BA in Communications and Media

Develop an interdisciplinary foundation that will launch your career in social media, public relations, journalism, digital marketing, product and project management, media relations and communication strategy.

Communications and Media Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media is designed to provide you the expertise, skills and adaptability necessary to succeed in professional communications specializations. You will be equipped with the skills required for communications positions in a variety of fields.

Students will:

  • Create compelling stories that engage stakeholders across a variety of media platforms.
  • Apply communication and social media strategies that are responsive to a culturally diverse global audience.
  • Explore the basic elements of multimedia tools, communication formats and techniques.
  • Interpret and explain information and data in meaningful ways to create strategic media campaigns.
  • Design communications and media technology solutions to address community and global issues.


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Fall II (Oct 24, 2022)

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


      • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
      • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
      active military?

      Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


      Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


    BA in Communications and Media Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • COMU 300  Communications and Media: Challenges and Opportunities


      COMU 301  Advanced Public Speaking


      COMU 330  History of Communication and Technological Revolutions


      COMU 360  Methods and Techniques of Persuasion


      COMU 365  Multimedia Journalism


      COMU 370  Principles of Public Relations


      COMU 375  Media Ethics


      COMU 420  Strategic Social Media


      ENGU 348  Writing and Producing for New Media in the 21st Century


      MKTU 301  Principles of Marketing


      PSYU 355  Media Psychology


      SSCU 303  Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture


      SSCU 380

       Interpreting Data: Predictions, Patterns, 3 and Communication 


      COMU 485  Communications and Media Capstone


      Major Core Requirements Subtotal  42
    • Select six credits from the following: 1


      COMU 315

      Intercultural Communication

      COMU 410
      Organizational Communication


      COMU 499
      Independent Study


      or LBSU 492

      Experiential Learning

      HUMU 250
      Humanities in a Digital Culture


      HUMU 345
      Art, Media Technology, and Culture


      MGTU 310
      Legal Environment of Business


      OLCU 414
      Team Building


      OLCU 425
      Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations


      PSYU 306
      Critical Thinking


      PSYU 336
      Social Psychology


      SOCU 415
      Sociology of Organizations and Institutions


      Communications and Media Electives Subtotal


      Total Credits



      At least three credits must be upper division.

    • COMU 300 Communications and Media: Challenges and Opportunities


      COMU 365 Multimedia Journalism


      COMU 370 Principles of Public Relations


      COMU 420 Strategic Social Media


      PSYU 355 Media Psychology


      SSCU 380 Interpreting Data: Predictions, Patterns, and Communication


      Total Credits



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