College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs


Contact Information: School of Communication, 2001 Euclid Avenue, Music and Communication 233, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 • 216-687-4630

Internships: Internship opportunities are available to all students. For more information, please call 216-687-2116 or contact your Division Director.


From television to the Internet and conversations between doctors and patients, communication plays a major role in contemporary society. The School of Communication introduces students to the study of communication, with courses emphasizing the effects of communication on everyday life, dynamics of interpersonal relationships, and career-related skills. Students take courses from a nationally ranked faculty. They gain an appreciation for the social scientific study of communication and obtain training in public speaking, news writing, and film production. The school is a hub of activity, with a laboratory newspaper, digital video communication center, communication research center and a theater arts building.

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Communication (B.A.)

Communication Management (B.A.) (see the Communication Management section of this catalog)

Film and Digital Media (B.A.) (see the Film and Digital Media section of this catalog)

Journalism and Promotional Communication (B.A.) (see the Journalism and Promotional Communication section of this catalog)

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Minor Programs


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Certificate Programs

Three certificate programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the School of Communication are Certificate in Journalism, Certificate in Multimedia Advertising and Certificate in Science Writing.

Journalism Certificate

For admission to this certificate program, students must complete the prerequisite course COM 225 (Media Writing) with a minimum grade of B- (B-Minus). A 2.25 GPA must be maintained across all required courses (16 credit hours).

Requirements for the Certificate in Journalism

The certificate requires 16 semester hours of core courses in journalism. A list of optional electives allows those who wish to specialize to also focus their program in broadcast journalism. The following courses make up the certificate program.


Required Courses: (12 credit hours)

Options: (Choose one course for 4 credit hours)

Suggested electives (not included in the certificate courses):

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Multimedia Advertising Certificate

The certificate program includes 16 semester hours of core courses in visual art, advertising principles, advertising applications, and marketing analysis. A 2.25 GPA must be maintained across all required courses. The following courses are prerequisites to those required for the certificate.


NOTE: COM 350 Persuasive Communication and Attitude Change is recommended as a foundation for the COM courses in this certificate program.

Required Core Courses:

Recommended Electives:

For more information, please contact the appropriate department: Art Department 216-687-2040, School of Communication 216-687-4630, or Department of Marketing 216-687-4771.

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Science Writing Certificate

The Science Writing Certificate at the School of Communication provides undergraduates and professionals with the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in media writing, science reporting, the scientific method and contemporary science. The certificate comprises courses in the School of Communication and the Science College. Students who complete this certificate are expected to have a working knowledge of contemporary scientific concepts and methodological approaches appropriate to their study. Students who successfully complete the certificate will have the tools necessary to explain interesting and complex ideas to a general audience.

About Required Courses:

The certificate requires 18 semester hours. Science as a Way of Thinking (SCI 220)* is a course designed for this program. There are 8 hours of core courses in journalism. Students will choose a 6-credit exit project in one of four areas, combining Health Communication, Electronic Journalism, Editing & Graphics or Advanced Public Relations with COM 493 Science Communication.

Admission & Completion:

For admission to this certificate program, students must complete the prerequisite course Media Writing (COM 225) with a minimum grade of B-. The following courses make up the certificate program. A 2.25 GPA must be maintained across all required courses.


Required Courses:

Exit Options:

(COM 405 and COM 447 have other prerequisites.)

* Note: Students must satisfy the university's General Education Requirements in Natural Science. Thus, students must complete SCI 220 in addition to their two General Education ED science courses, one of which must include an approved laboratory component. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

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Communication (B.A.)

Minimum hours required for major: 40

Minimum hours required for minor: 20

Joint Program Available: Political Communication with Department of Political Science

Evening Program: Yes

Foreign Study Program: Yes

Advising: Contact the School of Communication office 216-687-4630

Financial aid: Scholarship assistance awarded to students in the School of Communication.

  • W.O. and Naomi E. Walker Scholarship
  • Max Axelrod Scholarship. (Students with journalism emphasis)
  • Donald Marcus Scholarship. (Students with advertising emphasis)
  • Jana Stone Scholarship. (Public relations emphasis)
  • Raymond Dorsey Scholarship. (Physically disabled student with a preference for a journalism sequence)

Scholarships are awarded annually. Call the main office at 216-687-4630 for information.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication: The major in Communication provides students with a critical understanding of the complex, vital role that communication plays in contemporary life. Coursework offers students a host of intellectual, problem-solving, and career-related skills. In contemporary society, which is characterized by a dazzling array of new technologies, rapid social change, instant messaging, and dynamic interpersonal relationships, it is imperative that students appreciate the ways communication influences everyday life. Students who obtain a major in communication will take classes from a nationally ranked faculty and gain exposure to communication specialists who work in public and private sector jobs in Northeast Ohio. The major lays a strong general foundation in communication processes and effects.

More specialized training is available in the fields of Journalism and Promotional Communication, Film and Digital Media, and Communication Management. The School of Communication offers these three areas as separate bachelor's degree programs.

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Major-Field Requirements

All majors are required to take a minimum total of 40 semester credit hours in Communication and maintain a 2.25 GPA across all communication courses to graduate with a major in Communication. All School of Communication Majors are required to successfully complete COM 101 (Principles of Communication) and COM 303 (Communication Inquiry) with a minimum grade of C. Two core courses, three theory courses, one capstone and four communication elective courses are required for the communication major. Transfer students must obtain at least 20 credit hours from Communication courses at Cleveland State University.

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Communication Major Required Courses (8 credit hours):

Required Communication Major Theory Courses (12 credit hours):

Required Communication Major Capstone Courses (4 credit hours):

Communication Major Electives (16 credit hours); See course listing for all Communication classes. A course can fulfill only one school requirement.

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Communication Minor

All minors are required to take a total of 20 credit hours in communication courses. Eight hours are to include COM 101 and COM 303. A total of 12 hours should include 4 hours of a theory course and 8 hours of elective courses. Transfer students must obtain at least 12 credit hours from communication courses at Cleveland State University .

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Please note: Courses may only fulfill one requirement for the communication major and minor. Capstone requirements must be taken at Cleveland State University. Transfer credits do not meet Capstone requirements. Only four credits of COM 490 Internship in Communication and COM 496 Independent Study count toward the communication major. Any additional credits may count as university elective credits.

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