Whether you plan to spend your career online, in a laboratory setting, or at a business, you'll need to communicate ideas clearly and easily. A minor in Mass Communication is designed for students interested in the general principles of broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.

Course Catalog

A complete list of minor requirements and courses are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirements

The minor requirements consist of the two courses listed below in addition to four 300-level or 400-level Mass Communication courses. Each concentration (broadcasting, journalism, and public relations) also has specific course requirements.

The history of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, cinema, recording industry, and the internet, focusing on current events, civic responsibilities and the role, value of diversity when appropriate. 3 hours.
Recognizing news, gathering information, and writing news. Though the emphasis is on newspaper journalism, this is a foundational news writing course for all mass communication majors and minors. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: EH 102 [Min Grade: B].

Broadcasting

A minor in Mass Communication with a concentration in broadcasting involves the requires CMST 103 and CMST 210 as well as the courses outlined below.

Gathering and writing in-depth news; covering courts, police, schools, and county and city governments. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MC 210 [Min Grade: C] or CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
Practice in gathering and writing news, with experience in writing under pressure of deadlines and covering beats. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CMST 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 210 [Min Grade: C] or MC 106 [Min Grade: C].
Theories and models of communication in organizational settings. Analysis and diagnosis of communicative patterns and consideration of methods for implementing appropriate communication models in organizations. 3 hours.
Survey of public relations in the United States. Relationships among marketing, advertising, and public relations. 3 hours.
Theory and practice of propaganda with emphasis on mass media as tools of propagandist. Nazi, Soviet, and U.S. propaganda analyzed and critiqued in context of communication theory and ethics. 3 hours.

Journalism

A minor in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism involves the requires CMST 103 and CMST 210 as well as the courses outlined below.

Major theoretical approaches to issues involved in human communication. Various psychological and sociological conceptualizations of communication process. 3 hours.
Theory and practice in various types of interviews, such as employment, counseling, research, and journalistic. 3 hours.
Survey of public relations in the United States. Relationships among marketing, advertising and public relations. 3 hours.
Theory and practice of propaganda with emphasis on mass media as tools of propagandist. Nazi, Soviet, and U.S. propaganda analyzed and critiqued in context of communication theory and ethics. 3 hours.
Elements of nonverbal behavior (physical appearance, gestures, space, voice) which affect communication in person-to-person situations. 3 hours.

Public Relations

A minor in Mass Communication with a concentration in public relations involves the requires CMST 103 and CMST 210 as well as the courses outlined below.

Theory and practice of propaganda with emphasis on mass media as tools of propagandist. Nazi, Soviet, and U.S. propaganda analyzed and critiqued in context of communication theory and ethics. 3 hours.
Advanced speaking and delivery techniques in professional settings. Audience analysis, professional delivery, research, and application of theories of persuasion. 3 hours.
Elements of nonverbal behavior (physical appearance, gestures, space, voice) which affect communication in person-to-person situations. 3 hours.
Emerging cross-disciplinary field of political communication. Literature and propositions surrounding key approaches, methods, and substantive areas of inquiry in political communication. 3 hours.

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