 3.00, but not less than 2.50, may be admitted for one semester on provisional status.

Requirements for the Degree

The total number of course credits in the program and the areas to be covered in the comprehensive examination will be determined by each individual student's guidance committee.

Academic Standards

When a student receives a grade below 3.0 in more than two 400–level or higher courses taken for graduate credit at Michigan State University, or does not have a 3.00 average when 15 credits have been earned, the student is automatically withdrawn from the program. A graduate student who has been withdrawn under this regulation is required to wait a minimum of one calendar year from the date of the withdrawal before being eligible to apply for readmission to a graduate program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The student may be readmitted, contingent upon repeating one of the three courses in which a grade below 3.0 was earned, and earning a 3.0 or better grade in the course. The course to be repeated may be specified by the department. Following readmission, any additional grade below 3.0 in any course numbered 400 or higher will result in permanent dismissal. Courses below the 400 level may also be included under this regulation at the discretion of the individual academic unit. While permission may be granted by the student's academic unit chairperson and the assistant dean of the College to repeat a course in which a grade of less than 3.0 has been earned, subsequently earning a grade of 3.0 or higher does not eliminate the first earned grade in the course as one of the two allowed under this regulation.

The student must have at least a 3.00 average in all courses taken for graduate credit in order to qualify for comprehensive examinations and to undertake the dissertation.


Health and Risk Communication - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Health and Risk Communication is an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the College of Human Medicine. The program prepares students to harness the power of communication principles and risk communication strategies to promote positive public health outcomes. The program is designed to help students to gain a broad understanding of health and risk communication theory and principles; to gain practice in creating effective health and risk communication programs and interventions; and to learn how to design, use, and critique relevant research. Graduates may pursue careers with government agencies, hospitals, HMOs, insurance companies, nonprofits, the medical trade press, and other health service-related organizations.

Individualized programs of study can be tailored to accommodate a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. Previously enrolled students have undergraduate degrees in biology, anthropology, communication, public relations, kinesiology, dietetics, pre-medicine, and English as well as other fields.  In addition to completing core courses in health communication, research methods, epidemiology, and a health or risk-related internship with a local, state, national, or international organization, students may choose electives from a broad range of health-related courses offered throughout the university.  Students may select courses that are related to broad areas within health communication such as health communication theory and principles, risk communication, health marketing, designing health and risk messages, policy, sociology of health, science writing, media relations, and other communication-focused areas.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in health and risk communication, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an approved institution and a grade-point average of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study. Students must submit:
  1. an academic statement of purpose outlining academic and professional goals.
  2. a personal statement including background and life experiences, social, economic, cultural, familial, education or other challenge or opportunities that motivated the decision to pursue graduate study.
  3. two letters of reference from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional work.
  4. the Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.
  5. for international applicants only, the Test of English Language Fluency (TOEFL).
  6. one transcript from each college and university attended.
Application materials should be received by April 1.

For additional information please visit our Web site at https://comartsci.msu.edu/academics/academic-departments/masters-health-risk-communication.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Health and Risk Communication

The program is available only under Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis), and a total of 33 credits is required for the degree.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B
1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
CAS 825 Mass Communication and Public Health 3
CAS 826 Health Communication for Diverse Populations 3
EPI 810 Introductory Epidemiology 3
2. The following course (3 credits):
COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ADV 860 Media Relations 3
JRN 873 Environment, Science and Health Journalism Seminar 3
4. The following course (3 credits):
COM 893 Practicum 3
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. The following courses (7 credits):
CAS 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
COM 830 Applied Communication Research II 3
2. Electives (8 credits). Additional credits in courses related to health communication that have been approved by the student’s academic advisor.
3. Pass a thesis examination defense during the final semester.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Electives (15 credits). Additional credits in courses related to health communication that have been approved by the student’s academic advisor.
2. Pass a written comprehensive examination during the final semester.


Strategic Communication - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication is designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the rapidly changing media and technology environment. Students will learn to create and manage digital communication in organizational contexts by mastering skills in research, ethics, branding, content design, analytics and leadership. Graduates of this program have gone on to successful careers in private sector organizations as well as the public sector. Through a combination of mentoring from instructors and learning from peers, this program is designed to serve as a career accelerator.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applications for admission to the program are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of a high probability of success. Such indications include a high level of academic performance, experience with educational technology, and consistency of professional goals with the objectives of the program.

To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must:

  1. have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited educational institution.
  2. submit both departmental and university application forms.
  3. present evidence of competency in English through TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores if English is not the first language.
  4. submit three of letters of recommendation.
  5. submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  6. submit a resume.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Communication

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis), and a minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. The student must meet the requirements specified below.
1. All of the following core courses (15 credits):
CAS 828 Persuasion Techniques for Working Professionals 3
CAS 829 Evaluation Techniques for Working Professionals 3
CAS 832 Strategic Message Development 3
CAS 842 Professional Communication Ethics 3
CAS 844 Capstone/Practicum 3
2. Complete 15 credits from the following courses:
CAS 827 Digital Media Strategies 3
CAS 831 Digital Content Creation, Curation and Promotion 3
CAS 833 Crisis Communication 3
CAS 835 Branding and Image Communication 3
CAS 837 Catalyst Thinking in the C-Suite 3
CAS 838 Organizational Communication for Leaders and Entrepreneurs 3
CAS 839 Media Analytics for Communication Professionals 3
CAS 840 Audience Analytics 3
CAS 841 Social Media Storytelling 3
Other courses may be considered with approval by the student's academic advisor.
3. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.


 

Digital Media - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Media is designed for working professionals seeking to expand and enhance their knowledge and skills in content creation, curation, branding communication and media strategies. The certificate program exposes students to the state of the art technology, application and communication theories. The graduate certificate is available only online.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Media

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:

CAS 827 Digital Media Strategies 3
CAS 831 Digital Content Creation, Curation and Promotion 3
CAS 835 Branding and Image Communication 3


 

Media Analytics - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Media Analytics introduces basic concepts, processes and uses of media analytics. It explores the rise and characteristics of big data, data acquisition about audiences, media consumption, and response to advertising. The course work covers statistical concepts related to media analytics, including an understanding of probability based sampling, censuses, and random assignment. The certificate also provides students with strategies and tactics for turning data into plain language, to inform advertising, public relations, and business decisions. It further explores the process of translating data into advertising and public relations messages, using data to compellingly and clearly report the results of advertising and public relations activities. The graduate certificate is available only online.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Media Analytics, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Media Analytics

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:

CAS 839 Media Analytics for Communication Professionals 3
CAS 840 Audience Analytics 3
CAS 841 Social Media Storytelling 3


 

Graduate Specialization in Media and Information Studies

The Graduate Specialization in Media and Information Studies, which is administered by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies leading to a teaching or professional research career in the fields of advertising, journalism, public relations or telecommunication, information studies and media.

