Jul 18, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Communication, Media, and Design, B.S.


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The B.S. in Communication, Media, and Design requires a total of 124 credit hours.

The Communication and Media Department mission emphasizes language, media theory, and design in multicultural, multimedia environments. 

The new undergraduate program is designed to train versatile, professional, and creative communicators across a broad range of media literacies, genres, and formats.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Math Elective Credit Hours: 4

CMD Gateway Course


Choose One:
Substitution available if a student adds COMD major after their first year. Consult with HASS Student Services or COMD advisor on appropriate substitutions.

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Math Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall


  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Major Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Major Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


Please note: The third year of the program varies depending upon which semester the student chooses to take away following The Arch Summer Semester classes. Please note the following differences in curriculum:

  • If students are going to be away during the Fall semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Fall Away Track for year three of their program.
     
  • If students are going to be away during the Spring semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Spring Away Track for year three of their program.

The Arch Summer Semester*


*For more information on the ARCH process, please click here: The Arch 

  • Major Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Major Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


Fourth Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4 1
  • Major Elective Credit Hours: 4 1

 

Footnotes


  1. Major Elective: 20 credits of COMM, LITR, WRIT, or LANG to obtain further depth in their major in consultation with a faculty adviser. 12 credits of the major electives must be taken at the 4000-level.

 

 

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