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Requirements

Major

A major in Communication Studies consists of twelve courses, plus a senior seminar or other evaluation (see below).  No course can be double-counted to meet more than one of the 13 slots for the major. At least nine of the courses must be liberal arts in nature. Students must pass COMM1001 (or transfer in a comparable course) with a grade of C+ or better before declaring the major.  Other course grades must be "C" or better to qualify for major credit. A maximum of 6 courses can be transferred in from another institution for major credit. The twelve courses begin with a required core of seven:

  • Introductory communication studies: COMM 1001
  • The following course in speech and interpersonal communication: COMM 2009
  • The following course in communication theory: COMM 2090
  • One of the following courses in written communication:  ENW 2040, ENW 4003, ENW4004, ENW 4011, ENW 4012, DTH 3244. Check with English and Dance/Theater about courses that have prerequisites. Doing a Comm major does not guarantee you entrance to given courses without meeting prerequisites.
  • One of the following courses in film, photography or broadcasting history and criticism: ARH 1030, ENG 2083, ENG 2088, ENG 2089, COMM 3030, ENG 4010, ENG 4020. Please check about any prerequisites for courses.
  • One course in the production of visual or aural communication (all are non-liberal arts)**: COMM 2050, ART 3004, ART 3035, ART 3062, ART 3064, ART 4004, ART 4008, ART4010, ART 4048, ART 4049, ART 4067, ART 4076, ART 4090, MUA 1007, MUA 2011.  Check with Studio Art and Music about courses that have prerequisites. Doing a Comm major does not guarantee you entrance to given courses without meeting prerequisites.
  • One seminar, requiring a research paper: ARH 3072, COMM3044, COMM3046, COMM 3070, COMM 3071, COMM 3072, COMM3080, SOC 3050, SOC 3088, ENG 3075, ENG 3173, ENG4030. Check with the relevant department about any course pre-requisites.

The remaining five elective courses will consist of two concentrations.  Students take three courses in one area and two courses in another.  Two concentrations MUST be chosen from the three below.  The five courses must come from at least two departments (e.g. COMM and ENG; ART and SOC; COMM and DTH; ENG, ARH and ART; etc.) and include at least two 3000-level (or intermediate/advanced 4000-level) courses. Two courses cannot be introductory 1000/2000-level. (Please note that some 4000-level courses are at the beginner's level.) At least three of the five electives must be liberal arts. Non-liberal arts classes are indicated with **. Classes counting as electives within concentrations cannot be double-counted in the core or as the senior evaluation.  The three concentrations are:

Interpersonal and Public Communication

  • COMM 2010 Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
  • COMM2021 Public Relations and American Culture
  • COMM2022 Advertising and American Popular Culture
  • COMM 2030 Communicating in the Business World**
  • COMM 2037 Small Group Discussion and Communication
  • COMM 2035 Argumentation, Persuasion and Debate
  • COMM3070 Media Ethics
  • COMM3072 Media Industries & Information Technology: From Gutenberg to the Internet
  • COMM3080 Gender and Communication
  • DTH 3314 Performance Seminar: Collaborative Process
  • DTH 4010 Voice and Speech**
  • DTH 4114 Contact Improvisation**
  • ENW 4012 Journalism 2
  • MGT 2012 Consumer Behavior**
  • MGT 2015 Organizational Behavior**

Note: COMM 2010 is recommended for both the two-course and three-three versions of this concentration. No more than one DTH course can be taken in this concentration.

Video, Audio and Broadcasting Studies

  •  ART 3004 Multimedia**
  •  ART 3062 Computer Animation**
  •  ART 4033 Interactive Design**
  •  ART 4062 Computer Animation**
  •  ART 4076 Artists Video**
  •  ART 4090 Art & Design for the Web**
  •  DTH 4004 Acting for the Camera
  •  DTH 4015 Acting for the Camera II
  •  MUA 3011 Audio Recording Technique II**
  •  SOC 3050 Mass Media and Society
  •  SOC 3055 Media and Social Change
  •  SOC 3088 Images of Women in Popular Culture
  •  COMM 3030 History of TV and Radio
  •  COMM3044 Feminist Media Theory
  •  COMM3046 Convergent Media/Divergent Voices
  •  COMM 3070 Media Ethics
  •  COMM 3071 Minorities and the Media
  •  COMM 3072 Media Industries & Info Technology: From Gutenberg to the  Internet
  •  ENG 3173 Queer Film and Media Studies
  •  COMM 4025 Topics in Advanced TV/Video*

Note: no more than one DTH course can be taken in this concentration.

