School of Communication

An Innovative Curriculum

The School of Communications is recognized nationally for its deep and innovative curriculum that emphasizes engaged learning and serving the public good. The curriculum offers a balance among concepts that lead to strategic decision-making, skills to write and produce, and a liberal arts education to provide breadth of knowledge and insight.

Communications students choose among these COM majors:


Strategic Communications

Cinema & Television Arts

Communication Design

Media Analytics

Sport & Event Management students take courses in the SEM major, which has a stand-alone curriculum.

Sport & Event Management

Each major is described in the colored boxes above.

The following applies to COM majors.

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 Communications 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 Communications Internship for 1 or 2 credit hours, based on 80 work-hours per credit hour. Students may earn up to a total of 4 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 Communications.)

REQUIRED MINOR, DOUBLE MAJOR OR SEMESTER ABROAD.  To promote academic depth, all students must complete a minor or double major outside of Communications (COM) or complete a semester abroad (12 credit hours or more) in an Elon-approved program.

DOUBLE MAJOR.  To encourage students to develop a second area of academic depth, Communications waives 8 hours of COM electives for any student completing a double major outside Communications. For example, a student double-majoring in journalism and history would need a total of 44 COM hours instead of the normal 52 hours. This option is not available for those completing a BFA in Cinema and Television Arts. 

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.