The graduate specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the graduate specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the graduate specialization should consult the graduate advisor for the specialization in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Students will apply to the specialization in writing and provide a plan of study form prior to admission to the specialization.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Media and Information Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following:
               
1. The following course (3 credits):
ADV 975 Quantitative Research Design 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CAS 992 Doctoral Seminar 3
JRN 921 Media Theory 3
TC 960 Media and Technology 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
JRN 916 Qualitative Research Methods 3
TC 985 Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Media 3
4. An independent study research project in consultation with the student's academic advisor. 3 to 6
A grade of 3.0 must be obtained in each course to complete the specialization.

Organizational Communication for Leadership - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication for Leadership assists students in expanding their knowledge and skill sets as they relate communication change efforts, managing conflict, facilitating effective employee evaluations, motivating employees, and socializing new hires for integration into productive work teams. The graduate certificate is available only online.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication for Leadership, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communication for Leadership

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:

CAS 833 Crisis Communication 3
CAS 837 Catalyst Thinking in the C-Suite 3
CAS 838 Organizational Communication for Leaders and Entrepreneurs 3


 

Information and Media - Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

The interdepartmental, interdisciplinary doctoral program in Information and Media immerses students in advanced graduate training in the field of information and media. Taught by a faculty with backgrounds in advertising and public relations, communication, computer science, economics, human computer interaction, journalism, management, neuroscience, political science, psychology, science and technology studies, sociology, and design, it seeks to empower the next generation of scholars and teachers to pursue innovative and original research.

The program is administered by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences through the program’s Executive Committee and the Director of the Ph.D. Program. Faculty of the three participating academic units, the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Media and Information, participate in the governance of the program.

Academic standards for admission and retention, degree requirements, residence, transfer credit and time limit requirements are in accordance with the regulations of the university and of the college.

In addition to the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Students are admitted to begin fall semester. Exceptional candidates may be admitted without a master's degree.  Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test are required.  Applicants with professional media experience may be given special consideration.  All application materials are due in the program office by December 1st.  Late applications may be considered. Complete details concerning application may be obtained from the program office in the college or the Web site at https://comartsci.msu.edu/information-media-phd.

Guidance Committee

At least two of the three participating departments must be represented on the student's guidance committee.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Information and Media

The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Core Courses. Complete all of the following (12 credits):
CAS 921 Theories of Media and Information 3
CAS 975 Introductory Methods 3
CAS 991 Ways of Knowing 3
Introduction to Statistics course at the 800-900 level approved by the academic advisor 3
2. Advanced Methods or Statistics. (12 credits):
Complete 3 credits in a specialized quantitative methods course, 3 credits in a specialized qualitative methods course, and 6 credits in an advanced methods or statistics course at the 800-900 level approved by the student’s academic advisor.
3. Advanced Theory. (3 credits).
Complete 3 credits of advanced theory as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4. Concentration. (15 credits)
Complete 15 credits in an area of concentration selected in consultation with the guidance committee.
5. Professionalization Requirement
Each semester before the comprehensive examination, students must attend a minimum number of preapproved events intended to provide specific training or opportunities for professionalization, as specified in the program handbook.
6. Completion of a second year project.
7. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination.
8. Complete 24 credits of CAS 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
9. Prepare and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.


Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Teresa Mastin, Chairperson

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations links the fields of communication and commerce. The focus on global and research-based practices in these industries is unique to Michigan State University. It is the mission of the department to provide leadership to the respective industries through world-class programs that emphasize the importance of research, outreach and teaching excellence. Graduates of these department programs will be prepared to plan, implement and evaluate related strategies. Students will be well-versed in theories from the social sciences, particularly in economics and business, so that they are able to analyze, diagnose and solve managerial and creative problems. In addition, the undergraduate programs in the department provide the foundation for the Master of Arts degree programs in Advertising and in Public Relations, and for a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

 


Undergraduate Program

While all those in the advertising field share a common orientation and a core knowledge base, within the industry there are a wide number of roles requiring specialized knowledge. These specialties can roughly be divided into the artistic functions known within the field as advertising creative and the strategic/managerial functions. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and two advertising degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising Creative and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising Management. The advertising degrees share a similar core, but allow students to choose the degree that best fits their own professional aspirations. In addition, a Minor in Advertising Analytics and a Minor in Public Relations are available.


Advertising Creative

The undergraduate advertising creative program prepares students to work in advertising and related industries, as art directors, designers and/or copywriters.  Promotional communication businesses, like advertising, demand a variety of skilled employees, including those who develop the messaging strategy, those who study the intended audience for the message, those who decide the best channel of communication to reach that audience, and those who actually compose the look, the wording and, if appropriate, the sounds of the message.  The advertising creative program is focused on those who actually create the advertisement.

Students receive a broad liberal arts background, as well as a strong overview of the advertising process that provides them with an understanding of the strategy, research, and other functions necessary to effective advertising.  However, greater depth of training is dedicated to helping students develop advertising art direction, design and copywriting skills.  Over the course of the program, students develop a portfolio of their work, to help them in seeking employment upon graduation.  These skills enable students to find work not only in advertising, but also in the fields of direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, app and web design, electronic commerce, and more.

Internships and other cooperative educational opportunities are encouraged in the program.  Co-curricular activities include multiple student clubs, as well as national student competitions. Study abroad programs provide ways for students to gain experience that enhance and reach outside of the classroom, further advancing their employment opportunities.

Admission

Enrollment in the advertising creative program is limited. In addition to the university and college requirements, students must complete Advertising 205, and Psychology 101 with a combined minimum grade–point average of 2.00.

