Degree Timeline

Suggested Timeline for Communication and Media Studies Majors


  • Take introductory communication skills core courses (COM 108, ENG 101 and COM 103)
  • Get to know your Communication faculty members!
  • Familiarize yourself with the Communication Department's facilities
  • Get involved with The Eagle Eye by signing up for COM 104, a one-credit course that provides you with opportunities for hands-on learning about multimedia news production
  • Get involved with the COMment COM club, the campus news, and other campus organizations that hone your communication skills
  • In the summer: study abroad as the opportunity arises


  • Begin taking 200-level Communication courses (COM 202, COM 201, and COM 250 if you're interested in electronic media production) and keep taking core courses. Continue working for The Eagle Eye by registering for COM 204, a two-credit course for news staff.
  • Spring semester: meet with your advisor to review your readiness for upper-level Communication courses
  • In the summer: study abroad as the opportunity arises


  • Take 300-level Communication courses required for your major degree program as well as any electives you desire; complete your core courses and take general electives. Take a leadership position on The Eagle Eyeby registering for COM 304, a  three-credit course for news editorial staff.
  • Register for an Internship for your Junior or Senior year.
  • Spring semester: begin to make arrangements for your internship to be completed in summer and/or fall
  • Spring semester: begin to compile your Senior Portfolio (see faculty for guidelines)
  • In the summer: study abroad as the opportunity arises


  • Apply for a graduation by the deadline early in the academic year
  • Take 300- and 400-level Communication courses required in your major concentration.
  • Fall semester: Complete your internship
  • Spring semester: work with your advisor to prepare and submit your electronic Senior Portfolio
  • Spring semester: meet with Communication faculty for a portfolio review and exit interview.