Degree Requirements

Communication Studies Major, Bachelor of Arts

For transfer students, at least six of these courses must be taken at Augsburg.

Required of all Communication Studies majors:

  • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    • or COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    • or COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
    • or COM 355 – Small Group Communication
  • COM 280 – Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COM 281 – Research Methods
  • COM 329 – Intercultural Communication
  • COM 351 – Argumentation
  • COM 352 – Persuasion
  • COM 490 – Keystone: Critical Conversations about Vocation

A total of 3 electives must be taken from following categories (one course must be from COM):

  • 1 to 3 electives from the following (May not count the same course twice):
    • COM 243 – Studio Production
    • COM 247 – Documentary History and Theory
    • COM 260 – Environmental Communication
    • COM 299 – Directed Study
    • COM 321 – Business and Professional Speaking
    • COM 345 – Organizational Communication
    • COM 399 – Internship
    • COM 405 – Nonverbal Communication
    • COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies
    • COM 480 – Public Relations/Promotional Communication
    • COM 495 – Communication Topics
    • COM 499 – Independent Study
  • 0 to 2 approved outside electives from another major, for example:
    • ART 132 – Photography I
    • ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design
    • ART 225 – Graphic Design I
    • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
    • ENL 227 – Journalism
    • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
    • FLM 399 – Internship
    • MKT 252 – Marketing
    • Another course approved by Communication Studies department

Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Licensure Major

This major, which includes secondary education coursework and student teaching requirements in the Education Department, offers students the preparation necessary to become teachers of communication arts and literature in public schools and allows them to become licensed to teach at the middle school through the secondary level. Recommendation for teacher licensure is granted only to students who complete the requirements for this program with a minimum grade of 2.0 in major courses and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the major. All requirements in the major must be completed prior to student teaching. The course requirements for this program are listed in the English Department section of the catalog.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is designed to encourage overall excellence as well as outstanding achievement on a specific project of special interest to the student. Departmental Honors students must maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and a 3.00 GPA overall, and, as part of their major program, complete a substantial independent project of honors quality (COM 499 registration). Honors candidates should meet with their faculty advisor prior to their senior year to develop a proposal for the honors project.

Communication Studies Minor

For transfer students, at least three of these six courses must be courses offered at Augsburg.

Six courses including:

  • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    • or COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    • or COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Speaking
  • COM 254 – Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 280 – Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
    • or POL 342 – Mass Communication in Society
  • COM 351 – Argumentation
    • or COM 352 – Persuasion
  • COM 355 – Small Group Communication
    • or COM 345 – Organizational Communication

Film Major

See the Film Studies website.

New Media Major, Bachelor of Arts

The transdisciplinary New Media major is a course of study designed to engage students from all fields in an exploration of new and emergent media, preparing them for achievement and scholarship in multifarious new media environments. The program fosters learning to manage change in media, creating effective expressions (communications, creative works, applications) in digital environments, and exploring the interrelationship of new media with other fields of study to understand the relationships between technology and culture. The major involves options for courses in art, business, communication, computer science, education, English, music, political science, and more. Students are encouraged to double major and select a concentration in Game Design, Promotional Communication, or Web Design or design a path of study as approved by the program advisor.

Required of all New Media Majors:

  • NMS 220 – Foundations of New Media
  • NMS 242/ENL 242 – Electronic Literature
  • COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies
  • POL 371 – Internet Law
  • NMS 399 – Internship
    • or NMS 375 Practicum
    • or Internship, Practicum, or Workshop in Concentration
  • NMS 490 – Vocation and New Media
    • or Keystone in Concentration

Four courses or 16 credits from the new media electives list:

  • ART 102 – Design
  • ART 124 – Graphic Design Production: InDesign (1cr)
  • ART 125 – Graphic Design Production: Illustrator (1cr)
  • ART 126 – Graphic Design Production: Photoshop (1cr)
  • ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photo
  • ART 180 – Intro to Community-based Photography
  • ART 201 – Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ART 202 – Typography
  • ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design
  • ART 226 – Artist Workshop (1cr)
  • ART 315 – Web Design for Graphic Design Majors
  • ART 340 – Digital Imaging
  • COM 243 – Studio Production
  • CSC 250 – Game Programming on the Web
  • CSC 431 – Intro to AI Robotics
  • CSC 495 – Topics: Mobile Applications
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • ENL 226 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Art
  • ENL 290 – Explorations in Language and Theory
  • ENL 229 – Screenwriting
  • ENL 371 – History of Cinema
  • ENL 324 – Creative Non-Fiction
  • ENL 427 – Advanced Studies in Media, Ethics, and Theory
  • FLM 180 – Film, Sight, and Sound
  • FLM 240 – Animation
  • FLM 260 – Documentary Production I
  • FLM 495 – Topics: Producer
  • INS 330 – Arts Praxis: Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field
  • INS 331 – Art and Culture in Political, Social and Historical Context
  • MUS 221 – Intro to Music Technology
  • MUS 336 – Arts Management & Concert Promotion
  • MUS 272 – Human Identity through the Creative Arts
  • NMS 230 – Social Media
  • NMS 260 – New Media Production
  • NMS 295 – Topics in New Media
  • NMS 320 – Contemporary New Media Practices
  • NMS 495 – Topics in New Media
  • NMS 499 – Independent Study
  • PHI 260 – Philosophy and the Arts
  • PHY 261 – Electronics
  • POL 342 – Mass Communication and Society
  • POL 495 – Impact of the Internet
  • REL 220 – Religion and Science in Popular Culture

New Media Concentration in Promotional Communication

This concentration emphasizes the importance of understanding message, purpose, goals, and audience to make effective use of new media technologies.

Students are required to take the New Media core and four of the following courses:

  • ENL 427 – Advanced Studies in Media, Ethics, and Theory
  • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • NMS 320 – Contemporary New Media Practices
  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • NMS 260 – New Media Production
  • COM 480 – Public Relations/Promotional Communication
  • NMS 230 – Social Media

New Media Concentration in Game Design

This concentration emphasizes the social significance of computational problem solving within the game narrative and game-based environments.

Students are required to take the New Media core and the follow courses:

  • CSC 240 – Intro to Networking and Communications
  • CSC 250 – Game Programming on the Web

Two from the following:

  •  CSC 373 – Symbolic Programming and Artificial Intelligence
  •  CSC 495 – Mobile Applications
  •  CSC 431 – Intro to AI Robotics

New Media Concentration in Web Design

This concentration emphasizes visual design, interactivity, and web development. Students will obtain a foundation in design, learn coding, and obtain valuable skills in understanding the impact of such on society.

Students are required to take the New Media core and the following courses:

  • ART 201 – Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design
  • ART 315 – Web Design for Graphic Design Majors
  • POL 495 – Impact of the Internet

New Media Minor

Four core courses:

  • NMS 220 – Foundations of New Media
  • NMS 242/ENL 242 – Electronic Literature
  • COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies
  • POL 371 – Internet Law

Two courses or 8 credits from the new media elective list.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is designed to encourage overall excellence as well as outstanding achievement on a specific project of special interest to the student. Departmental Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in the major and a 3.00 GPA overall, and, as part of their major program, complete a substantial independent project of honors quality (COM 499/FLM 499/NMS 499 registration). Honors candidates should meet with their faculty advisor prior to their senior year to develop a proposal for the honors project.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by completing the following courses: COM 281 (QF) and COM 352 (QFA) for Communication Studies majors and one of MAT 163, MAT 164 or PHY 119 for Film majors.

Note: For transfer students, at least three of these six courses must be courses offered at Augsburg.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.