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Digital Communication Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016 and thereafter.
    Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
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General Education Requirements (43 credits)

General Education requirements for all new students entering UB in fall 2016 and after.

Digital Communication Program Requirements 
(48 credits)

Core Requirements (21 credits)

UPPER DIVISION: (Required for all Digital Communication majors. 21 credits)

Take these five classes:

  • CMAT 353 Research Methods in Digital Communications
  • CMAT 352 Media Literacy
  • CMAT 342 The Rhetoric of Digital Communication
  • CMAT 451 Communication Technologies
  • CMAT 485 Seminar in Digital Communication

and choose one of the following Background & Ideas courses:

  • ENGL 337 Great Plays
  • ENGL 338 Modern Drama
  • ENGL 341 American Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 344 American Literature since 1900
  • ENGL 346 The American Dream
  • ENGL 348 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 350 Topics in African-American Literature
  • ENGL 351 Ancient Mythology & Modern Myth
  • ENGL 354 Love in Literature
  • ENGL 361 The Hero & the Quest
  • ENGL 364 Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves, & Fools
  • ENGL 365 Shakespeare: Love, Myth, & Metamorphosis
  • ENGL 391 Topics in Language & Society
  • ENGL 450 The Great Moderns
  • CMAT 371 Mass Media & Society 
  • CMAT 381 News & Documentary

and choose one of the following Advanced Writing* courses:

  • ENGL 321 Argument & Persuasion
  • ENGL 322 Techniques of Popularization
  • ENGL 323 Writing, Editing, & Publishing
  • ENGL 324 Public Relations Writing 
  • ENGL 325 Introduction to Journalism 
  • ENGL 326 Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL 390 Syntax, Semantics and Style

*counts as either a Background & Ideas or Advanced Writing credit OR an Area of Focus credit

Additional Advanced Writing course options for students already accepted as an accelerated student in the Publications Design program:

  • PBDS 603 Editorial Style
  • PBDS 604 Writing for the Marketplace
  • PBDS 605 Public and Private Language
  • PBDS 611 The Craft of Popularization
  • PBDS 691 The Art of the Interview
  • PBDS 692 Writing for Digital Environments

LOWER DIVISION: (Recommended for students entering UB with fewer than 60 credits. Take as many courses as your schedule allows.)

  • CMAT 130 Baltimore in the Media 
  • CMAT 201 Effective Communication** 
  • CMAT 207 Practicum in Communication
  • CMAT 211 Computer Graphics: Publishing*
  • CMAT 212 Computer Graphics: Imaging*
  • CMAT 215 Intro to Graphic Design** 
  • CMAT 216 History of Graphic Design** 
  • CMAT 231 Decoding the Media**
  • CMAT 271 Pop Culture** 
  • CMAT 296 Topics in Speech Communication

*prerequisite courses for majors
**suggested courses for pre-majors

  • ARTS 101 Music and Art as Craft
  • ARTS 121 World Music 
  • ARTS 201 Arts and Society 
  • ARTS 202 Technology in the Arts 
  • ARTS 230 The Art of Film
  • ARTS 297 Topics in the Arts

  • ENGL 211 Popular Writing

  • COSC 150 Intro to Game Design
  • COSC 155 Internet Technologies: Mastering the Basics
  • COSC 260 Introduction to 3D Graphics (prereq: CMAT 212)

Areas of Focus (21 credits)

Choose seven courses for a total of 21 credits. Students may either take classes from one area for a more specialized degree OR from many areas for a more generalized experience. Courses to be determined by the student and her/his adviser, based on entrance qualifications and career objectives.

MEDIA DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Students are highly encouraged to take a mix of first- and second-level courses. At least two second-level courses are recommended.

FIRST-LEVEL COURSES

  • CMAT/ENGL 333 Media Genres
  • CMAT 357 Principles of Design (prereq: Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 358 Digital Design (prereq:  Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 364 Digital Photography (prereq: CMAT 212 or equivalent)
  • CMAT 366 Producing Sound Portraits
  • CMAT 368 Photojournalism
  • CMAT 369 Digital Video
  • CMAT 392 Media Branding (prereq:  Computer Graphics Proficiency**)

SECOND-LEVEL COURSES

  • CMAT 456 Motion Graphics (prereq:  CMAT 357, CMAT 358)
  • CMAT 457 Advanced Print Design (prereq: CMAT 357)
  • CMAT 458 Project Management
  • CMAT 459 Print Production (prereq:  CMAT 357)
  • CMAT 459 Advanced Digital Design (prereq: CMAT 358)
  • CMAT 374 Magazine Design (prereq:  CMAT 357, CMAT 358)
  • CMAT 469 Advanced Digital Video (prereq: CMAT 369)

  • COSC 402 Interactive Narrative (prereq: COSC 320) 

Students can also take advanced PBDS courses with permission.


