Bachelor of Science in Communication: Journalism of Technology and Business

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Students earning the communication degree specialize in one of four areas: general communication, professional and technical communication (PTC), journalism of science (JS), or journalism of technology and business (JTB). All COM majors take coursework in editing, persuasion, communication law and ethics, and science and technology in society. PTC specialists add courses in document design, graphic and/or web design, linguistics, art and architectural history, and more. Journalism specialists add courses in journalism, mass media, and intercultural communication; JS specialists add courses in math and science, science writing, and philosophy of science, while JTB specialists take courses in economics, business, information technology, writing about technology, and history of technology.

Required Courses

Communication Requirements (9)
COM 371Persuasion3
COM 377Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 425Editing3
Journalism Requirements (12)
COM 372Mass Media and Society3
COM 421Technical Communication3
COM 435Intercultural Communication3
COM 440Introduction to Journalism3
Technology and Business Requirement (24)
BUS 210Financial and Managerial Accounting3
BUS 301Designing and Structuring the Organization for Strategic Decision-Making3
or BUS 371 Strategies for Reaching New Markets
ECON 211Principles of Economics3
ITM 301Introduction to Contemporary Operating Systems and Hardware I3
ITM 311Introduction to Software Development3
ITMD 361Fundamentals of Web Development3
ITMD 421Data Modeling and Applications3
ITMO 440Introduction to Data Networks and the Internet3
Mathematics and Computer Science Requirement (7)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D7
Natural Science and Engineering Requirements (11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D11
Science and Technology in Society (STS) Elective (6)
Select one of the following:6
History of Computing3
Technology in History: 1500-18503
Technology in History: 1850 to Present3
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Introduction to the Profession (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Minor Electives (15)
Recommended minors include: Business, Entrepreneurship, Computer Structures, Computer Architecture, Computer Networking, Internet Application Development, Information Technology and Management, or Technology and Human Affairs.15
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Communication: Journalism of Technology and Business Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Introduction to the Profession3CS 105 or 1102
MATH 1303BIOL 114
BIOL 117
BIOL 105
BIOL 109
4COM 3723
Humanities 200-level Course3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
 16 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
COM 3773COM 3713
COM 4213ECON 2113
COM 4353STS Elective13
ITM 3013Minor Elective3
PHYS 211 or CHEM 1223Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3 
 18 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 2103COM 4403
Minor Elective3MATH 4253
IPRO Elective I3ITM 3113
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Minor Elective3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ITMD 4213COM 4253
BUS 301 or 3713ITMD 3613
IPRO Elective II3ITMO 4403
STS Elective13Minor Elective3
Minor Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 127

Select from: HIST 375, HIST 382, or HIST 383.