Communication Major Curriculum

The Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to build professional experience in communication as soon as you start at Champlain College; by the time you finish your first year, you will already be prepared for field-specific internships. This gives you a significant head start toward landing your dream job—and toward deciding what your dream job will be!

Communication Curriculum 2020–2021

A concentration is required in the Communication major. You can use the links below to skip to the full curriculum for each concentration available.

Please note that additional optional concentrations are available and can be fulfilled using general elective credits.

Communication: Communication Studies concentration 


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First Year

First Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(VCD 111) 

Audio Production
(BRD 130)

Broadcast Writing
(BRD 216)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Production of Social Media 
(BRD 230)

Communication & Ethics 
(COM 220) or 
Small Group Communication
(COM 230) or
Intercultural Communication
(COM 270)

Design Solutions
(VCD 181)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Professional Communication Practices
(COM 355)

Principles of Public Relations 
(COM 210)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Applied context/business elective

Production elective

Second Semester

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Applied context/business elective

General elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Communication Field Practicum
(COM 475)

Digital Marketing
(MKT 350)

Creativity & Conceptual Development
(COM 305) or
Writing for Public Relations
(COM 311) or
Contemporary Media Issues
(COM 315) or
Legal Issues In Communication
(COM 365)

COM 300 or 400 elective

General elective

Second Semester

Communication Capstone
(CCC 410COM)

BRD/COM/FLM/SON/WRT/VCD 300 or 400 elective

COM 300 or 400 elective

General elective

Communication: Media Production concentration


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First Year

First Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(VCD 111)

Broadcast Writing
(BRD 216) or
News Writing & Producing
(BRD 218)

Audio Production
(BRD 130)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Video Field Production
(BRD 245)

Fundamentals of Digital Music
(SON 120)

Production for Social Media
(BRD 230)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Synthesis & Sound Design
(SON 282) or
Advanced Audio Production & Sound Design
(BRD 330)

Professional Communications Practices
(COM 355)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200) or
The Business of Music
(BRD 165) or
Multi-Cam Production
(BRD 345)

Web Design
(VCD 206) or
Form In Motion
(VCD 203)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

FLM/SON/BRD/WRT/VCD 200 or higher elective

General elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Legal Issues in Communication
(COM 365)

Communication Field Practicum
(COM 475)

Digital Marketing
(MKT 350)

BRD/SON 300 or 400 elective

General elective

Second Semester

Communication Capstone Project
(CCC 410COM)

BRD/SON/MKT/VCD/FLM 300 or 400 elective

Broadcast Management & Programming
(BRD 410)

General elective

Communication: Media Writing concentration


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First Year

First Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(VCD 111)

Production of Social Media
(BRD 230)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Broadcast Writing
(BRD 216)

Design Solutions
(VCD 181)

Principles of Public Relations
(COM 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Online Journalism
(WRT 205)

Professional Communication Practices
(COM 355)

Integrated Advertising
(MKT 230)

Screenwriting
(FLM 128) or
BRD/COM/WRT 200 or higher elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Professional Copy Editing
(WRT 345)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

General elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Communication Field Practicum
(COM 475)

Digital Marketing
(MKT 350)

Legal Issues in Communication
(COM 365)

Writing for Public Relations
(COM 311) or
Grant Writing
(WRT 310) or
Technical Writing
(WRT 231) or
Screenwriting II
(FLM 328) or
Strategic Community Management
(MKT 430) or
Advanced Journalism Practicum: Writing
(WRT 340)

Second Semester

Communication Capstone 
(CCC 410COM)

MKT/FLM/SON/BRD/VCD/IXD 300 or 400 elective

Writing for Public Relations
(COM 311) or
Grant Writing
(WRT 310) or
Technical Writing
(WRT 231) or
Screenwriting II
(FLM 328) or
Strategic Community Management
(MKT 430) or
Advanced Journalism Practicum: Writing
(WRT 340)

General elective

Communication: Public Relations/Strategic Communications concentration


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First Year

First Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) or
Foundations of Human Communication
(COM 100)

Marketing
(MKT 110) or
Public Speaking
(COM 110)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) or
Math elective
(MTH XXX)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(VCD 111)

Principles of Public Relations
(COM 210)

Production for Social Media
(BRD 230)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Business of Public Relations
(COM 225)

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

Design Solutions
(VCD 181)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Professional Communication Practices
(COM 355)

Writing for Public Relations
(COM 311)

Digital Marketing
(MKT 350)

Form In Motion
(VCD 203) or
Web Design
(VCD 206) or
Creating Event Experiences
(EVT 125) or
Online Journalism
(WRT 205)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Consumer Behavior
(MKT 210) or
Event Promotion, Publicity & Sponsorship
(EVT 315) or
Event Planning & Coordination
(EVT 240)

General elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Public Relations Campaign Development & Management
(COM 400)

Brand & Account Management
(MKT 330) or
Digital Marketing Metrics & Analysis
(MKT 355) or
Advanced Advertising
(MKT 410)

COM/VCD/EVT/WRT 200 or higher elective

Communication Capstone Project
(CCC 410COM)

General elective

Second Semester

Communication Field Practicum
(COM 475)

Nonprofit & Social Marketing
(MKT 340) or
Advanced Digital Marketing
(MKT 360) or
Integrated Marketing Communication
(MKT 440)

Strategic Community Management
(MKT 430)

General elective

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