Film and Photography Studies

  • ARH 1030 History of Photography
  • ARH 3072 Women Photographers
  • ART 4008 Photographic Essay**
  • ART 4010/48/49 Intermed./Adv. Photography/Color Photo./View Camera**
  • ART 4067 Digital Photography and Computer Imaging**
  • COMM 3044 Feminist Media Theory
  • COMM3070 Media Ethics
  • DTH 4004 Acting for the Camera
  • DTH 4015 Acting for the Camera II
  • ENW 4004 Screenwriting Workshop II
  • ENG 2083 Intro to Film Criticism
  • ENG 2080 American Film
  • ENG 3028 History of Cinema I
  • ENG 3029 History of Cinema II
  • ENG 3075 Film Theory
  • ENG 2076/3076 Women's Film
  • ENG 3173 Queer Film and Media Studies
  • ENG 4010 Major Film Directors
  • ENG 4020 Topics in Film Genre
  • ENG 4030 Topics in National and Regional Cinemas

Note: no more than two ENG, two ART or one DTH course can be taken in this concentration.

The senior seminar/senior evaluation requirement can be met in one of three ways:

  • Students can take a second seminar course, provided that it is in a different area of study than their first/core seminar; see the program director about eligible courses.
  • Students interested in media production who have taken the advanced digital media course COMM4025 can take it a second time as seniors, with the explicit goal of creating material suitable for an "audition reel".
  • Students interested in graduate study in the field or who are highly motivated and show the talent for advanced, independent research can present a proposal with a bibliography and, if approved by a majority of the members centrally affiliated with the department, undertake COMM3998 Advanced Research Project.

Students should take at least one other class besides COMM1001 (such as Oral Presentation, Introduction to Film Criticism, Journalism, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, or Introduction to Digital Media and TV Production) during their first two years at the College.  Prerequisites for Art classes should also be taken during one's first two years. 

It is highly recommended that Theories of Communication be taken in the fall of one's sophomore or junior year and not delayed until senior year.  A first seminar course should be taken during junior year as well.


Distinction will be conferred on graduating seniors who have a 3.6 G.P.A. in coursework for the major, a grade of A- or higher on their overall senior evaluation and who have contributed to the program.  Students who maintain a 3.7 G.P.A. within the major and meet the other requirements listed here will be granted honors.

Minor Requirements


A minor in communication studies consists of six courses; the one production course is not liberal arts. A maximum of three courses (half the minor) can transferred in from another institution for minor credit. 

  • The following course introducing communication studies: COMM 1001
  • The following course in speech and interpersonal communication: COMM2009
  • One of the following courses in written media communication: ENW 3005, ENW 4011, ENW 4012, ENW 4003, ENW 4004, DTH 3244.
  • One of the following courses in film or photography studies: ARH 1030, ENG 2080, ENG 2083, ENG 2088, ENG 2089, ENG 3075, ENG 2076/3076, ENG 4010, ENG 4020, ENG 4030. Check with the relevant department about any pre-requisites. Doing a Comm minor does not guarantee you entry to a given course. 
  • One course in the production of visual or aural communication (all are non-liberal arts)**: COMM 2050, ART 3004, ART 3035, ART 3062, ART 3064, ART 4004, ART 4008, ART4010, ART 4048, ART 4049, ART 4067, ART 4076, ART 4090, MUA 1007, MUA 2011.  Check with Studio Art and Music about courses that have prerequisites.
  • One of the following upper-level courses, typically requiring a research paper: COMM 3030, COMM3044, COMM 3046, SOC 3050, SOC 3088, ARH 3072, COMM 3070, COMM 3071, COMM 3072, COMM 3080, ENG 3075, ENG 3173, ENG 4030. Check with the relevant department about any pre-requisites for a given course; doing a Comm minor does not in itself guarantee you entry to a course without the prerequisites.

Note: Any one course may not cover two areas; six courses are still required for the minor.  Some COMM courses (e.g. COMM 2010, 2021, 2022, 2030, etc.) cannot be used to satisfy the minor.

Internships: Manhattanville's location enables students to take advantage of the considerable resources of Westchester county and New York City to obtain internships with newspapers, radio stations, advertising and public relations firms, television and other media production companies, and more.  Students with sufficient communication studies backgrounds are strongly encouraged to do internships during summers or the regular academic year, and have interned successfully with TV and radio programs, leading PR and publishing firms, and independent filmmakers. The earliest one can do an internship is the summer after one's sophomore year. Please note that Comm internships are ** non-liberal arts and do not count for major or minor credit.