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Emerging Communication Technologies Specialization


The Emerging Communication Technologies (ECT) specialization offers students opportunities to explore and investigate how people communicate and connect through, interact with, and are influenced by various forms of emerging media technologies.

List of Core courses and faculty for Emerging COM Technologies specializationAreas of studies include (but are not limited to)

  • mobile communication
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • robots and virtual agents
  • virtual/augmented/mixed realities (VR/AR/MR)
  • other immersive technologies.

Theoretically, students will study the social, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of the design, use, and effect of these emerging communication technologies in various areas such as business, healthcare, and social/cultural issues.

As a result, students will acquire professional insights of developing user-facing media strategies which is increasingly becoming a coveted quality sought after by the media, technology and entertainment industry. Students will also gain perspectives on how to use new media technologies to offer creative and innovative solutions to critical problems such as social justice, health disparities, and cultural competency.

A unique trait of this cutting-edge specialization in communication studies is that it offers interdisciplinary courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including

  • Journalism & Professional Writing
  • Design & Creative Technology from the School of the Arts and Communication
  • Marketing and Information Systems & Technology from the School of Business
  • Computer Sciences from the School of Science.

COM Program Planner Updated 8-2023  *Updated 2023-2024 Academic Year


Core Course Selection for Emerging Communication Technologies Specialization (5)

COM 103: Introduction to Communication Theory

COM 117: Introduction to Film Studies or COM 118: Introduction to Television Studies or COM 172: Introduction to Media Communication or COM 242: Interpersonal Communication or COM 292: Health Communication

  • If not used for a core requirement, these courses may be used as electives.

COM 265: Emerging Communication Technologies

COM 345: New Media and Health Communication

COM 390: Methods of Communication Research and Analysis or COM 385:  Intercultural Communication (formerly COM 411)

Specialization Electives (4, include at least 2 COM courses)

*Courses with asterisk – may be in process of curriculum update and/or approval.  Please consult PAWS for a current list of active coursework.

Communication Studies Computer Science Design & Creative Technology Journalism & Professional Writing Marketing Information Systems Technology
COM 117: Intro. to Film Studies (if not taken as core course) CSC 102: Introduction to Computational Thinking IMM 120: Introduction to Interactive Computing (Crosslisted as CSC 101) JPW 250: Writing for Interactive Media **As of Spring 2024, Writing for User Experience. MKT 370: Digital Marketing Strategy/Analytics IST 320: Database Management for Business
COM 118: Intro. to TV Studies (if not taken as core course) IMM 170: What’s New is Old: A History of Innovation JPW 301: Data Journalism IST 340: Web Design & Development
COM 172: Intro. to Media COM (if not taken as core course) JPW 322: The Future of the News
COM 201: Social Media: History, Theory, Practice
COM 212: Intro to Digital Filmmaking
COM 220: Editing for Social Media (formerly COM 370)
COM 242: Interpersonal COM (if not taken as core course)
COM 270: Digital Advertising*
COM 292: Health COM (if not taken as core course)
COM 310: Theories of Persuasion
COM 312: Intermediate Video: Art of Editing
COM 325: Writing for Film & Television **As of AY 2024-2025
COM 365: Communication Approaches to User Experience *as of Spring 2024
COM 385: Intercultural Communication (formerly COM 411) (if not taken as core course)
COM 390: Methods of COM Research & Analysis (if not taken as core course)
COM 394: Global Health & Risk Communication Campaigns (formerly COM 460)
COM 487: Advanced Student-Faculty Research
COM 370 Special Topics: Advocacy Communication in the Digital Age
COM 370 Special Topics: Digital Technology & Relationships
COM 370 Special Topics: AI-Driven Conversational Agents*
COM 370 Special Topics: Virtual Reality for Social and Health Impact*

Communication Studies Electives (Pick 3 Communication Courses)

Topics in Communication Studies (COM 270 or 370), Internship (COM 399), and Independent Study (COM 391) may be taken to complete the major.

One unit each of internships or independent studies may count as electives toward the major.