Admission to a Second Bachelor's Degree Program  or an Additional Major

The ability of the advertising creative program to accommodate students seeking admission to a second bachelor's degree program or an additional major is limited. At a minimum, these students must meet the same requirements as for admission to the advertising creative major.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts  Degree in Advertising Creative

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Advertising major is met by completing Advertising 486.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following core courses (20 credits):
    ADV 205 Principles of Advertising 3
    ADV 210 Concept Development 1
    ADV 245 Multimedia Commercial Production 3
    ADV 330 Advertising Management 3
    ADV 342 Account Planning and Research 3
    ADV 450 Portfolio Presentation 1
    ADV 475 Advertising and Society 3
    ADV 486 Integrated Campaigns (W) 3
    The completion of Advertising 486 satisfies the capstone/synthesis requirement for the advertising creative major.
    b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
    CAS 110 Creative Thinking 3
    CAS 112 Story, Sound and Motion 3
    c. Two of the following courses (2 credits):
    CAS 203 Design in Media Settings 1
    CAS 204 Web Design in Media Settings 1
    CAS 205 Photography in Media Settings 1
    CAS 206 Graphics and Illustration in Media Settings 1
    d. One of the following concentrations (15 or 16 credits):
    Art Direction (15 credits)
    ADV 222 Introduction to Copywriting 3
    or
    ADV 225 Writing for Public Relations 3
    ADV 224 Introduction to Creative Media 3
    ADV 326 Advanced Creative: Media I 3
    ADV 354 Interactive Advertising Design 3
    ADV 428 Advanced Creative: Media II 3
    Copywriting (15 to 16 credits)
    ADV 222 Introduction to Copywriting 3
    ADV 225 Writing for Public Relations 3
    ADV 322 360-degree Copywriting 3
    ADV 422 Advanced Copywriting: Creating Experiences 3
    Additional writing class from a list of approved courses as approved by the advisor 3 or 4
    e. Both of the following courses (7 credits):
    MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4


Advertising Management

The Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Management provides the educational background necessary for students aspiring to become account managers, account planners, media planners, media researchers or a variety of other more managerial-oriented positions. The program focuses on developing students' strategic thinking, creative problem solving, along with more research-oriented and analytical skills. Internships and other cooperative educational opportunities are encouraged to broaden learning and practical experience in the major. Students may also choose to pursue departmental minors in Advertising Analytics or Public Relations and a number of other minors including: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sales Leadership, or Sports Business Management, which are particularly relevant for Advertising Management majors.

Co-curricular activities include multiple student advertising and public relations clubs, as well as national student competitions. Study abroad programs provide ways for students to gain experience that enhance and reach outside of the classroom, further advancing their employment opportunities upon graduation.

Admission

Enrollment in the Advertising Management program is limited.  In addition to the university and college requirements, students must complete Advertising 205 and Psychology 101 with a combined minimum grade–point average of 2.00.

Admission to a Second Bachelor's Degree Program or an Additional Major

The ability of the Advertising Management program to accommodate students seeking admission to a second bachelor's degree program or an additional major is limited. At a minimum, these students must meet the same requirements for admission to the Advertising Management major.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising Management

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Management.  The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Advertising Management major is met by completing Advertising 486. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following core courses (31 credits):
    ADV 205 Principles of Advertising 3
    ADV 225 Writing for Public Relations 3
    ADV 330 Advertising Management Strategy 3
    ADV 342 Account Planning and Research 3
    ADV 350 Advertising Media Planning and Strategy 3
    ADV 375 Consumer Behavior 3
    ADV 413 Issues in Contemporary Advertising 1
    ADV 442 Digital Analytics 3
    ADV 475 Advertising and Society 3
    ADV 486 Integrated Campaigns (W) 3
    CAS 110 Creative Thinking 3
    The completion of Advertising 486 satisfies the  capstone/synthesis requirement for the Advertising Management major.
    b. Complete 6 credits from the following courses in consultation with an advisor. Students are encouraged to choose a minor that adds depth to their major while selecting courses that will count towards the minor.
    ADV 334 International Advertising 3
    ADV 352 Media Sales 3
    ADV 360 Advanced Sales Communication 3
    ADV 386 Campaign Competition 3
    ADV 402 Public Relations Topics in Advertising 1 to 3
    ADV 420 New Media Driver's License 3
    ADV 430 Social Marketing: Strategy and Practice 3
    ADV 431 Monitoring and Measuring Social Media of Brands 3
    ADV 432 Digital Media Planning and Buying 3
    ADV 433 Internet Video Promotion Strategy 3
    ADV 436 Promotions and Sponsorships 3
    ADV 445 Programmatic Media and Buying 3
    ADV 456 Interactive Advertising Management Strategy 3
    ADV 481 Retail Strategy Analysis 3
    ADV 492 Special Topics in Advertising 1 to 3
    ADV 490 Independent Study 1 to 3
    or
    ADV 493 Advertising and Public Relations Internship 1 to 3
    or
    ADV 494 Practicum in Research/Creative Works and Instruction 1 to 3
    CAS 114 Creativity and Innovation Entrepreneurship 3
    COM 402 Public Relations Topics in Communication 1 to 3
    ESHP 190 The Art of Starting 3
    JRN 402 Public Relations Topics in Journalism 1 to 3
    MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
    PR 260 Principles of Public Relations 3
    PR 325 Intermediate Social Media and Public Relations Techniques 3
    PR 425 Public Relations Strategy and Ethics in a Digital World 3
    A maximum of 3 credits in ADV 490 or 493 or 494 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
    c. All of the following courses (10 credits):      
    ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
    or
    ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
    MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4

 

Public Relations

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations provides the educational and experiential background necessary for students aspiring to become public relations specialists, public relations account managers, media relations specialists, social media managers, content managers, event coordinators and more. The program focuses on developing strategic planning skills, applied skills in writing and content creation, and critical thinking, along with research-oriented and analytical skills.

Internships and other cooperative educational opportunities are required in the program. Students may also choose to pursue related minors in Advertising Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sales Leadership, or Sports Business Management.

Co-curricular activities include public relations and advertising associations and clubs, national student competitions, and experiential learning. Study abroad programs provide ways for students to gain experience that enhance and reach outside of the classroom. Participation in these opportunities further advance student employment opportunities upon graduation.

