Department of Communication Undergraduate Program

 

Program Description
Admission Requirements
Degree Requirements
Minor Requirements
Undergraduate Courses
Financial Assistance
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Program Description

The Department of Communication at Eastern New Mexico University offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in communication with an emphasis in one of four areas: public relations, journalism, broadcast journalism, and broadcast production. Our dynamic program combines theory and research with hands-on experience to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in public relations, journalism, television and radio broadcasting, as well as many other fields where the ability to communicate effectively is central.

For students majoring in other departments who would like to pursue additional study in communication, the department offers three minors: communication studies, journalism, and broadcast media.

The Department of Communication is dedicated to preparing students to meet the challenges of a media-convergent society by providing instruction in theory and skill development in message construction in all of its many forms. Students explore the rich history and tradition of communication, from its theories to practices, from critical analysis of messages, to ethical responsibility in communication. In addition to developing expertise in their major emphasis area, all graduates of our program develop the ability to express ideas effectively, think critically and make ethical decisions, and demonstrate appropriate command of communication theory. Our program also prepares students for pursuing graduate degrees in communication.

Please note that this is not an online program. Although some courses are offered online, most communication courses must be completed in-person on ENMU's campus in Portales.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for students seeking an undergraduate degree in communication are the same as those for general admission to the university: ACT or SAT scores, official transcripts (high school or college, depending on if you are a new or transfer student), and completion of the ENMU Admissions Application. You are not required to submit an entrance essay or letters of recommendation. Click to start the application process.

Once accepted to the university you can declare your major in communication and select a specific emphasis (public relations, journalism, broadcast journalism, or broadcast production). For more information on declaring or changing your major, contact your academic advisor or call the Advising Center at 575.562.2338.

Degree Requirements

Our program is designed to be completed in four years. Regardless of their emphasis, all students majoring in communication complete the following core requirements:

Communication Core Requirements (30 hours)

ART 143 Digital Media II (3)
COMM 102 Public Speaking (3)
COMM 103 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
COMM 110 Beginning Television Production (3)
COMM 204 Foundational Writing for Communication (3)
COMM 205 Beginning Reporting (3)
COMM 300 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
COMM 410 Applied Writing for the Media (3)
COMM 415 Media Ethics (3)
COMM 498 Senior Seminar (3)

Students with a major emphasis in public relations complete the following additional courses:

Public Relations Emphasis Requirements (24 hours)

ART 340 Publication Design (3)
COMM 260 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
COMM 303 Public Relations Techniques (3)
COMM 360A Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 360B Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 360C Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 460 Public Relations Cases and Campaigns (3)
Students must also complete any two upper-division (300-/400-level) COMM courses (6).

Students with a major emphasis in journalism complete the following additional courses:

Journalism Emphasis Requirements (24 hours)

ART 326 Web Design (3)
COMM 212 Introduction to Digital Photography (3)
COMM 304 Intermediate Reporting (3)
COMM 360A Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 360B Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 360C Journalism/PR Practicum (2)
COMM 402 Advanced Reporting (3)
COMM 412 Photojournalism (3)
Students must also complete one upper-division (300-/400-level) COMM course (3).

Students with a major emphasis in broadcast journalism complete the following additional courses:

Broadcast Journalism Emphasis Requirements (24 hours)

ART 326 Web Design (3)
COMM 220 Intermediate Television Production (3)
COMM 302 TV Field Reporting (3)
COMM 311/L Editing (4)
COMM 327 Broadcast Journalism (3)
COMM 344A Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344B Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344C Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344D Broadcast Practicum (2)

Students with a major emphasis in broadcast production complete the following additional courses:

Broadcast Production Emphasis Requirements (24 hours)

COMM 210 Audio Production (3)
COMM 220 Intermediate Television Production (3)
COMM 311/L Editing (4)
COMM 344A Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344B Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344C Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 344D Broadcast Practicum (2)
COMM 420 Documentary Writing and Production (3) OR
COMM 422/L Directing for Television (3)
Students must also complete one upper-division (300-/400-level) COMM course (3).

Minor Requirements

The Department of Communication offers three distinct minors that are designed to be completed in two or three semesters. Although communication majors may not also choose a communication minor, if you are already majoring in another department a communication minor is a great way to get advanced study in communication without having to add several years to your time at Eastern.

Communication Studies Minor

This minor focuses on the study of human communication with regard to public speaking, politics, culture, and theory, with one additional elective chosen from areas such as popular culture, gender, organizational communication, nonverbal communication, research methods, and interpersonal or family communication. A total of 15 hours are required from the following courses:

COMM 102 Public Speaking (3)
COMM 300 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
COMM 330 Power Games: Politics and Media (3)
COMM 334 Persuasive Communication (3)
Students must also complete 3 credit hours from the following courses: COMM 301, COMM 310, COMM 331, COMM 380, COMM 390, COMM 447, COMM 470, COMM 475, COMM 477, or COMM 493
(if the special topics offering is a communication studies course)

Journalism Minor

The journalism minor is a writing-intensive program that focuses on reporting for both print and new media. Students have the opportunity to publish their work in one of Eastern New Mexico University's premiere student publications, The Chase newspaper or HoundBytes, an online magazine. A total of 15 hours are required from the following courses:

COMM 103 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
COMM 204 Foundational Writing for Communication (3)
COMM 205 Beginning Reporting (3)
COMM 304 Intermediate Reporting (3)
COMM 402 Advanced Reporting (3)

Broadcast Media

This unique minor offers students an introduction to mass communication and professional broadcasting. If you're interested in learning more about television or radio, this minor is for you. Classes in reporting, audio production, and television production provide a foundation for careers in broadcasting or for future study. Interested students have the opportunity to gain additional experience at KENW, the public television and radio station located on Eastern's campus, as well as the student-run radio station.

COMM 103 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
COMM 110 Beginning Television Production (3)
COMM 205 Beginning Reporting (3)
COMM 210 Audio Production (3)
COMM 220 Intermediate Television Production (3)
COMM 327 Broadcast Journalism (3)

Undergraduate Courses

For a complete list of courses and detailed course descriptions, please see the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Financial Assistance

Eastern New Mexico University offers a number of scholarships, grants, and loans for new and continuing students. Click for more information on these university-level awards and loans, or contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 575.562.2194.

In addition to university-level aid, there are several scholarships available specifically for communication majors. For new students declaring a major in communication, a limited number of participation grants may be available at the beginning of each fall semester. For more information on these awards, contact Dr. Patricia Dobson.

For continuing students, the ENMU Foundation administers three distinct communication scholarships: The Dr. and Mrs. P.M. Bailey Scholarship in Communication, the Gordon Greaves Memorial Scholarship in Journalism, and the Communication Faculty Scholarship. To be considered for these awards you must be a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applications for these competitive awards are due every spring semester on March 1. Click for more information.

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Click to begin the application process with Eastern New Mexico University.

For more information about our program or to schedule a department tour, complete an online information request form or contact Dr. Patricia Dobson.

Dr. Patricia A. Dobson
Chair, Department of Communication
ENMU Station 27
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Patricia.Dobson@enmu.edu
575.562.2140