DIGITAL THEORY & CULTURE: 

  • CMAT/ENGL 333 Media Genres
  • CMAT 355 Communication Theory & Learning
  • CMAT 371 Mass Media & Society
  • CMAT 381 Representing Reality: News & Documentary
  • CMAT 392 Media Branding  (prereq:  Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 453 Media & Community
  • CMAT 475 Media Criticism
  • ENGL 325 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 332 Literature & Film
  • ENGL 391 Topics in Language & Society 
  • ENGL 392 The Archaeology of Language
  • ENGL 395 Narrative Discourse

  • GVPP 362 Media and Government 

Students can also take advanced PBDS courses with permission.


PUBLIC RELATIONS:

  • CMAT 303  Oral Communication in Business
  • CMAT 320  Argumentation & Debate
  • CMAT/ENGL 333 Media Genres
  • CMAT 371  Mass Media & Society
  • CMAT 369  Video Production
  • CMAT 357 Principles of Design (prereq: Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 358 Digital Design (prereq:  Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 368 Photojournalism
  • CMAT 391 Public Relations Strategies
  • CMAT 392 Media Branding  (prereq:  Computer Graphics Proficiency**)
  • CMAT 458 Project Management 
  • MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 305 Managing Human Resources

  • MKTG 301 Marketing Management
  • MKTG 430 Personal Selling
  • MKTG 410 Buyer Behavior
  • MKTG 415 Marketing Communication & Digital Media
  • ENGL 321 Argument & Persuasion
  • ENGL 322 Techniques of Popularization
  • ENGL 323 Writing, Editing and Publishing
  • ENGL 324 Public Relations Writing
  • ENGL 325 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 326 Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL 390 Syntax, Semantics and Style
  • ENGL 391 Topics in Language and Society
  • ENGL 393 Topics in Advertising
  • ENGL 392 Archaeology of Language
  • ENGL 402 Copy Editing and Document Design

  • INSS 401 Internet and Business 

Students can also take advanced PBDS courses with permission.


SPEECH & RHETORIC:

  • CMAT 300 Public Speaking
  • CMAT 303 Oral Comm in Business
  • CMAT 320 Argumentation & Debate
  • CMAT 334 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • CMAT 355 Communication Theory & Learning

 

  • ENGL 330 Legal Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 321 Argument and Persuasion
  • ENGL 322 Techniques of Popularization
  • ENGL 324 Public Relations Writing
  • ENGL 390 Syntax, Semantics and Style
  • ENGL 391 Topics in Language & Society
  • ENGL 392 Archaeology of Language

Students can also take advanced PBDS courses with permission.


MEDIA WRITING:

  • ENGL 321 Argument and Persuasion
  • ENGL 322 Techniques of Popularization
  • ENGL 323 Writing, Editing and Publishing
  • ENGL 324 Public Relations Writing
  • ENGL 325 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 326 Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL 330 Legal Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 363 Creative Writing Workshop:  Screenwriting
  • ENGL 386 Creative Writing Workshop:  Journalism
  • ENGL 390 Syntax, Semantics, and Style
  • ENGL 391 Topics in Language & Society
  • ENGL 392 Archaeology of Language

  • COSC 402 Interactive Narrative (prereq: COSC 320)

OTHER ELECTIVES: (apply to all focus areas)

  • CMAT 407 Internship  
  • CMAT 489 Directed Independent Study
  • CMAT 490 Honors Project
  • CMAT 493 Honors Seminar
  • CMAT 497 Special Topics in Communication

**Computer Graphics Competency Requirement 

Complete CMAT 211 Computer Graphics: Publishing and CMAT 212 Computer Graphics: Imaging OR satisfy this requirement through approved transfer credit or by passing the Computer Graphics Proficiency Examination.

Professional Attendance Requirement

Attendance at and summary of five approved outside events (non-credit). Learn more  about this requirement, which must be completed by the time you graduate.

General Electives

  • IDIS 101 First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning ( freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective)

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate. These can include General Education courses, additional courses in the major and/or other courses of interest.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

  • INFO 110 Introduction to Information Literacy 
  • CMAT 353 Research Methods in Digital Communication 

 

as of fall 2016