Which will you pick

Bachelor of Arts

  • Communication Studies

Minors

  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Sports Communication

I Want to Do THAT!

Major in Communication Studies;
Share Your Story in Our Global, Digital World

You are creative and have a flair for expressing yourself.  Now, you want to take it to the next level.  You want a degree and a University that can build your skills to communicate effectively in a global, digital world.  By majoring in Communication Studies, you will have the versatility to communicate across multiple platforms that are in high demand by today's employers.
If you like public speaking or podcasting, writing and reporting, creating a documentary film, hosting your own radio show or learning how to be an indispensable public relations professional, your Communication Studies major can take you far. And your professional portfolio of print, broadcast and digital communication work will help cut through the clutter of the entry-level job market.
Whether you are planning to work in TV news, like Nina Carter (’13) at Fox 23 in Tulsa, working for a major daily newspaper, like Michael Martinez (’12) at the Detroit News, or working for an online news source, like Ian Thibodeau (’14) at MLive.com, you will develop strong communication skills that allow you to share your ideas across all of today’s media platforms.  And even if you don’t want to work directly in these fields, the skills you learn with your  degree in communication studies at University of Detroit Mercy are applicable to any business.  Just ask people like Alice Arutoff (’11) at Ford Motor Company, Scheherazode Burton (’12) at Quicken Loans, or Cody Grant (’12) at Strategic Staffing Solutions.
 

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication Studies

The Communications Studies curriculum deepens your understanding and effectivess of communication and communication channels through theory, ethics and direct learning opportunities.

You can tailor your major to fit your interests by choosing a concentration in electronic media, journalism, public relations/advertising or general speech.  In each concentration, you will work on directed projects that enhance your skills and interests. 

Program Requirements
36 credit hours

Required Courses 
CST 1110 Mass Communication 3 credits
CST 1120 Visual Communication 3 credits
CST 3000 Mass Media Ethics 3 credits
CST 4990 Capstone Seminar: Media Social Responsibility 3 credits
One Research Elective 3 credits
One Theory Elective 3 credits
One Writing Elective 3 credits
Five electives 15 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a major in communication studies.

Jumpstart a career you're passionate about!

TV/Radio/Film

Journalism

Public Relations

The Multimedia Journalism minor gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the field of journalism. The minor produces graduates who are multifaceted in their skills and prepared for entry-level positions with media outlets. It also offers expertise to students who hope to pursue careers in other disciplines that intersect with the media, such as business, law, English, history, political science and education. The minor requires 18 credits and the submission of a portfolio at the completion of the courses.

Minor Requirements
18 credit hours

Required Courses 
CST 2030 News Writing and Reporting I 3 credits
CST 2100 Video Production 3 credits
CST 3033 News Writing and Reporting II 3 credits
One Course from the Following 
CST 2110 Audio Production 3 credits
CST 2150 Multi-Media I 3 credits
CST 2200 Photography 3 credits
Two courses from the Following 
CST 3100 Audio Production and Direction 3 credits
CST 3110 Single Camera Video Production 3 credits
CST 3120 Multi-Camera Video Production and Direction 3 credits
CST 4210 News Editing, Design and Management 3 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a Minor in Multimedia Journalism.

The Sports Communication minor gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the growing field of multimedia sports journalism and sports information/media relations. The minor produces graduates who are prepared for entry-level sports positions with media outlets and with the media relations departments of professional teams and collegiate athletic departments. It also offers expertise to students who hope to pursue sports-related careers in other disciplines, such as business, law, English, history and education. The minor requires 18 credits and the submission of a portfolio at the completion of the courses.

Minor Requirements
18 credit hours

Required Courses
CST 2030 News Writing and Reporting I 3 credits
CST 2100 Video Production 3 credits
CST 3300 Sports Writing 3 credits
CST 3305 Sports Broadcasting 3 credits
One Course from the Following 
CST 2400 Principles of Public Relations 3 credits
CST 2410 Principles of Advertising 3 credits
BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing 3 credits
BUS 3880 Sports and Entertainment Marketing 3 credits
One Course from the Following
CST 3307 Sports Information and Public Relations 3 credits
CST 3315 Detroit Sports History and Journalism 3 credits

Please view the catalog for more detailed information about requirements for a Minor in Sports Journalism Communication

Attention Employers

If you are interested in providing an internship opportunity, please email
Cynthia Langham at
langhac@udmercy.edu

While internships, externships and other opportunities vary each year, you will have plenty of opportunities to apply what you have learned in class in real-world settings.

Detroit is a great American city on the rise.  Frequently projects include organizations involved with the rebirth of the city.

Our students have gained experience working at:

The Detroit News

Crain's Detroit Business

Strategic Staffing Solutions

Local TV stations

and much more.

All of our alumni have the potential to do great things.  You may have heard of a few of them:

  • Michael Martinez '13, reporter, The Detroit News
  • Nina Carter '13, reporter, Fox 23, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ian Thibodeau '14, reporter, M.Live.com
  • Curtis Pulliam'14, sports reporter, Ashland (Ohio) Times-Gazette.
  • China Sellers Haley, reporter and anchor, Automotive News.
  • Alice Riley, U.S. recruiting communication coordinator, Ford Motor Company
  • Vito Chirco, social media moderator, Top Cat Sales, a for sports apparel company 
  • Elysia (Khalil) Christine,market research analyst, Oakland County government
  • Joseph MacLean, owner, Click Getter (social media consulting firm)
  • Demitrius Watts, program administrator, FirstMerit Bank
  • Woody Payne, '10, Google Adwords consultant, Arvato, an international digital media support company/consulting firm
  • Keontaye Harris '10, social media coordinator/marketing, Uvalle law firm, PLLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Laura Hawatmeh, '13, student, UDM Law School
  • ReShawn Wilder, '13, customer service agent, Spirit Airlines
  • Michelle Renaud '13, assistant, John F. Martin Photography, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Felicia Safford '15, branch manager - Southgate, Huntington Bank

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http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that UDM offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.