Sep 30, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Communication (BA), Digital Media Emphasis

Communication Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Students may complete a minor approved by their academic advisor OR one of the tracks associated with any of the six interdisciplinary emphasis areas: Civic Advocacy, Digital Media, Interpersonal & Family Communication, Multimedia Journalism, Organizational Communication, Public Relations & Advertising, and Social Media & Data Analytics. A student may not receive both a major and a minor from the Department of Communication.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses is required for this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable), in addition to an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses.
  • Credit-Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. A total of 40 upper-division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above). Between 27-35 credits of upper-division are required within the major, depending on the selected emphasis.
  • Program Code: Communication (3017) with emphasis code Civic Advocacy (3051), Communication Studies/Communication Teaching (3016), Digital Media(3068), Interpersonal & Family (3053), Multimedia Journalism (3069), Multimedia Journalism/Communication Teaching (3070), Organizational Communication (3054), Public Relations and Strategic Communication (3123), Social Media & Data Analytics (3109).
  • CIPC: Communication (090101) with emphasis code Civic Advocacy (090904), Communication Studies/Communication Teaching (131399), Digital Media(090199), Interpersonal & Family (090101), Multimedia Journalism (099999), Multimedia Journalism/Communication Teaching (131399), Organizational Communication (090901), Public Relations and Strategic Communication (090999), Social Media & Data Analytics (090702).​

To enroll in upper-division Communication courses, a student must hold upper-division standing in the university. Students must complete at least 50 percent of their Communication coursework at Weber State University in order to receive a major or a minor in Communication.


Students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate department advisor depending on their selected emphasis. Refer to the Communication Department website for a current list of department advisors:

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study at the Communication Department office, Elizabeth Hall 330. No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses, required for the Communication major, will also satisfy General Education requirements: COMM 1020 HU , COMM 2010 HU , and COMM 2110 HU CEL .

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Writing: Write at a level expected of a professional communicator in a selected emphasis area.
  • Diversity: Be sensitive to difference and discrimination in society and value diversity.
  • Career Readiness: Be prepared to enter a professional career or graduate school.
  • Critical thinking: Use critical thinking to analyze information from a variety of perspectives for understanding, persuasive argument or problem solving.
  • Law/Ethics: Understand communication law and ethics to enable legal and ethical communication.
  • Theory: Understand how various communication theories have been developed, applied, and evaluated.
  • Research: Find peer-reviewed or professional research studies, be familiar with a variety of research methods, and interpret and analyze research data.
  • History: Know the history of the communication discipline and its societal and professional implications.
  • Media: Use and produce media to communicate messages.
  • Interpersonal/Small Group: Facilitate successful communication in interpersonal situations and small group settings.
  • Listening: Listen actively to acquire and analyze information.
  • Speaking: Speak clearly and persuasively in a one-on-one interpersonal interaction, and in front of small and large groups in a variety of contexts.

Emphasis Areas

Select one of the following emphasis areas in Communication:

  • Civic Advocacy
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations & Advertising
  • Social Media & Data Analytics

Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree

Students, regardless of their emphasis, must successfully complete required and elective Communication courses specified for each emphasis. Students must complete a minor approved by the department or the classes required in an interdisciplinary track.

Courses Required to Fulfill the BA (12 credit hours)

Complete either Option 1 or Option 2.

Option 1 - Foreign Language

  • Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) in a foreign language.

Digital Media Emphasis (45 credit hours)

An emphasis in Digital Media will teach students about the importance of deadlines, budgets, and the impact their actions have on a production team. Advanced students will gain understanding about the art and power of communicating messages through video, audio, and the web.

Students must complete a minor approved by their advisor or select one of the following interdisciplinary tracks:

  • Entertainment: acquire skills in production, writing, and content development to prepare to pursue further graduate study and careers within the entertainment industry.
  • Digital Media Production: acquire skills producing, writing, shooting, editing, directing, and distributing video content. Focused on creating and sharing institutional, educational, and commercial video productions.


Three of the following courses (9 credit hours)

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)


See department advisor for an approved list of non-Communication Department courses for the tracks (15 credit hours).