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The University of Michigan
Department of Communication Studies
5370 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Phone: 734-764-0420
Fax: 734-764-3288
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm
COMMUNICATION STUDIES CHECKLIST
(Effective: FALL 2013-Summer 2016)
Name:_____________________________________________________________________________
UMID:_________________________________ Uniqname: ___________________________________
Prerequisite and Declaration Process:

The four prerequisite courses (COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122) must be completed prior to declaration.

COMM 101, 102, 121 and 122 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course AND
at least a 2.7 prerequisite grade point average (43.2 honor points).

Students must declare no later than second semester junior year.

Additional information can be found on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/comm/undergraduate.

To declare the major students must attend an in-person declaration briefing after completing the 4 prerequisites.
Advising appointments are scheduled online through the department’s website at: www.lsa.umich.edu/comm.
Calculating Grade Point Average for Prerequisite Courses:
Determine letter grade for required courses and enter letter grades and numerical equivalents below.
Multiply numerical equivalent by # of credit hours in each course to determine honor points for the course.
Add honor points for each course to determine total honor points for the prerequisite courses.
Divide total honor points by # of credit hours (16) to determine average GPA for prerequisite courses.
Honor point values: A+/A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7, C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- = 1.7, D+ = 1.3, D = 1.0, D- = 0.7, E = 0.0
Prerequisites to the Major (16 credits)
Term
Grade
Numerical
Points
Credits
*Comm 101
The Mass Media
4
*Comm 102
Media Processes and Effects
4
*Comm 121
Comm 122
Quantitative Skills for
Communication Studies
Media Analysis: Concepts and
Methods
*requires freshman or sophomore standing. Prerequisites are enforced in Wolverine
Access.
4
4
Sum Honor Points
**Prerequisite GPA
**Prerequisite GPA is calculated by dividing Sum Honor Points by total number of
prerequisite credits (16) Sum Honors Points must be 43.2 or greater.
Transfer credit is NOT allowed for any Communication Studies prerequisite course!
Honor
Points
COMMUNICATION STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR
At least 24 credits in Communication Studies from requirements below:
1. 200-level Core Requirements (8 credits)
Students must choose two courses below. Comm 271 requires completion of Comm 101 with a C- or better.
Comm 261 and 281 require completion of Comm 102 with a C- or better.
Term
Credits
Comm 251
Understanding Media Industries
4
Comm 261
Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content
4
Communication Revolutions
4
Media Psychology
4
(prereq: 102)
Comm 271
(prereq: 101)
Comm 281
(prereq: 102)
Grade
2. Upper-level Communication Studies Requirements (16 credits)
a. One ULWR course numbered Comm 350-399
ULWR
(4 credits)
Term
Credits
Grade
4
b. Comm elective credits at the 300-400 level
Electives
c. One Capstone seminar numbered Comm 450-499
Capstone
(9 credits)
Term
Credits
Grade
Credits
Grade
(3 credits)
Term
3
TOTAL major credit requirement (including prerequisites) = 40 credits
Notes:

COMM 321 (Internship for Credit) cannot be used to satisfy major requirements.

No more than 3 credits from COMM 322 (Research Practicum), 441 or 442 (Independent Study) may apply to major
requirements.

No more than 3 credits from COMM 491 or 492 (Honors Seminar) may apply to major requirements (additional credit may be
applied to general bachelor’s degree requirements).

No more than 3 credits from COMM 450-490 may be used toward major requirements.
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Undergraduate Major Courses
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251
261
271
281
Title
200-level Core Courses
Understanding Media Industries
Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content
Communication Revolutions
Media Psychology
CR
305
313
315
317
318
325
300-level Elective Courses
Survey of Media Topics (topics vary)
Behind the Digital Screen
Critical Approaches to the Internet
Designing Persuasive Communication
Media and Violence (PSYCH 318)
Media and Globalization
326
American Magazines (AMCULT 326)
4
443
327
329
334
335
347
Media Economics
Media and Political Behavior (POLSCI 329)
Race, U.S. Culture & Digital Games (AMCULT 334)
History of Broadcasting
Advertising and the New Media Environment
3
4
4
4
3
444
445
446
447
448
350
362
365
371
380
ULWR Courses
Rise and Demise of Mass Culture
Digital Media Foundations
Visual Culture and Visual Literacy
Media, Culture and Society
Persuasion, Communication and Campaigns
4
4
4
4
4
321
322
Independent Study Courses
Undergraduate Internship
Faculty Directed Research Practicum
1-3
1-3
455
456
457
460
461
463
464
465
466
441
Independent Reading
3-4
467
442
Independent Research
3-4
404
405
408
409
411
413
415
418
419
400-Level Elective Courses
Mass Media Topics (topics vary)
Seminar in Mass Media (topics vary)
Mass Media Effects Topics (topics vary)
Seminar in Mass Media Effects (topics vary)
Mass Communication and Public Opinion (SOC 411)
Environmental Communication (ENVIRON 413)
Communication, Identity and Public Sphere (R&E)
Designing Web Research
Seminar in Research Methods (topics vary)
469
470
475
477
480
482
483
486
487
490
491
492
4
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4
4
3-4
4
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3
4
4
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#
421
422
423
424
425
426
428
430
431
432
435
439
440
Title
Media Law and Policy
Social Media and Politics
Computer Mediated Communication
Race, Gender and New Media
Internet, Society and Law
Gender and the Media
Gender, Media and the Law
The Media in U.S. History
Supreme Court News
Foreign News Coverage
Ethics Issues in Journalism
Seminar in Journalistic Performance (topics vary)
Global Iconic Events
LA, Bombay, Hong Kong: Cultural Industries in
Transition
Race, Representation and the Media (R&E)
Music and Mediated Identity
Reality and Television
Women and Islam: The Politics of Representation
Media and the Body
400-level Capstone Seminars
Global Visual Cultures
Critical Issues in Television: The Post Network Era
Citizenship after Television (R&E)
History of Technology and Modern Culture
Visuality and New Media
Communication and Political Representation
Social Consequences of Mobile Communication
Health Communication and Health Behavior Change
Global Digital Politics
Debating Politics and Science: Science, News,
Public Opinion and Policy
Play and Technology
Minority Self-Representation in Media (R&E)
Mass Media in the World
Media and Celebrity Culture
Strategic and Persuasive Communication
Children and the Media
Media and Intergroup Conflict
Aftro-Asian Popular Culture (R&E)
African Americans in Popular Culture (R&E)
Capstone Topics Seminar (topics vary)
Senior Honors Seminar I
Senior Honors Thesis
NOTES:
1. Not all courses offered each term
2. Comm 321, Undergraduate Internship
Credit earned from Comm 321 does NOT count toward major requirements.
3. Comm 322, Undergraduate Research Practicum
A maximum of 3 credits from Comm 322, 441 or 442 may be applied to major requirements. Additional credits may be
counted toward general bachelor’s degree requirements).
4. Comm 441/442, Independent Study
A maximum of 3 credits from Comm 322, 441 or 442 may be applied to major requirements. Additional credits may be
counted toward general bachelor’s degree requirements).
5. Repeatable Courses:
Comm 305 may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits under different topics.
Comm 404, 405, 408, 409, 419, 439 may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different topics.
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