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Major Requirements

Course Requirements


Students in the major may take CMN 394 ADVANCED COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP and/or CMN 395 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP SPECIAL TOPICS (when work relates to the major). In order to take CMN 394 or CMN 395, students must have completed two of the four communication core classes (CMN 101 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION, CMN 102 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION, CMN 103 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION, CMN 104 PUBLIC SPEAKING), two courses in the chosen major and have fulfilled internship program eligibility requirements. ​

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

HAA 277


This course examines the history of cinema as one of the most influential cultural forms of the 20th Century. We will study the aesthetic and technological developments of cinema during its first 50 years, as well as examine the social and economic factors shaping its history. Initially influenced by other art forms (theater, literature, painting) filmmaking quickly acquired its own formal system, language, and traditions. We will trace the changing styles, techniques, content, and methods of filmmaking as an art form, as popular culture, and as an industry. We will consider how cinema is bound to its social context via audience relations, economics, technology, and ideology. The limited scope of this course will cover primarily feature-length, narratives films as the dominant mode of filmmaking, although we will also look at the development of documentary and experimental filmmaking. The class will consist of lectures, screenings, and discussions. Cross-listed with MCS 207 & DC 207.

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