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Degree Requirements

Corporate Communication Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students completing this program as of spring 2013 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

    General-Education Requirements
    (43 credits)

    Complete these courses with a grade of C- or better:

    • English Composition
    • Mathematics
    • Oral Communication
    • Literature
    • History or Philosophy
    • Fine Arts
    • Computer Literacy
    • Social and Behavioral Science 1
    • Social and Behavioral Science 2
    • Biological and Physical Science
      • Laboratory course, 4 credits
      • Non-laboratory course


    Complete three courses with a grade of C or better:

    • Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300)
      completing WRIT 101 and either passing the writing placement test or successfully completing WRIT 200 required
    • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)


    and one of the following:

    • World Cultures (IDIS 301)
    • Arts and Ideas (IDIS 304)
      required if no lower-level general-education course in fine arts

    Corporate Communication Program Requirements (48 credits)

    Core Courses (36 credits)

    • Computer Graphics: Publishing (CMAT 211)*
    • Computer Graphics: Imaging (CMAT 212)*
    • Project Management I: Principles (CMAT 351)
      replace with CMAT 340: Survey of Digital Communication or CMAT 342: The Rhetoric of Digital Communication
    • Media Literacy (CMAT 352)
    • Principles of Design (CMAT 357)
      formerly Print Design
    • Digital Design (CMAT 358)
      formerly Electronic Design
    • Communication Technologies (CMAT 451)
    • Project Management (CMAT 458)
      formerly Project Management II: Practices
    • Writing for Digital Media (WRIT 361)
      formerly Writing for the Media

    *Transfer students: See Computer Graphics Competency Requirement below.

    and one of the following:

    • Internship in Corporate Communication (CMAT 407)
    • Portfolio Development (CMAT 480)

    and one of the following advanced writing courses:

    • Argument & Persuasion (WRIT 314)
    • Techniques of Popularization (WRIT 317)
    • Writing, Editing & Publishing (WRIT 330)
    • Public Relations Writing (WRIT 331)
    • Creative Writing Workshop: Screenwriting (WRIT 363)
    • Syntax, Semantics & Style (WRIT 380)

    and one of the following background & ideas courses:

    • Great Plays (ENGL 337)
    • Modern Drama (ENGL 338)
    • The American Dream (ENGL 346)
    • Ancient Mythology & Modern Myth (ENGL 351)
    • Images of Love (ENGL 354)
    • The Hero & the Quest (ENGL 361)
    • Shakespeare: Kings, Knaves & Fools (ENGL 364)
    • Shakespeare: Love, Myth & Metamorphosis (ENGL 365)
    • The Great Moderns (ENGL 450)
    • Communication Theory & Learning (CMAT 355)
    • Mass Media & Society (CMAT 371)
    • Representing Reality (CMAT 381)

    Major Electives (12 credits)

    With the advice and consent of your adviser, complete four approved courses from areas including writing, graphic design, media and multimedia production, advertising and public relations, and media management.

    General Electives

    • First Year Seminar: Applied Learning and Study Skills (IDIS 101), 2 credits
      freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

    Complete as many courses from as necessary any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement, including these recommended electives:

    at least one of the following:

    • Decoding Media (CMAT 231)
    • Interpreting Pop Culture (CMAT 271)

    and at least one of the following:

    • Introduction to Design (CMAT 215)
    • Designing with Type (CMAT 216)


    Information Literacy Requirement

    Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

    • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)

    or both of the following courses:

    • Communication Technologies (CMAT 451)
    • Project Management (CMAT 458)
      formerly Project Management II: Practices

  • Computer Graphics Competency Requirement for Transfer Students

    Transfer students: You can satisfy this requirement by:
    • successful completion of CMAT 211 and CMAT 212
    • approved transfer credit
    • competency examination (PDF) (you must fulfill an additional 6 credits of general electives)
    • or CMAT 350: Workshop in Computer Graphics (you must fulfill an additional 3 credits of general electives).
  • Participation Requirement

    Participate in five approved co-curricular activities during your UB career: lectures, workshops, conferences, professional association meetings, etc. Only one of the five may be a software workshop. For more information on this requirement, view the Participation Events Handout (PDF).

    You must have participated in these activities by the time you apply for graduation on the first Friday of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Failure to comply could delay graduation and freeze your transcript. You may do all five in one semester or spread them out over your UB tenure; it's up to you.

    We will e-mail events announcements to your UB e-mail address as we learn of applicable opportunities. If you are not receiving the updates or would like to attend an event that's not on the list, please contact us.

    Within one week of the event, write a paper that includes your name, the name and date of the event, and a three-or-four sentence summary of your reaction to the event. Make sure you keep a copy. Submit a printed copy of the summary to Julie Simon's mailbox in the Liberal Arts and Policy Building (10 W. Preston St.) to insure you get proper credit.

    Check out the many film, video and digital workshops from Creative Alliance, any of which count toward your participation requirements.

  • Special Opportunities

    Full-time UB students may enroll in one approved 3-credit course per semester at the Maryland Institute College of Art (special permission from the program director and MICA required).

as of spring 2013