2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, BA, Concentration: Communication & Media Studies

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About the Program

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major and Concentration Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (33 Credits)

Free Electives (33 Credits) - choose eleven (11) free elective courses for further study in Communication or for Minor(s) in any department

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all Major and Concentration Core courses; minimum grade of C- required for all Gen Ed and CHESS College Core courses; 2.0 GPA

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Freshman Seminar in Communication (FYE) requirement also met with any other PNW (FYE) course from 1-3 credit

Note 2: Free Elective:  choose electives for further study in Communication or for Minor in any department.  Prerequisites may apply.  Up to 15 credits of free electives at 30000 level or higher may be required to meet Purdue University Northwest residency rule

Note 3: Select from any Communication & Creative Arts General Education Core courses. Once you use a course for this section, it cannot be used for other sections

Note 4: The Communication & Media Studies Concentration capstone course is COM 46300 - Mass Media Criticism

Note 5: All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000 and CHSS 40000 must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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