The School of Communications is recognized nationally for its deep and innovative curriculum that emphasizes engaged learning and serving the public good. The curriculum seeks a balance between concepts that lead to strategic decision-making and the skills to produce media content.
The curricular structure reflects the four purposes of communication in society: to inform, to persuade, to entertain and to discover. Students choose among four majors:
You may see the curriculum in any of the areas by clicking the links at the top right.
ACCREDITATION RULE. Elon is one of only 18 private colleges and universities in the nation to have an accredited communications program. Accreditation standards require that all students complete at least 72 credit hours outside the major. Elon requires a minimum of 132 credit hours to graduate.
REQUIRED INTERNSHIP. All students must complete an off-campus professional internship in communications. Students enroll in COM 381 Communication Internship for one or two credit hours, based on 80 work-hours per credit hour. Students may earn up to a total of four credit hours of COM 381. (Co-op Work Experiences credit through the Career Services Office cannot count toward the major or toward the 72 hours required outside the School of Communications.)
DOUBLE MAJOR. To encourage students to develop a second area of academic depth, the School of Communications waives eight hours of Communications electives for any student completing a double major outside Communications (COM). For example, a student double-majoring in journalism and history would need a total of 44 COM hours instead of the normal 52 hours.
REQUIRED MINOR OR OTHER OPTION. To promote academic depth, all students must complete a minor or double major outside of Communications (COM) or complete a semester abroad (totaling 12 credit hours or more) in an Elon-approved program.
COMMUNICATIONS MINOR. The school offers a 20-hour minor in Communications consisting of COM 100 Communications in a Global Age and 16 hours of additional COM courses, with at least four COM hours at the 300 or 400 level.