Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Media and Communication Major, B.S.

Department Information

Department of Media and Communication
PO Box 70669
Phone: (423) 439-5575
Web address: https://www.etsu.edu/cbat/media-communication/

The Media and Communication major provide students a dynamic, experiential media education serving a wide range of media careers such as journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing communication, social media, sports media, radio, television and film as well as streaming media and event planning experiences. Major core coursework provides students with a foundation while course flexibility in writing, research, and production course blocks give students the ability to design a unique program to meet their career goals. Professional development and course direction are overseen by department advising/mentoring. Through experiences with real-world clients, students gain the skills and knowledge they need for success in this growing profession. Study abroad opportunities are available.

To complete the B.S. in Media and Communication, a student must complete a total of 120 credits of course work. In addition to the University’s General Education requirements and the B.S. degree requirements, students must complete 48 credits of major courses.  A 2.0 grade point average must be obtained in the major, the minor, overall, and in all courses taken at ETSU in order to graduate. Students must also complete a minor in a department of their choosing. Prior to graduation, students must also complete a major field test in addition to the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST).


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Department of Media and Communication
(423) 439-5575

Transfer and Residency Policy

Transfer students should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits from other institutions toward the completion of the B.S. in Media and Communication. This means that at least 36 credits in the major and concentration must be completed at ETSU.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Robert Dunn, Chair dunnra@etsu.edu or (423) 439-4170.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 48 credits
      Major Core    (18 credits)
      Focus Blocks    (21 credits)
      Advisor Approved Electives    (6 credits)
     Capstone    (3 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 6-13 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: MDCO-BS   

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

Compass Core Curriculum    

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen categories.

Total Requirements for Media and Communication Major: 48 credits

Media and Communication Major Core Requirements: 18 credits

Focus Blocks: 21 credits

Survey Block: 3 credits

Choose one course from the following:

Research Block: 3 credits

Choose one course from the following:

Capstone: 3 credits

Choose one course from the following:

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

Choose two courses from any non-required course from MCOM, ADVR, JOUR, PUBR, or RTVF in conjunction with the advisor as an elective.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 6-13 credits

Major Field Test

A major field test is required for graduating students. Please see advisor for more information.

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. CSCI 1100  has a required lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.