Communication Arts

Major/Minor

The Communication Arts major offers a chance to study new advances in communications technology, understand principles that remain constant, and respond with appropriate messages for an increasingly dynamic media landscape. Through a liberal arts approach, the curriculum aims to develop effective communication talents in print, visuals, speech, and multimedia.

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Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Communication Arts

Through a series of electives, you can design a specialty such as:

  • Advertising
  • Video and Digital Media
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Corporate Communication

Available Minors

  • Communication Arts

Faculty

Four-Year Plan
Fall Spring
First Year

COM-131 Mass Media and Society

3

COM-101 Introduction to Media Writing

3

Foreign Language

3

COM Elective

3

Natural Science

4

Mathematics

3

ENG-101 College Writing

3

RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

3

NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education

4

History or Social Science

3

[16 credits]

 

Physical Education

1

 

 

[16 credits]

 

Second Year

COM-201 Interpersonal and Team Communication

3

COM-206 Speaking in Professional Settings

3

COM-210 Social Media

3

COM elective

3

PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy

3

History or Social Science

3

English Literature

3

PHL or RST 300/400 level

3

General Education/Course in minor

3

General Education/Course in minor

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

COM-314 Reporting and Writing News

3

COM-356 Communication Research Methods

3

COM Elective

3

COM-310 Media Literacy

3

Course in Minor

3

COM-313 Digital Media Skills

3

Gender Studies/Cross Cultural

3

Gender Studies/Cross Cultural

3

PHL or RST 300/400 level

3

Ethics/Values Requirement

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Fourth Year

COM-441 Mass Communication Law

3

COM-461 Practicum

4

COM Elective

3

General Education/Minor/Electives

9-11

General Education/Course in Minor

6

[13-15 credits]

 

Internship

3

 

 

[15 credits]

 

 

 

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes allow for personal attention while discussion-based seminars and studio-based production courses offer a well-rounded learning experience. Internships and portfolio development opportunities provide essential career preparation.

Alum
Micah Castello
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Developing My Voice as a Journalist

Alum, NDMU Class of 2018 English, Communication Arts

Notre Dame helped me discover my passion for storytelling through the writing courses I have taken…My experience at NDMU has not only helped me sharpen my writing and communication skills but it has given me the confidence boost I needed to believe in my ability to tell stories. I look forward to traveling to new places, meeting interesting people, feeling the adrenaline rush of a buzzing newsroom, and developing my voice as a journalist. What’s Next for Micah: Graduate Newspaper Fellow in the MA in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School

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Research & Internship Opportunities

A capstone practicum course includes a semester-long professional internship, which greatly increases employability.

Examples of Internships

Communication Art Careers

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Design
  • Video Production
  • Publication Editing
  • Social Media Coordination
  • Web Content Management

Where do NDMU Graduates Work?

Ou graduates are working in diverse fields for employers such as: