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Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Communication Concentration, Communications Media, B.S.

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Communications Media

Randy Howe    
Associate Professor
Assistant Professors
George Bohrer Robert Carr Jonathan Amakawa
John Chetro-Szivos Stephen Goldstein
Mary Baker
Robert Harris M. Zachary Lee
Kevin McCarthy
Randy Howe Viera Lorencova Thomas Meade
Jon Krasner Charles Roberts Samuel Tobin
Peter Laytin    
Richard McElvain    Instructor
Kelly Morgan    Farley Chery
Ann Mrvica    
Wayne Munson    
Helen Obermeyer-Simmons    
Charles Sides    
Jeffrey Warmouth    

Objectives for the Program in Communications Media

The Communications Media Program prepares individuals to assume communication positions as freelancers, designers, independent producers, or employees of corporations, institutions, and media organizations.

The program provides a blend of the principles and practices necessary for the effective design, production, and evaluation of media for information presentation by graphic, photographic, film, video, electronic, and print technologies. In combination with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Communications Media fosters the development of skills critical to adapting to an ever changing technological and knowledge-based society.  

Requirements for the Major in Communications Media

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media requires 54 semester hours in its major requirements. Course requirements are organized into five phases.

* Fulfills Jr/Sr Writing requirement
** Computer Literacy requirement is met through a Production Concentration (e.g. COMM 3305 , COMM 3470 , COMM 3645 , COMM 3720 , COMM 3890 .)
***Fulfills speaking/listening requirements

Phase I Freshman Introductory Requirements

Phase I exposes students to the foundations, concepts, and practices used in the preparation, delivery, evaluation, and research of verbal and visual messages.

Phase II Applied Concentration

Phase II enables students to become involved with an indepth investigation of an area in communications which is most closely aligned with individual talents and interests. Students must select and complete one concentration with the consent of their advisor. A minimum of five required courses must be taken within a concentration.

Note: Only students who have completed the requirements of a second concentration can formally declare this concentration to have it recognized on their transcript.  Students interested in Communication Studies as a second concentration may formally declare it at any time.

Note: For some concentration courses, students are expected to pay for supplies that may range in cost from $100 to $300 per course.

Professional Communication Concentration


It is recommended that students take the history course related to their concentration as part of their Liberal Arts and Sciences program. These courses include History of Film I, History of Film II, History of TV, History of Graphic Design, and History of Photography.

Phase III Advanced Electives

Following or concurrent with Phase II, students, in consultation with their advisor, select one of the following options:

  • Four additional courses in the same concentration
  • Four courses in other concentrations
  • Four courses from a combination of concentrations, including additional theory, conceptual, or methodological courses

Phase V Integrated Studies

This required senior level phase provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional environment.

Required Course


VISIONS is an annual juried exhibition of the best work by Communications Media students during that year. VISIONS is held in late April of each year.

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