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Digital Communication

About This Program

A career in public relations, marketing, social media, or journalism can start with the B.A. in Digital Communication program from Georgian Court University.

We’ve balanced hands-on creation with foundational and experiential learning in the communications field. You’ll learn presentation, web design, writing, research, video production, and editing skills that will enable you to craft and convey high-impact messages that get results in the private and public sectors.

Program

To earn a B.A. in Digital Communication, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Major sequence courses (42 credits)
    • Core courses (27 credits)
    • Concentration courses (15 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Core:

  • CM100 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  • CM101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
  • CM105 Public Speaking (3)
  • CM217 Media Production (3)
  • CM305 Media Law & Ethics (3)
  • CM310 Interpersonal Communication in a Digital Age (3)
  • CM401 Communication Theory & Research (3)
  • CM405 Digital Communication Internship (3)
  • CM465 Digital Communication Professional Practices (3)

Concentrations:

Students will choose one of two concentrations: journalism and strategic communication or visual communication and media studies.

Journalism & Strategic Communication Concentration (15 credits chosen from among the following)

  • CM210/EN210 Writing for the Mass Media (3)
  • CM213/EN213 News Writing & Reporting (3)
  • CM220 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
  • CM222/EN222 Digital News Editing (3)
  • CM230/EN230 Writing on the Web (3)
  • CM252 Organizational Communication (3)
  • CM308 Special Events (3)
  • CM341/EN341 Public Relations Writing (3)
  •  CM403 Digital Journalism (3)

Visual Communication & Media Studies Concentration (15 credits chosen from among the following)

  • CM113 Visual Communication (3)
  • CM210/EN210 Writing for the Mass Media (3)
  • CM213/EN213 News Writing and Reporting (3)
  • CM225 Transmedia Storytelling (3)
  • CM230/EN230 Writing on the Web (3)
  • CM251 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • CM302 Mass Media & Social Issues (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • AR111 Drawing I (3)
    • AR113 Visual Thinking & Design (3)
    • AR422 Creative Photography I (3)

Boost your writing, speaking, and media skills with a minor in digital communication from GCU. This focus complements a wide variety of majors and positions graduates for career success in a variety of professional settings.

Program

To earn a minor in digital communication from GCU, you must successfully complete 18 credits in digital communication courses (at least 9 credits at GCU), including:

  • CM105 Public Speaking (3)
  • CM113 Visual Communication (3)
  • CM217 Media Production (3)
  • CM305 Media Law & Ethics (3)
  • Digital communication electives (6)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirements for completion of an internship:

  1. Be sure to discuss the requirements and expectations of the Digital Communication internship with your advisor.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with Theodora Sergiou, SBDM internship coordinator – https://georgian.as.me/?calendarID=2795200.
  3. Complete the Internship Registration and Contract using Career Link.
    • On the Georgian Court website, select the tab for “Services & Support”, then select “Career Services. Or go to https://georgian.edu/careerlink.
    • Select the “Student” icon. Sign in using the GCU username and the password you created for this account (it is not your GCU password). If this is your first time signing in, enter your GCU password and select “Activate” account to complete your profile and create a password.
    • Once logged on, select Experiential Learning from the action menu and SBDM Internship Documentation Forms.
    • Complete the SBDM Approval Form online and submit it. It will be sent to the internship coordinator.
  4. After the internship is approved by the Internship Coordinator, employer, and Dean, you will be able to register electronically for the course.
  5. During the internship you should:
    • Maintain a weekly journal of hours worked, tasks performed, and personal reflections.
    • Regularly review your progress with the internship coordinator and employer.
  6. During the last week of the internship, go back into CareerLink, select SBDM Internship Documentation Forms to submit the Internship Evaluation form online. The form will be electronically forwarded to your employer. When the employer has completed and submitted the evaluation, it will automatically be sent to the internship coordinator.
  7. At the conclusion of the semester, you will prepare a PowerPoint presentation on your internship experience. The presentation should contain:
    • an overview of the enterprise sponsoring the internship, including history, scope, mission, organizational structure, and clients;
    • your job description, including your interactions as an intern with others in the company, office, or organization;
    • how you achieved your learning objectives, including GCU courses and other skills you were able to apply; and
    • a self-reflection on the impact of the internship on your career choice, goals, and plans.

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