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Our Media Track was developed in conjunction with new courses in media relations writing, media relations campaigns, and media analysis. The goal of this track is to provide students with practical, hands-on experience with media relations applications and strategies, new media technologies, and current and emerging mass communication practices. This track provides professional skills in media management and public relations. You will be introduced to old and new technologies as well as more challenging issues related to research of new communication technologies.

Media analysis (CMST 4898) will teach you to critically analyze media messages; explore how political, social, and economic forces affect media messages; and discuss how media content affects media users. In media relations writing (CMST 3757) and media relations campaigns (CMST 3717), you will learn how to write press releases and ad content for different types of media and how to plan and implement a public relations, marketing, and advertising campaign using a variety of mass media outlets. Because media relations campaigns and information technology skills are often applied in business settings, you will take a course in organizational cultures (CMST 4859) to prepare you to use your media skills in diverse organizational settings.

Possible Careers

  • Advertising
  • Agent (e.g., sports, entertainment)
  • Web Designer/Director
  • Writer
  • Community Relations
  • News Service Researcher
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Market Research
  • Information Management
  • Media Buyer/Ad Sales
  • Audience/Media Research

Complementary Minors

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Art & Technology
  • Language
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Systems Programming
  • Integrated Technologies
  • Journalism
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia and Web Design
  • Photography
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Telecommunication Studies

Students majoring in communication studies must successfully complete all core courses and one of the specified tracks for a total of 39 semester hours in CMST. Students must complete 18 credits of 3000- and 4000-level courses in the CMST major. Students must also complete all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree, including the completion of an approved academic minor. 

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement (e.g., MATH 2623, STAT 2625)3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language 15504
Foreign Language 26004
Major Requirements
CMST 2600Communication Theory3
CMST 2630Social Media Literacy3
CMST 2655Communication in Groups and Organizations3
CMST 2656Interpersonal Communication3
CMST 3700Designing Communication Research3
CMST 4899Senior Project3
Media Track
CMST 3717Intro to Media Relations Campaigns3
CMST 3756Interviewing3
CMST 3757Media Relations Writing3
CMST 4850Social Media Campaigns3
CMST 4851New Communication Media3
CMST 4859Organizational Cultures3
CMST 4898Media Analysis3
Minor Requirements (note that some minors require more than 18 credits)18
Electives (note that students must complete 39 hours of upper division courses; 37xx and above)17
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
MATH XXXX Approved General Education 3
AH XXXX Arts & Humanities 3
NS XXXX Natural Science GER + lab 4
 Semester Hours17-18
CMST 2600 Communication Theory 3
CMST 2630 Social Media Literacy 3
CMST 2656 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
CMST 2655 Communication in Groups and Organizations 3
Minor Course 3
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
NS XXXX GER Natural Science 3
Foreign Language 1550 4
 Semester Hours16
CMST 3756 Interviewing 3
Minor Course 3
AH XXXX GER Arts & Humanities 3
SS XXXX GER Social Sciences 3
Foreign Language 2600 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
CMST 3700 Designing Communication Research 3
CMST 3717 Intro to Media Relations Campaigns 3
CMST 4859 Organizational Cultures 3
SS XXXX Social Sciences GER 3
Upper-division General Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
CMST 3757 Media Relations Writing 3
CMST 4898 Media Analysis 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
GER XXXX General Education Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
CMST 4850 Social Media Campaigns 3
CMST 4851 New Communication Media 3
Upper-division Minor course 3
Upper-division General Elective 3
Upper-division General Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
CMST 4899 Senior Project 3
Upper-division Minor course 3
Upper-division General Elective 3
Upper-division General Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours121-122


Regardless of track, students graduating with a B.A. degree in communication studies will:

  • differentiate between key theories and concepts in communication
  • find, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize academic research in communication studies
  • demonstrate verbal and nonverbal competence

Students completing their degree in communication studies are uniquely qualified to enter the job market and compete effectively throughout their careers for advancement and promotion.

Through course offerings and applied learning experiences, the communication studies program combines a rich liberal arts emphasis with a much needed specialized professional and career focus for undergraduate students.