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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 media content, and a liberal arts education to provide breadth of knowledge and insight.

The curricular structure reflects the four purposes of communication in society: to inform, to persuade, to entertain and to discover. Students choose among these majors:

Journalism

Strategic Communications

Cinema & Television Arts

Communication Design

Media Analytics

In addition, the School of Communications is home to the Sport & Event Management Department, which has a stand-alone curriculum.

Each Communications major is described in the colored boxes above.

Here is a listing of Communications courses as of Fall 2014.

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 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.

Pre-2014 Curriculum

Students who entered Elon in 2012-13 or earlier have the choice of remaining in their existing curriculum or moving to the new curriculum that goes into effect in Fall 2014.

Journalism curriculum
prior to 2014

Strategic Communications
curriculum prior to 2014

Broadcast & New Media
curriculum prior to 2014

Cinema curriculum
prior to 2014

Communication Science
curriculum prior to 2014

Below are pre-2014 COM course listings, COM course listings in effect for 2014 and course equivalencies.

Pre-2014 COM course listing

COM course listing, Fall 2014

Course equivalencies