The major is designed to provide an understanding of the role of public relations in contemporary society, along with knowledge and experience in developing public relations materials for use in corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizational settings. Program curriculum focuses on public relations research methods; writing for traditional and social media; public relations techniques; public relations strategies; portfolio development; public relations campaign planning; diversity, equity and inclusion in public relations; and public relations ethics.

Admission

Enrollment in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations is limited and competitive.

To be considered for admission to the major, a student must:

  1. Have completed 28 credits.
  2. Have earned a combined minimum grade-point average of at least 3.0 in Mathematics 101 or 102 or Statistics 200; Public Relations 260; and Public Relations 225.
  3. Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.
Students wishing to major in public relations must make a request to the Public Relations Program Director or delegate when they are eligible and ready to be considered. Incoming students who declare the major in public relations are automatically reviewed at the end of every semester and are either admitted or informed of their progress. Students who are not admitted will be eligible to reapply after correcting whatever deficiency is noted in their first application. Students may only reapply once. If the second application is deficient, no further applications will be considered.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Public Relations major is met by completing Public Relations 485.  That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 101 Quantitative Literacy I 3
    MTH 102 Quantitative Literacy II 3
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
    PR 225 Writing for Public Relations 3
    PR 260 Principles of Public Relations 3
    c. All of the following courses (24 credits):
    PR 300 Public Relations Theory and Ethics 3
    PR 305 Methods of Public Relations Inquiry 3
    PR 310 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Public Relations and Advertising 3
    PR 320 Public Relations Storytelling for Digital, Video and Print 3
    PR 325 Intermediate Social Media and Public Relations Techniques 3
    PR 335 Advanced Social Media and Public Relations Techniques 3
    PR 425 Public Relations Strategy and Ethics In a Digital World 3
    PR 485 Integrated Public Relations Campaigns (W) 3
    d. Cognate (15 credits):
    The cognate consists of a set of courses that can be selected from one of the following thematic areas: business, fine arts, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, or an approved university minor administered outside of Public Relations. At least 6 credits must be at the 300-400 level. A list of departments or courses that count in each of the thematic areas is available in the CCAS Academic and Student Affairs Office.
    e. Public Relations Field Experience
    Each student must complete 250 hours of professional public relations internship or research experience under faculty supervision. Hours may be accumulated through public relations internships, public relations research or a combination. Experiences must have the prior approval of the Public Relations Internship Coordinator and require a concluding report from the employer and the student, and may be taken as an elective class. Internships taken for credit cannot be counted toward the Cognate described in 2.d.

 

Minor in Advertising Analytics

The Minor in Advertising Analytics, which is administered by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, is designed to enable students who are true problem-solvers to exercise their intellectual curiosity to find insights and answers in databases and real-time streaming data. In today’s industry, those who not only understand, but also can strategically activate data will have opportunities to advance more quickly as an advertising account executive, media planner, media sales representative, public relations specialist and more, moving into specialized roles as programmatic advertising specialists or digital advertising analysts.

The minor is available to students who are enrolled in the Advertising Management major at Michigan State University. Limited enrollment may be made available to other majors upon request. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

To be considered for admission, a student must have been formally admitted to the Advertising Management major. Admission to the minor is competitive. Students must be enrolled in or have completed Advertising 350 (Advertising Media Planning and Strategy) and have demonstrated mastery of course content by providing their midterm or final grade in the course. Other admission criteria include overall grade-point average, work experience, and a statement of interest. Each student’s application package will be rank ordered. Students may be admitted provisionally contingent on their performance in Advertising 350.

Students who plan to apply to the program should complete an application after the midterm in Advertising 350 and submit it to the Director of the Advertising Analytics Minor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

Requirements for the Minor in Advertising Analytics

Complete 18 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (12 credits):
ADV 442 Digital Analytics 3
ADV 445 Programmatic Media and Buying 3
ADV 456 Interactive Advertising Management Strategy 3
MI 250 Introduction to Applied Programming 3
2. Complete 6 credits from the following courses:
ADV 420 New Media Driver’s License 3
ADV 431 Monitoring and Measuring Social Media of Brands 3
ADV 432 Digital Media Planning and Buying 3
ADV 433 Internet Video Promotion Strategy 3
MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users 3
MI 320 Reasoning with Data 3


 

Minor in Public Relations

The Minor in Public Relations is available to students majoring in Advertising, Communication, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Journalism, James Madison, Business and Professional Writing. Limited enrollment may be made available to other majors.  With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

The minor is designed to provide an understanding of the role of public relations in contemporary society, along with knowledge and experience in developing public relations materials for use in corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizational settings. Areas of focus include public relations and society, writing for traditional media and social media, public relations techniques, research methods, public relations campaigns and cases, public relations strategies, portfolio development, and public relations ethics.

Students are eligible to apply for the minor if they: 

  1. are of sophomore standing or higher;
  2.  have an overall grade-point average of 3.0; 
  3.  have successfully completed Public Relations 260;
  4.  have successfully completed Public Relations 225 or Journalism 200.

To apply, students must submit an application stating their interest in the minor. Applications are due by the tenth week of the semester. If the number of applicants meeting the basic qualifications exceeds the number of spaces available, selection will include evaluation of an interest statement and academic performance in prerequisite classes. Students will be notified of the decision after the completion of the semester.

Requirements for the Minor in Public Relations

The students must complete the following (14 to 20 credits):
1. All of the following courses (9 or 10 credits):
COM 300 Methods of Communication Inquiry 4
PR 325 Intermediate Social Media and Public Relations Techniques 3
PR 425 Public Relations Strategy in a Digital World 3
Students majoring in Journalism should take Statistics and Probability 200 (3 credits) in place of Communication 300.
2. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ADV 486 Integrated Campaigns (W) 3
COM 475 Communication Campaign Design and Analysis (W) 4
3. Complete 2 to 6 credits from the following:
ADV 402 Public Relations Topics in Advertising 1
COM 402 Public Relations Topics in Communication 1
JRN 402 Public Relations Topics in Journalism 1


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising Creative
Master of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Creative majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as an Advertising Creative undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, is applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising Management
Master of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations


The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Management majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as an Advertising Management undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, is applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.

