Communication Major Curriculum

At Champlain, we believe that in order for you to get the most out of your experience, you need to start taking courses relevant to your major in the first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will already be prepared for field-specific internships.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? We've designed the curriculum so you can seamlessly continue your studies in another country during your junior year. Your Faculty Advisor will work with you to ensure your time abroad supports your goals.

You Can Apply to This Program Through:

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Communication Curriculum 2019–2020

A specialization is required in the Communication major. You can find each curriculum based on the specializations available. Please note that additional optional specializations are available and can be fulfilled using general elective credits.

Communication Curriculum with Communication Studies Specialization 


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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)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) OR

Math Elective
(MTH XXX)

Second Semester

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

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

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) OR
Math Elective
(MTH XXX)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(GDD 111) 

Audio Production
(BRD 130)

Broadcast Writing
(BRD 216)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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

(GDD 181)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 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)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*

(COR 330)

Applied Context/ Business Elective

Production Elective

Second Semester

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science with 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)

Media Communication Internship
(COM 490) OR
BRD/COM/FLM/SON/WRT/GDD 300 or 400 Elective

COM 300 or 400 Elective

General Elective

Communication Curriculum With Media Production Specialization


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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)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

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

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

Math Elective
(MTH XXX) OR
Video Storytelling 
(BRD 110)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(GDD 111) 

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

Audio Production
(BRD 130)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 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

(GDD 206) OR

Form In Motion

(GDD 203)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*

(COR 330)

Second Semester

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science with Lab

(SCI XXX)

FLM/SON/BRD/WRT/GDD 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)

Media Communication Internship
(COM 490)  OR
BRD/SON/MKT/GDD/FLM 300 or 400 Elective

Broadcast Management & Programming
(BRD 410)

General Elective

Communication Curriculum With Media Writing Specialization


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First Year

First Semester

Media & Society
(COM 120) OR

Foundations of Human Communication

(COM 100)

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

Math Elective

(MTH XXX) OR

Video Storytelling

(BRD 110)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

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

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

Video Storytelling
(BRD 110) OR
Math Elective
(MTH XXX)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(GDD 111) 

Production of Social Media 
(BRD 230) 

Fundamentals of Journalism
(WRT 200)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Broadcast Writing
(BRD 216)

Design Solutions 
(GDD 181) 

Principles of Public Relations

(COM 210)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 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)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*

(COR 330)

Second Semester

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Professional Copy Editing

(WRT 345)

Natural Science with 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)

Media Communication Internship
(COM 490) OR
MKT/FLM/SON/BRD/GDD/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 Curriculum With Public Relations/Strategic Communications Specialization


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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)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

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

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

Math Elective
(MTH XXX) OR
Video Storytelling 
(BRD 110)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Visual & Digital Fundamentals
(GDD 111) 

Principles of Public Relations 
(COM 210)

Production for Social Media
(BRD 230)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Business of Public Relations 
(COM 225)

Fundamentals of Journalism 
(WRT 200) 

Design Solutions

(GDD 181)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 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, 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 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

(GDD 203) OR

Web Design 

(GDD 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 two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

Natural Science with 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)

Media Communication Internship

(COM 490) OR

COM/GDD/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