Course Offerings

Course Offerings

NEW MEDIA MINOR (6 Courses, 18 credits)


1. Required Foundation Course (3 credits)

All New Media Minor students should complete the following foundation course (with grades no lower than a C-) before taking minor electives:

• Introduction to New Media (RTF 03295)

Prerequisite: CCII

(Note: RTF 03275 Applied Media Aesthetics is currently listed as a pre-req for Intro to New Media, this is a mistake that is in the process of being remedied. Please reach out to the New Media Minor Coordinator, Jonathan Olshefski -, to override this issue)

Introduction to New Media surveys emerging digital communication and entertainment media and teaches new media from the perspective of the producer. Students will discuss the evolution, social and historical implications, and production of media forms with an emphasis on social networking, user generated and other web media.

2. Technical Proficiency Electives (6 - 9 credits)

Each student must take a total of 2 technical proficiency electives (with grades no lower than a C-), if student takes all three of the following courses only one minor related elective is required:

• Participatory Media (CMS 04315)


An examination of social interactivity and networking in new media, providing a student in the minor with an option to more deeply understand the role of social media, among other emerging trends.

• Digital Journalism I (JRN 02321)

Prerequisite: Journalism, Principles & Practices

An exploration of writing and producing news for online consumption. This course would be a productive elective for a student leaning toward production of news-based media, including blogs.

• New Media Production (RTF 03394)

Prerequisite: Introduction to New Media

Hands-on instruction in design and implementation of websites, blogs, digital audio and video. Introduction to New Media (RTF 03295 is a prerequisite for this course.)

3. Minor Related Electives (3 -6 credits)

Each student must take a total of 2 minor related electives (with grades no lower than a C-) OR take 1 minor related elective if taking all three technical proficiency electives. Student must include one of two sequencing options:

1. 1 or 2 courses from the following list College of Communication & Creative Arts Electives (listed alphabetically by department below)


2. 1 course from the list of College of Communication & Creative Arts Electives, plus a second non-college elective (3 credits).
NOTE: Non-college electives must be approved prior to taking the course by the New Media Minor Coordinator.

CCCA Electives List:

• Essentials of Design (ADV 04370)

This course develops visual communication skills, teaching non-art majors how to think like a designer. Students will explore the creative design process with digital tools and design software, learning to effectively use and organize basic elements: typography, images, and color. They will examine and analyze case studies in graphic design, developing ability to critique design solutions. Students will use critical thinking skills, learning the essential descriptive vocabulary of graphic design and typography and how a designer's choices about type and image work together to communicate specific content.

• Web Design: Designing for the World Wide Web (ART 09358)

Prerequisite: Studio Core Portfolio Review and Intro to Graphic Design I

This course introduces students to basic concepts and techniques for conceptualizing, planning and designing intelligent, usable, and well-designed web sites. Students will explore principles in communication hierarchy based on contemporary internet standards for use on computer and/or mobile devices. They will learn to manage content and develop relationships of type and image for clarity, distinctiveness and contextual appropriateness. Students without the prerequisite may enroll with instructor’s permission.

• Time-Based Media: Video (ART 09375)

This course is a hands-on studio workshop that covers concepts, issues, and techniques related to video, exploring the growing range of genres and applications from within the arts and industry including video installation, narrative film, documentary film, performance video, and exhibition documentation. Students will create their own video-based projects as well as learn about the theory and practice of artists working in the medium. This course supports the fine arts experience by cultivating innovation, visual creativity, experimentation, intellectual enquiry and the acquisition of professional video production techniques.

• Mediated Interpersonal Communication (CMS 04316)

Prerequisite: CCI or College Sophomore Engineering Clinic I

The study of mediated interpersonal communication focuses on the role that communication technologies play in meaning making within interpersonal communication contexts, such as personal, family, community, and professional relationships. The purpose of the course will be to discuss the history and changing meaning of mediated interpersonal communications, survey relevant theoretical perspectives in the research literature, and apply those perspectives in contemporary issues. This course may not be offered annually.

• Digital Communities (CMS 04317)

Prerequisite: Public Speaking

This course focuses on the role of digital media in a group’s or organization’s communication practices. It includes a service learning component that allows students to apply what they are learning to a community management campaign for a local nonprofit organization. Students will learn about media ecology, network theory, the characteristics of community,strategies and approaches that groups and organizations us to enact a community management plan, best practices for messaging strategies and the ways in which discourse shapes understanding, details about what online community managers do and why they do it, and ways to adapt messaging to specific technological platforms. This course may not be offered annually.

• Photojournalism (JRN 02314)

Prerequisite: 45 Credits

This course covers the practices and techniques used by photojournalists on modern American newspapers. Students take digital photographs and edit in Photoshop. Weekly laboratory assignments are required.