 


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Health and Risk Communication

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising Creative
Master of Arts Degree in Health and Risk Communication

The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Creative majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as a Advertising Creative undergraduate.  The number of students admitted to this linked program will be limited by availability. Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, Graduate Record Examination scores, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations or Health and Risk Communication faculty, a resume, and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  It is recommended that students complete a special topic in the area of health and risk communication through COM 399 Special Topics. Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, are applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Health and Risk Communication

Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising Management
Master of Arts Degree in Health and Risk Communication


The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Management majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as an Advertising Management undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, Graduate Record Examination scores, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, is applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.

 


Linked Bachelors-Master's Degree in Public Relations (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2020 through Spring 2023)

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising Creative
Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations

The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Creative majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as an Advertising Creative undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, Graduate Record Examination scores, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, is applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.


Linked Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Public Relations (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2020 through Spring 2023)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising Management
Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations


The department welcomes applications from Michigan State University undergraduate Advertising Management majors with at least 86 credits.  Admission applications must be made prior to the final semester as an Advertising Management undergraduate.  Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50, a statement of goals for the master’s degree, Graduate Record Examination scores, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and an approved program of study for the master’s degree at the time of admission.  Admission to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above course work taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external accredited institution.  The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, is applied toward the credit requirement of the master’s degree.  No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree.  Credit obtained from 400-level pass-fail courses and internships will not count toward the degree.  Credits applied to the Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s Program are not eligible to be applied to any other graduate degree program.


 


Graduate Study

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations offers professional graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations, and participates in the doctoral program in Information and Media Studies.

Academic standards for admission and retention; degree requirements; residence; transfer credit and time limit requirements are in accordance with the regulations of the university and the college.


Advertising and Public Relations - Master of Arts

The department offers two programs leading to the Master of Arts degree: one in advertising and public relations, and one in public relations. The Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations is currently in moratorium. Both programs provide an intensive professional preparation for careers in these fields. Course work focuses on the general principles and practices underlying all advertising and public relations activities, as well as specialized areas of social media, management, media planning, consumer behavior, social marketing, or research.

The department offers a Master’s of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations. The program provides intensive professional preparation for careers in these fields. The flexible curriculum allows students to design a custom program to meet their career goals or to focus on one of four rapidly growing areas of Advertising and Public Relations: digital and social media; health, science, and the environment; social impact; or research for advertising and public relations.

The master's degree program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  Early in their studies, students work with their advisor to decide which plan best fits their personal and professional goals. The student's master's degree program must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission to departmental programs is determined by an evaluation of information regarding the applicant's academic record, goals and motivation, experience, personal references, and other items submitted as indicators of intellectual, creative, and administrative capabilities. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is also required. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required, but scores on this test may be submitted.

To be admitted to either the Master of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations, the applicant must submit:

  1. a Graduate School application.
  2. an official copy of all transcripts.
  3. three letters of recommendation.
  4. a statement of purpose outlining academic and professional goals.
  5. a personal background statement.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.
  7. a resume. 

Although evidence other than grades influences the admission decision, the Department uses the following guidelines: students whose grade–point averages for the third and fourth years of undergraduate study are 3.25 or better may be admitted to regular status; students whose grade–point averages are 3.00 to 3.24 may be admitted to provisional status; and students whose grade--point averages are below 3.00 are rarely admitted.

A background in advertising and/or public relations, either from experience or from undergraduate study, is necessary before students can begin graduate study. Students without adequate background will be required to remedy significant deficiencies through collateral course work or individual study.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in  Advertising and Public Relations

At least 30 credits are required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B (15 credits):
1. All of the following courses:
ADV 800 Advertising and Public Relations Theory 3
ADV 815 Ethical Practice in Advertising and Public Relations 3
ADV 825 Advertising and Public Relations Strategies 3
ADV 835 Multimedia Content Creation for Advertising and Public Relations 3
COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
Additional Requirements for Plan A (15 credits):
1. The following course (3 to 8 credits):
ADV 899 Master's Thesis Research 3 to 8
2. Additional elective course work at the 400-level or above to meet the 30 credits required for the degree. The course work must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Not more than 6 credits in ADV 890 and ADV 893 combined may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Not more than 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
3. Completion of a master's thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B (15 credits):
1. Additional elective course work at the 400-level or above to meet the 30 credits required for the degree. The course work must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Not more than 6 credits in ADV 890 and ADV 893 combined may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Not more than 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
2. The final certifying experience is a poster presentation during the semester of graduation.


Public Relations - Master of Arts (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2020 through Spring 2023)

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations

At least 30 credits are required for the master's degree in public relations under either Plan A or Plan B.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B (15 credits):
1. All of the following courses:
ADV 850 Public Relations Management 3
ADV 855 Public Relations Theories 3
ADV 860 Media Relations 3
COM 803 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 3
MKT 805 Marketing Management 3
Additional Requirements for Plan A (15 credits):
1. The following course (4 to 6):
ADV 899 Master's Thesis Research 4 to 8
2. Additional credits from the courses listed below, or in other courses, as approved by the student's academic advisor (7 to 11 credits):
ADV 823 Consumer Behavior Theories 3
ADV 830 Seminar in Social Marketing 3
ADV 836 Media Innovations 3
ADV 843 Strategic Brand Communication 3
ADV 846 Media Strategy 3
ADV 865 Advertising and Society 3
ADV 890 Independent Study 1 to 6
ADV 892 Special Topics 3 to 9
ADV 893 Internship 1 to 3
Not more than 6 credits in ADV 890 and ADV 893 combined may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Public Relations.
Additional Requirements for Plan B (15 credits):
1. Fifteen additional credits, from the courses listed below, or other courses, as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
ADV 823 Consumer Behavior Theories 3
ADV 830 Seminar in Social Marketing 3
ADV 836 Media Innovations 3
ADV 843 Strategic Brand Communication 3
ADV 846 Media Strategy 3
ADV 865 Advertising and Society 3
ADV 890 Independent Study 1 to 6
ADV 892 Special Topics 3 to 9
ADV 893 Internship 1 to 3
Not more than 6 credits in ADV 890 and ADV 893 combined may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Public Relations.
The final certifying experience is a poster presentation during the semester of graduation.


Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Dimitar Deliyski, Chairperson


The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) brings together national and international leaders who work in state-of-the-art laboratories to advance knowledge and transform lives of people with communication disorders. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor, a master’s degree, and a doctoral degree.

 

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers a Bachelor of Science degree that prepares students for a number of opportunities. These include graduate studies to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, doctoral studies in CSD, graduate studies in other fields, and careers in education, healthcare, or other settings where communication skills, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a strong scientific background are desired.
 


Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders trains students in the understanding of both normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. The major is designed to equip students with knowledge and emerging skills for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Primary areas of emphasis are placed on critical thinking and understanding of scientific inquiry as it relates to communication disorders. Students in the major will also learn and practice oral and written communication skills, develop as a reflective learner, and demonstrate growth in professional communication skills. An additional area of emphasis for student learning is understanding issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and ethical practice within the field of communicative sciences and disorders. Collaboration, teamwork, and interprofessional knowledge and skill development are critical areas of focus for students in the major to prepare them to effectively contribute to the profession of communicative sciences and disorders and to society at large. Majors will commonly pursue graduate degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology. The knowledge and skills acquired in the major can also serve as preparation for other graduate degree programs or for careers in educational, healthcare, and business settings that value scientific training, strong communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders major is met by completing Communicative Sciences and Disorders 470 and 472.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher in CSD 203, 213, 232, 303, 313,  and 333 (36 credits):
    CSD 203 Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders 3
    CSD 213 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 3
    CSD 232 Descriptive Phonetics 3
    CSD 303 Fundamentals of Hearing and Audiometry 3
    CSD 313 Speech Science 3
    CSD 333 Language Development 3
    CSD 364 Evaluation Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology 3
    CSD 391 Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders 3
    CSD 444 Clinical Procedures in Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation 3
    CSD 463 Intervention Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology 3
    CSD 470 Introduction to Developmental Communicative Disorders (W) 3
    CSD 472 Introduction to Acquired Communicative Disorders (W) 3
    The completion of CSD 470 and 472 satisfies the capstone/synthesis requirement for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders major.
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PSY 295 Data Analysis in Psychological Research 3
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ISB 202 Applications of Environmental and Organismal Biology 3
    ISB 204 Applications of Biomedical Sciences 3
    e. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ISP 209 The Mystery of the Physical World 3
    ISP 215 The Science of Sound 3
    ISP 220 Quarks, Spacetime, and the Big Bang 3
    f. One of the following courses (2 credits):
    ISB 208L Applications in Biological Science Laboratory 2
    ISP 209L The Mystery of the Physical World Laboratory 2
    g. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
    LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
    LIN 450 Child Language Acquisition 3
    h. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    HDFS 211 Child Growth and Development 3
    HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family 3
    PSY 238 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan 3
    PSY 244 Developmental Psychology: Infancy  Through  3
    i. A minimum of 3 credits from the following courses:
    COM 310 Intercultural Communication 3
    COM 320 Diversity and Communication 3
    CSD 419 International Aspects of Communicative Disorders 1 to 6
    LIN 225 Language and Gender 3
    LIN 471 Sociolinguistics 3
    j. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    LIN 455 Neurolinguistics 3
    LIN 463 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3
    PSY 209 Brain and Behavior 3
    PSY 301 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
    k. Electives:
    Additional credits in CSD courses can be taken as electives. Topics in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD 491) are encouraged to increase breadth and depth of training in communicative sciences and disorders. Only credits in courses graded on the numerical or Pass-No Grade system may be counted toward the requirements for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders major. Communicative Sciences and Disorders students may not enroll in courses required for the major, including courses in other departments, on a Credit-No Credit basis.

 

Minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders assists students in acquiring understanding of both normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing; and knowledge and skills regarding the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Completion of the minor provides most of the required coursework needed for admission to graduate study in communicative sciences and disorders. Students interested in taking the minor who intend to pursue graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist should consult with an undergraduate advisor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences to learn about the recommended set of courses that most graduate programs require.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the department.

Requirements for the Minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Students must complete 21 credits from the following:

CSD 213 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 3
CSD 303 Fundamentals of Hearing 3
CSD 313 Speech Science 3
CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
CSD 364 Speech and Language Disorders and their Evaluation 3
CSD 444 Audiologic Assessment and Intervention/Rehabilitation 3
CSD 463 Intervention/Rehabilitation Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology 3

Graduate Study

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers two graduate degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the terminal degree in the areas of speech-language pathology and speech and hearing sciences. The program emphasizes research focused on advancing our knowledge about speech, language and hearing processes, including assessment and rehabilitation of communication disorders. The program, which is tailored to match each student’s interests, requires students to complete advanced course work in several content areas and conduct research that culminates in a doctoral dissertation. Students work with a primary mentor and gain experience with research through multiple research laboratories and other educational and scientific resources. Students work collaboratively with experts in other disciplines such as neurology, radiology, cognitive sciences, linguistics, psychology, education, communication, media and information studies, medicine and other health sciences, and engineering. Students completing the Ph.D. degree generally seek employment as researchers and educators in research-intensive academic institutions.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) is the entry-level degree for professional practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the United States. This program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This program consists of academic course work and clinical education sufficient in the breadth and depth of clinical practice, including those related to: speech sound production, fluency and fluency disorders, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language, hearing and its impact on speech and language, swallowing and feeding, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication, augmentative and alternative communication, as well as professional competencies. The program is structured to emphasize integrated reasoning for evidence-based practice, cultural understanding, leadership and effective communication, as well as professional engagement and outreach. Clinical competencies are established through supervised clinical training in a wide range of patient care facilities including educational (schools), acute care (e.g. hospitals), long-term care facilities (e.g. nursing homes), etc. Students are expected to accrue a minimum of 400 hours of clinical training before completing this program. Students completing the M.A. degree typically seek employment as a speech-language pathologist.

Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders may elect an Interdepartmental Specialization in Cognitive Science.  For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Cognitive Science in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.  For additional information, contact the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders may elect a Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood.  For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.  For additional information, contact the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.


Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Master of Arts

The master’s degree program in speech-language pathology provides academic and practicum experiences for students preparing for professional careers as speech-language pathologists in settings such as schools, clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation programs. The master’s degree program also provides the basis for further study for students who wish to pursue more advanced degrees.  The master’s degree program in speech-language pathology has been accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  The master’s degree program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).

Numerous clinical off-campus facilities provide opportunities for students to gain extensive and varied practicum experiences in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission to regular status in the Master of Arts program is contingent upon a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university, an academic grade–point average of 3.0 or better in the last two years of undergraduate study, and approval by the department. Three letters of reference (submitted on forms supplied by the department) attesting to the student's potential for graduate study are required. As part of the admission process, students must also submit a statement of purpose clearly specifying why they wish to earn a master's degree.

Students who hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than communicative sciences and disorders may be accepted in the program and may be required to complete course work in communicative sciences and disorders or other areas to meet American Speech-Language Hearing Association  standards required for certification. This may require an additional one or two semesters of course work.

The deadline for the receipt of all application material is January 15th. Students are admitted only in fall semester.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

At least 51 credits are required for the master's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders under either Plan A or Plan B.

Speech-Language Pathology (51 credits)
Requirements for both Plan A and Plan B (45 credits):
1. All of the following courses (45 credits):
CSD 803 Research Methods in Communicative Sciences and Disorders 3
CSD 813 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing 3
CSD 815 Acquired Language Disorders 3
CSD 824 Developmental Language Disorders 3
CSD 825 Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders 3
CSD 830 Fluency Disorders 3
CSD 840 Voice Disorders 3
CSD 855 Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia 3
CSD 860 Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 865 Motor Speech Disorders 3
CSD 880 Clinical Proseminar in Communicative Sciences and Disorders 3
CSD 883 Clinical Practicum in Speech—Language Pathology 12
2. In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the department chairperson, a program of study may be designed with reduced emphasis on clinical education and increased emphasis on other academic areas, which would be reflected in the content of the master's degree final examination or thesis requirements.
Additional Requirements for Plan A (6 credits):
1. The following courses:
CSD 890 Independent Study 2
CSD 899 Master's Thesis Research 4
2. Successful completion of an oral thesis defense.
Additional Requirements for Plan B (6 credits):
1. Six additional credits in courses approved by the student's academic advisor.
2. Successful completion of a departmental final examination.


Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers doctoral programs directed toward advanced study of human communication sciences and disorders.  Doctoral programs of study are designed to meet the individual needs of students preparing for careers in research and education.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission to the doctoral program in communicative sciences and disorders requires a minimum of a master's degree or the equivalent that focused on human communication sciences and disorders; evidence of high academic achievement; a minimum of three letters of recommendation (submitted on forms supplied by the department) attesting to the student's academic abilities and achievements, and to the student's potential for doctoral–level academic and research success; and approval of the department.  Students must also submit a statement of purpose clearly specifying why they wish to pursue a doctoral degree including career goals following graduation. In some circumstances, an extremely promising student with an undergraduate degree may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. 

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Students must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Students entering the program without a master’s degree will complete at least 18 credits of graduate-level course work, including 9 credits of clinically-focused courses from CSD, as well as a research experience equivalent to the preparation for a master’s thesis.
2. Students with a master’s degree who did not complete a clinical master’s in communicative sciences and disorders within 3 years of enrolling in the doctoral program will select 6 to 9 credits from the CSD clinical course work. Additional clinical courses may also be required of students with a clinical master’s degree as determined by the guidance committee. Students who are not required to take CSD clinical courses may still elect to take such courses in consultation with their guidance committee.
3. Core Courses (6 to 9 credits):
All students will successfully complete at least 2 of 4 courses addressing fundamental aspects of the field of communicative sciences and disorders, including:
CSD 901 Speech Perception 3
CSD 902 Speech Production 3
CSD 903 Language Science 3
CSD 904 Hearing Science 3
These courses are not offered every semester or every year. Students are encouraged to plan carefully so they can take courses of interest while being mindful of which courses will be available during their programs.
4. All students will select methods and skills courses in statistics and experimental design, as well as in related areas including signal processing, programming, instrumentation, or imaging. As part of these credits, students will be required to gain course work and/or experience in the scholarship and fundamentals of research and teaching.
5. All students will take 18 to 24 credits of advanced graduate specialized study courses in their area of research interest. Courses may be within the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders or within other departments at the University. Students may split these specialized study courses into a primary and secondary area as appropriate for their goals and interests. The specific courses that students take must be approved by the guidance committee.
6. In addition to approved course work, all students will engage in the experiences designed to prepare them for academic work in the field, including the responsible conduct of research, research ethics, and grant writing.
7. Successfully complete a one-semester laboratory rotation in a lab other than their primary mentor’s lab, in order to gain experience with other ways of approaching research.
8. Successfully complete a pre-dissertation research project reflecting a semi-independent research study that is acceptable for publication in a scholarly journal.
9. Successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive examination designed to assess the student’s knowledge about topics related to the student’s program of study.
10. Successfully complete a written and oral defense of a dissertation, including 24 to 36 credits of CSD 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research. The dissertation must be based upon original research that represents a contribution to the scientific knowledge base of human communicative sciences and disorders.

Department of Communication

Monique Turner, Chairperson

Learning to understand and use concepts and strategies from communication science in everyday life is inherently interdisciplinary. Psychology, sociology, political science, and management and marketing have all contributed to a unique fusion that is communication science.
 


Undergraduate Program


Communication

The goal of the major in communication is to prepare students to synthesize, analyze, and criticize major functions, structures, and processes of communication within interpersonal, organizational, and mediated communication contexts. The major is designed to equip its graduates:  (a) to understand the processes involved in human interaction especially as these processes relate to a variety of cultural perspectives, (b) to assess the role and function of new and social media, (c) to identify and critically analyze the major theoretical perspectives in the field of communication, (d) to write and speak clearly using communication concepts, and (e) to develop transferable skills in problem solving in interpersonal interactions, in small group settings, and with diverse populations.

