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College of Communications Symposium
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 (MRC Capstone) (3)
  • CCM 352W, Rhetorical Criticism (3) or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism (3)
  • JR 417, International Communication (3) or JR 418, Gender & Media: Global Views (3)
  • 15 credit-hours from the following:
    • 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 390, Special Topics (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 490, Special Topics (3)
    • CCM 440, 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 (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

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 or CCM 365W, Media & Cultural Criticism

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 358, Communication & Social Responsibility (W) (3)
  • ORG 315, Business and Professional Communication (C) (3)
  • One research methods course from the approved list: (3)
    • ORG 356, Communication Research Methods (W)                                                          
    • STR 327, Research Methods for Strategic Communication                                                         
    • CCM 352, Rhetorical Criticism 
  • Applied Technology Requirement—One course from the approved list:  (3)
    • CS 142, Intro to Computer Science and Prog.
    • CME 106, Survey of Digital Media
    • CME 208, Multimedia Graphics
    • CME 219, Design for Web
    • STR 251, Graphic Design
    • STR 351, Adv. Graphic Design
    • STR 355, Photo Graphic Comm.
    • JR 357, Web Design

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

Experiential Requirements (6 Hours), Junior Standing

  • ORG 362, Leadership & Communication (ICR) (3)
  • ORG 440, Professional or Academic Internship (3)

Select a Track

  • Organizational Communication
    • ORG 470, Advanced Organizational Communication (3)
    • Plus 9 credits from below
  • Human & Health Communication
    • ​ORG 453, Relational Communication (3)
    • Plus 9 credits from below
  • Leadership Studies
    • ​ORG 470,  Organizational Communication (3)
    • ORG 453, Relational Communication (3)
    • Plus 6 credits from below designated with a # or approval from your advisor
  • Available courses:
    • COM 305, Speech Team (limit to 3 credits) #          
    • ORG 351, Small Group Communication #             
    • ORG 357, Health Communication                                    
    • ORG 454, Persuasion, Comp., & Social Influence 
    • ORG 471, Communication & Globalization          
    • EI 201, Real Business Experience #                  
    • ED 348, Perspectives in Leadership #
    • COM 307, Debate Team (limit to 3 credits) #
    • ORG 355, Communication Consulting
    • ORG 453, Relational Communication
    • ORG 470, Advanced Org. Comm.
    • 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 (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

A minor or concentration is required, comprising 12–24 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 Human Communication & Organizational Leadership

Foundations

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

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

  • ORG 351, Small Group Communication               
  • ORG 355, Communication Consulting
  • ORG 356, Communication Research Methods
  • ORG 357, Health Communication
  • ORG 362, Leadership & Communication                                    
  • ORG 453, Relational Communication
  • ORG 454, Persuasion, Compliance, & Social Influence    
  • ORG 470, Advanced Organizational Communication       
  • ORG 471, Communication & Globalization         
  • 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.