Multimedia Production & Journalism Major Course Requirements

The multimedia production and journalism major is designed to expose undergraduates to an array of media and message shaping for those media, through a mix of theory and practice. As a part of a liberal arts university, ours is a program with a distinct focus on critical analysis, ethical standards, reporting and writing for print, broadcast and online media platforms. Students will also learn radio and TV production and programming as well as Internet communication.

Drury University multimedia production and journalism majors gain “real world” experience in the Shewmaker Communication Center’s television studio, Carole Lambert Studios, and ration station, as well as in the computer publishing and newspaper labs. They also produce a creative senior project and a senior portfolio, which represents their accomplishments and growth during their years at Drury.

The multimedia production and journalism major must complete 36 hours of coursework:  33 hours of required courses and three hours of elective courses.  All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Please note that COMM 211 Presentational Speaking is a prerequisite for COMM 351 Principles of Persuasion and Influence.  Students should complete COMM 211 early in their degree program. 

Core Courses
COMM 215: Foundations of Communication Theory
COMM 226: Multimedia Production I
COMM 285: Communication and Ethics
COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
COMM 386: Web Communication
COMM 493: Senior Seminar

Major Requirements
COMM 221: Multimedia Writing
COMM 322: Media Law
COMM 375: Principles of Multimedia Production II

Choose One Emphasis
Broadcast Emphasis
COMM 245: Studio Production
COMM 373: Advanced Electronic Media and TV Activities

Journalism Emphasis
COMM 265: Photojournalism
COMM 369: Investigative Reporting

Choose three hours from the following electives:
COMM 141-144: Radio Activities
COMM 171-174: TV Activities
COMM 181-184: Journalism Activities
COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
COMM 342: Interpersonal Communication Theory
COMM 353: Mass Media and Society
COMM 387: Organizational Communication
COMM 442: Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 358, 359: Advanced Journalism Activities I and II
COMM 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
COMM 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
COMM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
ENGL 354: Writing for Stage and Screen

There are numerous extracurricular activities available within the communication department community. KDRU (the student radio station) encourages multimedia production and journalism majors to get involved with the operation of the station from working air shifts to management roles. DUTV (the student TV operation) offers students the opportunity to become involved in television production activities, from producing and directing to operating cameras and building sets. Students also are encouraged to get involved with the other communication department activities like The Mirror (student newspaper), and AD/PR Club.

Senior Portfolio Requirement
All communication majors, and those planning to declare a major, must keep a file of important assignments completed in communication courses and in the general education program. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated bythe instructor, written projects, speeches, internship projects and audio/video materials.  The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in COMM 493 Senior Seminar.  The senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and it may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate study.

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