Undergraduate work in communication creates greater awareness of the intricate networks that shape human interaction.  Communication study is designed to prepare students to become human relations specialists in industry, the media, and government as well as for graduate study and further professional education.  Majors most commonly pursue careers in sales, corporate project management, fund raising, corporate recruiting and training, customer relations, public relations, and government.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Communication major is met by completing any one of the following courses:  Communication 401, 425, 440, 475.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in Communication courses with a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher achieved across COM 100, COM 225, COM 240, COM 275, and COM 300:
    1. All of the following courses (17 credits):
    COM 100 Human Communication 3
    COM 225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
    COM 240 Introduction to Organizational Communication 4
    COM 275 Effects of Mass Communication 3
    COM 300 Methods of Communication Inquiry 4
    2. One of the following capstone courses (4 credits):
    COM 401 Advanced Topics in Communication (W) 4
    COM 425 Communication in Close Relationships (W) 4
    COM 440 Organizational Communication Structure (W) 4
    COM 475 Communication Campaign Design and Analysis (W) 4
    3. Complete a minimum of 9 elective credits:
    COM 301 Special Topics in Communication Sciences, Analytics and Research Methods 3
    COM 302 Special Topics in Health Communication 3
    COM 303 Special Topics in Intercultural Communication 3
    COM 304 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication 3
    COM 305 Special Topics in Mediated Communication 3
    COM 306 Special Topics in Organizational Communication 3
    COM 307 Special Topics in Social Influence 3
    COM 310 Intercultural Communication 3
    COM 320 Diversity and Communication 3
    COM 325 Interpersonal Influence and Conflict 3
    COM 330 Health Communication 3
    COM 340 Leadership and Group Communication 3
    COM 360 Advanced Sales Communication 3
    COM 375 Audience Response to Media Entertainment 3
    COM 399 Special Topics in Communication 1 to 3
    COM 402 Public Relations Topics in Communication 1
    COM 490 Independent Study 1 to 3
    COM 493 Internship 1 to 12
    COM 494 Practicum in Communication Research and Instruction 1 to 4
    A maximum of 3 credits across any combination of COM 490, 493, and 494 may be used to satisfy this requirement.
    4. Complete one of the following options:
    (a) A cognate in the behavioral/social sciences that is comprised of six courses outside the Department of Communication chosen from at least three of the following departments: Anthropology, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Economics, Human Development and Family Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The courses must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. (18 to 24 credits)
    (b) A concentration from the following that focuses on a specific application area in the discipline. Courses used to satisfy requirements for the major may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a concentration. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. (minimum of 18 credits)
    Communication Science, Analytics and Research Methods
    1. Both of the following courses (7 credits):
    COM 401 Advanced Topics in Communication (W) 4
    COM 494 Practicum in Communication Research and Instruction 3
    2. Four courses from the following (12 to 15 credits):
    MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users 3
    MI 355 Media and Information Research 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    PSY 295 Data Analysis in Psychological Research 3
    SOC 281 Social Research Methods 4
    SOC 282 Quantitative Analysis for Social Research 4
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    WRA 202 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
    WRA 330 Writing Research in Communities and Cultures 3
    WS 203 Introduction to Methods for Women’s and Gender Studies Research 3
    Health Communication
    1. All of the following courses (10 credits):
    COM 325 Interpersonal Influence and Conflict 3
    COM 330 Health Communication 3
    COM 475 Communication Campaign Design and Analysis (W) 4
    2. Three courses from the following (9 to 11 credits):
    ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    Or
    ANP 204 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 3
    ANP 370 Culture, Health, and Illness 3
    EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public  Health 4
    GEO 435 Geography of Health and Disease  3
    HM 101 Introduction to Public Health 3
    HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
    HNF 406 Global Foods and Culture 3
    HST 425 American and European Health Care since 1800 4
    PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    PSY 320 Health Psychology 3
    SOC 475 Health and Society 3
    Intercultural Communication
    1. All of the following courses (10 credits):
    COM 310 Intercultural Communication 3
    COM 325 Interpersonal Influence and Conflict 3
    COM 475 Communication Campaign Design and Analysis (W) 4
    2. Three courses from the following (8 to 11 credits):
    ANP 200 Navigating Another Culture 2
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    CSUS 250 Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources  3
    ENG 478B Literature and Visual Culture 3
    JRN 475 International News and Government Dynamics 3
    MC 230 Cultures and Politics in Comparative Perspective 4
    MI 480 Information and Communication Technologies and Development 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    PSY 342 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination 3
    SOC 161 International Development and Change 3
    SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 310 Global Migration 3
    SOC 362 Developing Societies 3
    TE 352 Immigrant Language and Culture 3
    Up to 6 credits of a foreign language or educational study abroad program may also serve as an elective in this concentration with advisor approval.
    Interpersonal Communication
    1. All of the following courses (10 credits):
    COM 304 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication 3
    COM 325 Interpersonal Influence and Conflict 3
    COM 425 Communication in Close Relationships (W) 4
    For COM 304, students must select from the following topics: conflict, family communication, computer-mediated communication.
    2. Three courses from the following (9 or 10 credits):
    ATD 430 Dress, Culture and Human Behavior 3
    HDFS 145 The Individual, Couples and Families 3
    HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family 3
    HDFS 414 Parenting 3
    HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America 3
    HDFS 444 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family 3
    HDFS 445 Human Sexuality 3
    HST 313 Women in the United States to 1869 3
    HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
    HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
    LIN 335 Language and Gender 3
    PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 4
    PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
    PSY 236 Personality 3
    PSY 339 Psychology of Women 3
    PSY 342 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination 3
    WS 201 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 3
    WS 304 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Sexuality Studies 3
    WS 403 Women and Change in Developing Countries 3
    Mediated Communication
    1. Both of the following courses (7 credits):
    COM 375 Audience Response to Media Entertainment 3
    COM 475 Communication Campaign Design and Analysis (W)  4
    2. Four of the following courses (12 to 14 credits):
    ADV 375 Consumer Behavior 3
    ADV 420 New Media Driver’s License 3
    ENG 142 Introduction to Popular Literary Genres 4
    FLM 230 Introduction to Film 4
    FLM 380 Classical Film and Media Theory 3
    FLM 381 Contemporary Film and Media Theory 3
    JRN 108 The World of Media 3
    JRN 213 Animation, Comics, Culture and Graphic Novels in Media 3
    JRN 218 Sports in Contemporary Media 3
    MI 201 Media and Information Technologies and Industries 3
    MI 239 Digital Footprints: Privacy and Online Behavior  3
    MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
    MI 302 Networks, Markets