Communications

SUGGESTED FOUR-YEAR MAJOR PLAN (ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015)

The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2014-2015 academic year.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1
CO 201 Contemporary Mass Media 3
Core: EN 111 College Writing * (or EN 320 by placement) 3
Core: MA 112 Concepts of Mathematics (or college-level math by placement) 3
Core: Social Science 3
Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Total: 16
Spring Semester Credits
CO 275 Broadcast Journalism 3
Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
Core: Social Science 3
Core: HI 101 Roots of the West or HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3
Core: TH 102 Intro. to Christian Theology 3
Total: 15

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits
Communication Arts Major Performance Course** 3
Communication Arts Major Technical/Production Course*** 3
Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Core: PH 102 Intro. to Philosophy 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
Communication Arts Major Technical/Production Course*** 3
Core: CO 230 Communication Skills (or DR 102, 103, 104) 3
Core: Biological or Physical Science 3
Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
Elective 3
Total: 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits
Communication Arts Major Theory Course**** 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
CO/SO 312 Media & Society 3
Communication Art Major Performance Course** 3
Communication Arts Major Theory Course**** 3
Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Elective 3
Total: 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits
CO 420 Senior Media Seminar**** 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
Communication Arts Major Elective****** 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total: 15

 

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

**Must take two of the following Performance courses: CO 280, Advanced Communications Skills; CO 325, Television and Digital Journalism; CO 350, Radio Broadcasting.

***Must take two of the following Technical/Production courses: CO 210, Basic Television Production; CO 310, Video Editing.

****Must take two of the following Theory courses: CO 250, Film History: Theory and Criticism; CO 260, Film Genres; CO 305, Television Show Genres; CO 314, Seminar in Contemporary Cinema; CO 340, The Director as Auteur.

*****CO 420 must be taken no earlier than Fall of a student’s senior year.

******Must choose at least one of the following electives: CO 315, Advanced Video Editing; CO 325 Television and Digital Journalism; CO 355, Digital Filmmaking; CO 402, Screenwriting.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits

GPA: 2.0

Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C