• Media ethics (JRN 02319)

Prerequisite: Journalism Principles & Practices

Discussions, case histories, and analyses of right and wrong in media, and the considerable gray area in between right and wrong. Examination of these areas is provided in Introduction to New Media; therefore, a stand-along course in ethics is not essential. However, this course adds many layers of knowledge and understanding and will be of particular benefit for any student considering, for example, a career in new-media management.

• Online Journalism II (JRN 02325)

Prerequisite: Online Journalism I

Specific instruction in presentation and structure of news for the Web. Again, a choice for students pursing journalistic endeavors.

Data Journalism (JRN 02363)

Prerequisite: 45 Credits

This course covers the basic concepts and techniques of data journalism to inform and engage the public. Students will find, evaluate, organize and analyze data and learn how to transform it into compelling news stories and graphic visualizations.

• IMC & New Media Overview (MAPR 01565)


• Strategic Visual Communication (MAPR 01568)

The ability to conceive, produce and deploy rich visual imagery is now a core requirement for advertising and PR practitioners. To help students prepare for this rapidly evolving field, this class explores how and why visual media have overtaken text-based content. Through practical, hands-on individual experiences and class projects, it provides a framework for understanding the different types of visual media and their participants, choosing the right tools, and devising the strategies to succeed in this new digital era.

• Online Public Relations (MAPR 06515)

The tools and techniques of reaching and influencing the public through web-based and interactive media. An obvious choice for students pursuing PR or marketing.

• Writing, Research, and Technology (WA 01301)

Understanding of writing styles in a cybermedia context, with a strong emphasis on web-based research. A particularly useful elective for those planning a career involving educational or academic use of interactive media.

• Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555: a graduate course that can be taken under senior privilege)

Focusing on how writing reaches and impacts various online audiences, this elective will be particularly productive for students who wish to concentrate in written online material, such as blogs and opinion pieces.

• Information Architecture (MAWR 01564)

Information Architecture explores the connections among web site usability, interactivity, design, and navigation principles as each relate to the written content. Students investigate how written content influences the look and user-friendliness of web sites. Specific issues addressed in the course include presenting content for audiences with disabilities or for non-English speakers; privacy and security concerns; and the rise of information anxiety in the general public.

• Internet and Writing Studies (MAWR 01620)

This is a theory driven seminar course with a practical component wherein students will learn HTML, CSS, and how to compose web sites according to the latest theories on web design. Students will read scholarly texts that introduce them to the evolution of written communication and writing technologies, Internet studies, and hypertext theory. Students will use these texts and theories to both analyze and compose various web sites, including an online portfolio of work they would like to showcase for future employers or graduate schools.

• Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition (MAWR 01621)

Probing the deeper ways in which new media communicate; a good elective choice for students interested in online public relations, advertising, marketing, or for students interested in the study of new media effects.

Foundations in Media Production (RTF 03201)

This course is a hands-on overview of the technology currently applied in the fields of radio, television, film and new media. From the elements of photography, sound capture, editing, lighting, and studio operation, students will rotate through workshops and assignments that will give them the necessary foundations to pursue more field-specific courses in media production. This course is only open to RTF majors.

Film Production 1 (RTF 03370)

Prerequisite: Applied Media Aesthetics

The course introduces students to the principles and techniques of film style production. Students work in production teams to make a series of short films designed to familiarize them with film production techniques including camera operation, shot composition, and editing. In addition students gain experience applying basic cinematic narrative concepts.

• New Media Production 2 (RTF 03472)

Prerequisite: New Media Production

This class builds upon the production foundation that was started in the New Media Production 1 course. It will provide the opportunity to further develop technical skills relating to new media.

• Internship (varies: all departments in the College of Communication currently offer their own section of internship)

In keeping with the College of Communication's tradition of integrating classroom and the workplace, an elective internship - chosen in consultation with the New Media Coordinator and based in production and use of new media - will serve as a valuable learning experience to students who have the inclination and opportunity to work in new media settings during an internship experience.

4. Required Capstone Course (3 credits)

• New Media Practicum (INTR 01490)

Prerequisite: Introduction to New Media, 4 approved minor electives

New Media Practicum provides students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge they have gathered through the Minor in New Media by synthesizing what they have learned it into a cohesive and sophisticated project that will be exemplary of the student's particular strengths and interests.

In addition to the experiential benefit of producing the capstone project, the student is also expected to present the work in such a way that it can serve as part of or a complete portfolio of new-media work that would be of interest to potential employers, graduate schools, or other interested parties. Students plan the project with an assigned adviser and meet various agreed-upon milestones throughout the semester.