Majors and Minors


The world of communication is fascinating, complex, and ever-changing. The communication major at Cleveland State University offers students a general introduction to the dynamics of human relationships, the impact of news, and the role technology plays in American society. It provides students with a broad-based education on the impact, implications, and ethics of human communication. The major provides specialized training in reporting, public speaking, film production and digital media.


Communication jobs can be found in every aspect of society. Students who focus on journalism and public relations can find employment in the local news media, as well as in a host of public relations and advertising firms. Those whose coursework emphasizes communication and health should be attractive to the health care industry, which needs specialists who appreciate nuances of health communication. Related jobs include mediator, fundraiser, and director of corporate communications. Employers in the burgeoning communication production field will need to hire individuals who can competently produce films or are capable of making videos using digital technologies.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Communications major .

NOTE: The requirements listed below are unofficial. For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

The general communication major at Cleveland State University offers students a unique combination of academic excellence and career-related training. Our faculty are among the finest in the nation, recently ranking eighth in the country in communication research productivity. Part-time instructors and lecturers are reporters at The Plain Dealer, executives at local public relations firms, widely-respected filmmakers, and corporate consultants.

Students have access to numerous facilities, including the Digital Video Communication Center, with its digital video editing workstations, and the Communication Research Center that has state-of-the-art computer-assisted telephone interviewing. The School of Communication is the home of The Cleveland Stater, the University’s respected laboratory newspaper. It also houses Picture This, an independent film school that has sponsored special courses taught by nationally-prominent writers or film-makers.

Communication majors can gain valuable networking opportunities through the School’s internship program, as well as through an undergraduate promotional communication organization. Major public figures regularly give lectures at the School. U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich and Plain Dealer Publisher Alex Machaskee addressed the School last year.

A total number of 128 hours (40 hours for the major) are required for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication. All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at


First Semester
COM 101 Principles of Communication

Second Semester
COM 303 Communication Inquiry

Third Semester
COM 211 Communicating in Personal Relationships or
COM 226 Mass Media and Society or
COM 327 Media Criticism

Fourth Semester
COM 350 Persuasive Communication and Attitude Change or
COM 359 International Communication or
COM 362 Health Communication

Fifth Semester
COM 330 Nonverbal Communication
COM 346 Communication in Organizations

Sixth Semester
COM 370 Communication Technology and Social Change

Seventh Semester
Capstone Course *See below

Eighth Semester
COM 380 Family Communication

* CAPSTONE COURSES (4 credit hours required):
COM 401 Advanced Video/Audio Production
COM 405 Electronic Journalism
COM 411 Film Production II
COM 427 Laboratory Newspaper II
COM 444 Mediation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
COM 447 Public Relations Writing
COM 448 Managing Organizational Teams
COM 449 Advanced Issues in Health Communication
COM 450 Media Programming and Research
COM 455 Communication Campaigns
COM 475 Communication and Training in Organizations

For more information, contact:
School of Communication
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 233
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4630

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