Majors and Minors
Students are entitled to graduate with the requirements outlined in academic catalog from their first year. For Lamb School students who entered Purdue prior to the 2019-2020 school year, this means they can graduate under the Lamb School's prior five-major structure or choose to switch to our new One Major, Eight Concentrations format.The Com Prerequisite sequence is still required of all Lamb School students.
Purdue's Brian Lamb School of Communication has long been regarded as one of the finest communication schools in the country with a strong commitment to undergraduate students. Because of this dedication to insure the best education possible, the school is enforcing a
All undergraduates begin their studies as pre-communication students and remain in this "major" until completion of the prerequisite courses. No other communication class except COM 100 or COM 114 may be taken until students are admitted as a communication major.
In order to be admitted as a communication major, students need to earn a 3.0 in COM 102, COM 204, and COM
All communication students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts. After students have completed the pre-communication requirements with the necessary GPA, students who entered
Mass Communication (includes professional & journalistic writing; media & society, and media production)
Public Relations & Strategic Communication (includes PR, advertising, argumentation, & campaigns)
A general communication major requires 30 credit hours. The four other majors, that provide greater depth of study, require 42 hours.
Instead of focusing on a particular area students may choose to study communication in general.
Courses available in:
Professional & Journalistic Writing
Journalistic Communication includes writing for mass communication, public affairs reporting, advanced reporting, and copy editing. The study of journalism not only stresses reporting and writing
skills,but also examines news as strategic communication.
Media & Society
Mass Communication classes analyze the mass media and the ways in which they influence individuals and societies through the creation of symbols. Through their studies, students investigate the role of mass media in society.
Telecommunications includes courses in video, digital and multi-media production. Courses translate
theoryof mass communication into practice.
Corporate Communication focuses on the theory, concepts, and skills necessary to understand how communication functions in and between organizations. Coursework provides a background in organizational development, communication training, personnel placement and assessment, supervision and management, labor relations, or internal communication systems development.
Courses available in:
PR includes instruction in persuasion, campaigns, writing, and image repair. The study of public relations provides a useful background for PR agencies, a company's PR division, or as a PR specialist or consultant.
Courses give undergraduates an understanding of the theory and practice of mass media advertising. This area emphasizes the planning, creation, and evaluation of advertising messages.
The College of Liberal Arts requires all students in the school to complete a core body of classes along with their major required courses.
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The School of Communication offers a minor in Communication to students of other schools.