In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all communications majors must complete the following requirements (35 credits):

  1. COM 1500/Intro to Communication: 4 credits
  2. COM 2010/Group Collaboration: 3 credits
  3. One of the following courses:
    COM 1400/Into to Video Techniques and Technology: 3 credits
    COM 2050/Intro to Media Writing: 4 credits
  4. COM 3100/Communication Research: 4 credits
  5. COM 3100/Strategic Message Design: 4 credits
  6. Area of Interest: TV Production/ Advertising/ Public Relations: 12 credits
  7. CAP 4800/Senior Capstone: 4 credits


*The table below outlines requirements for communication majors prior to Fall 2018.

1. Humanities courses 15 credits
2. Natural sciences courses, including PSY 3365/Advanced Psychology of Communication 15 credits
3. Social sciences courses, including one of the following:
COM 1500/Introduction to Communication*
*formerly CMS 1500/Intro. to Mass Media and Communications (through fall 2016)
MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies
15 credits
4. Performing and/or visual arts courses 6 credits
5. Upper-level courses:
a. Social sciences courses, including two survey courses on the history or
     sociology of film or other mass media
b. All in humanities courses or all in natural sciences courses

12 credits
8 credits
6. Communications electives, including the following:
COM 3100/Communication Research
COM 3110/Strategic Message Design
15 credits
7. General electives 30 credits
8. CAP 4800/Senior Capstone 4 credits
  TOTAL: 120 credits

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2017:

  • MSA 1050 added as an option under the social sciences courses
  • COM 3100 and 3110 added under the communications electives