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Communication and Media Studies

CMS Majors/Minors

Major in Critical Communication & Media Studies

Students choosing Critical Communication and Media Studies as their major will be required to fulfill 33 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • CCM 310, Media & Cultural Theory (3)
  • CCM 315, Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • CCM 398C, Argumentation & Advocacy (3)
  • CCM 482, Voices of Dissent & Social Change (CCM Capstone) (3)
  • CCM 352W, Rhetorical Criticism (3) or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism (3)
  • JR 417, Global Media (3) or JR 325, Gender & Media: Global Views (3)
  • 15 credit-hours from the following (choose 5 courses; for FILM specialization "*" courses required):
    • CCM 308*, History of Film (3)
    • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
    • CCM 330*, Race & Difference (3)
    • CCM 354, Gender & Communication (3)
    • CCM 363, Freedom if Speech & Democracy (3)
    • CCM 368, Media & Politics (3)
    • CCM 376*, Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
    • CCM 420*, Queering Film (3)
    • CCM 430*, Rhetoric of Horror Films (3)
    • CCM 462, Influence in Public Culture (3)
    • CCM 463, Freedom of Speech and Democracy (3)
    • CCM 466, Audience, Community & Fandom (3)
    • CCM 468, Women & Rock (3)
    • CCM 470, Sports, Media & Culture (3)
    • CCM 481, Technologies of the Body (3)
    • CCM 4##, Apprenticeship and Internship (3)

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (3 credit hours at a 204 level or above or scoring an intermediate level or above on a proctored exam).

A minor (recommended) or concentration is required, comprising 12 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

Minor in Critical Communication & Media Studies

Students interested in a minor in Critical Communication and Media Studies will take:

  • SW 266, Media Literacy (3)
  • CCM 310, Media & Cultural Theory (3) or CCM 315, Rhetorical Theory (3)
  • CCM 398, Argumentation & Advocacy (3)
  • CCM 352W, Rhetorical Criticism (3) or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism (3)

In addition, six credits from the following options are required:

  • CCM 308, History of Film (3)
  • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
  • CCM 330, Race & Difference (3)
  • CCM 354, Gender & Communication (3)
  • CCM 368, Media & Politics (3)
  • CCM 376, Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
  • CCM 420, Queering Film (3)
  • CCM 462, Influence in Public Culture (3)
  • CCM 463, Freedom of Speech & Democracy (3)
  • CCM 466, Audience, Community & Fandom (3)
  • CCM 468, Women & Rock (3)
  • CCM 470, Sports, Media & Culture (3)
  • CCM 481, Technologies of the Body (3)
  • CCM 482, Voices of Dissent & Social Change (3)
  • CCM 485, Media, Rhetoric & Culture Capstone (3)

Minor in Film Studies

Required Courses—18 credit hours

  • CCM 308, History of Film (3)
  • CCM 376, Film, Culture & Criticism (3)
  • Film Analysis and Theory—Choose Three:
    • CCM 320, Documentary Film & Culture (3)
    • CCM 330, Representations of Race & Difference (3)
    • CCM 420, Queering Film (3)
    • CCM 430, Rhetoric of Horror Films (3)
    • CME 311, Genres in Cinema (3)
    • EN 393/394, Special Topics in Film (3) 
  • The Liberal Arts Through Film: Choose One
    • ​AN326, Youth Conflict and Global Cinema (3)
    • GR360, German Film (3)
    • HST 349, U.S. History Through Film (3)
    • MH452, History of Film Music (3)
    • PO 384, Politics Through Film (3)
    • SP360, Hispanic Film (3)
    • TI234-HST, Reel America (3)

Major in Human Communication & Organizational Leadership

Students choosing Human Communication and Organizational Leadership as their major will be required to fulfill 36 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

Foundations

  • ORG 253, Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • ORG 270, Organizational Communication (3)
  • ORG 315, Business and Professional Communication (C) (3)
  • ORG 358, Communication & Social Responsibility (ICR) (3)
  • ORG 362, Leadership & Communication (3)
  • ORG 453, Relational Communication (3)
  • ORG 470, Advanced Organizational Communication (WI) (3)

Experiential Requirements (3 Hours)

  • ORG 440, Professional or Academic Internship (3)

Research Methods Requirements (3 credit hours; select one course)

  • ORG 356, Communication Research Methods (3)                                                         
  • STR 327, Research Methods for Strategic Communication (3)                                                           
  • CCM 352, Rhetorical Criticism (3)   

Applied Technology Requirement (3 credit hours; select one course)

  • CS 142, Intro to Computer Science and Program (3)  
  • CME 219, Design for Web (3)  
  • STR 251, Graphic Design (3)  
  • STR 351, Adv. Graphic Design (3)  
  • STR 355, Photo Graphic Comm. (3)  

Applied technology courses require completion of prerequisites or approval from offering department.

*Plus 6 credits from the elective courses listed below:

  • COM 305, Speech Team (limit to 3 credits)
  • ORG 351, Small Group Communication
  • ORG 357, Health Communication                                    
  • ORG 454, Persuasion, Comp., & Social Influence         
  • EI 201, Real Business Experience      
  • ED 453, Perspectives in Leadership
  • COM 306, Debate Team (limit to 3 credits) 
  • ORG 481, Topics in Communication
  • EI 325, Social Entrepreneurship #

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (3 credit hours at a 204 level or above or scoring an intermediate level or above on a proctored exam).

A minor or concentration is required, comprising 12–24 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement. May be in CCOM or other department or program at Butler. 12 credit hours of a concentration outside primary major as approved by advisor.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

Minor in Human Communication & Organizational Leadership

Foundations

  • ORG 253, Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • ORG 270, Organizational Communication (3)
  • ORG 315, Business and Professional Commuication (C) (3)
  • ORG 358, Communication & Social Responsibility (ICR) (3)
  • Plus 6 hours of course credits from any upper level (300-400) course (Plus 6)

Examples of upper-level courses that could round out a minor: 

  • ORG 351, Small Group Communication               
  • ORG 356, Communication Research Methods
  • ORG 357, Health Communication
  • ORG 362, Leadership & Communication (ICR)                                   
  • ORG 453, Relational Communication
  • ORG 454, Persuasion, Compliance, & Social Influence    
  • ORG 470, Advanced Organizational Communication                
  • ORG 481, Topics in Communication

Concentration Requirements, 12 Hours

A concentration in ORG must be made up of at least 12 hours in ORG and 9 of these hours must be 300-400 level.

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.