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Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate | Degree Requirements

As a unit of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department provides its students with a strong liberal arts education that emphasizes critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, persuasive communication, and research writing. Please feel free to contact an Undergraduate Advisor at any time for questions regarding CMCL degree requirements.

* Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this page, the final authority on courses and CMCL degree requirements rests with the current Bulletin. Check the current Schedule of Classes for updated courses offerings.

Undergraduate Curriculum

CMCL’s curriculum is focused on the study of communication  as it occurs in a variety of cultural contexts.  We engage communication through language, embodied gesture, sound, and the visual by exploring: overtly political acts (e.g., legal decisions, social movement protests, and memorial dedications); staged and everyday performances (e.g., comedy acts, festivals, tours, and social networking); and the production, circulation, exhibition, and reception of media (e.g., cinema, radio, television, video, photography, internet, and mobile digital devices).  The faculty and students are motivated  by cultural politics, practices, theories, and histories within the U.S. and internationally, including questions about identity, communities, representation, and power inequities.  CMCL’s wide range of interactions, objects, and investments aims to prepare students  how to learn from, intervene in, and adapt to the ever-changing world in the 21st century as citizens and professionals.  

To provide an interdisciplinary and flexible opportunity for undergraduates, the CMCL curriculum requires only two 
introductory-level courses for majors. CMCL-C 190 Introduction to Media is designed to introduce students to the basic vocabularies and the skills required to critically analyze media texts, institutions, apparatuses, and audiences within specific cultural contexts.  CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture is designed to present students with a broad overview of theories and perspectives that characterize scholarship in communication.

If you are interested in majoring in CMCL, you can create a  highly individualized curriculum to suit your needs, interests,  and goals.  It is possible, for example, to limit yourself primarily  to courses that focus on one of the three disciplinary orientations  in the department—(1) rhetoric & public culture, (2) performance  & ethnography, or (3) film & media—or focus on a topic of particular interest within or across any of these areas, such as: gender, sex,  and sexuality; race and ethnicity; international cultures and globalization; advertising and political economy; law and culture; democracy and social change; or film and video production.

Here are some of the courses we offer.

IUB Course Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree

For more detailed information, see the  General Education Bulletin (http://gened.iub.edu/) and the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

Note: The requirements listed below  apply to students who started at IUB in summer 2013 or later. Students who started at IUB prior to summer 2013 should consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin that corresponds to their matriculation date.

IUB General Education Common Ground Curriculum (GE):

1. Foundations: English Composition

Students must successfully complete, with a grade of C– or higher, one of the following courses:

CMLT-C 110 Writing the World (3 cr.)
ENG-W 131  Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
ENG-W 170  Introduction to Argumentative Writing: Projects in Reading and Writing,

2. Foundations: Mathematical Modeling

Students must successfully complete one of the following courses (or the MATH-D 116–D 117 sequence):

MATH-D 116 and D 117   Introduction to Finite Mathematics I and II (2 cr. + 2 cr.)
MATH-J 113  Introduction to Calculus with Applications (3 cr.)
MATH-M 118  Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
MATH-V 118  Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite Mathematics for the Social
and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
MATH-V 118   Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite and Consumer Math (3 cr.)
MATH-S 118   Honors Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
MATH-M 119   Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
MATH-M 211   Calculus I (4 cr.)
MATH-M 213   Accelerated Calculus (4 cr.)

Note: MATH-D 116–D 117 is a two-course sequence. Credit is not given for D 116 until D 116 is completed with a minimum grade of C– and D 117 is completed with a passing grade.

3. Breadth of Inquiry: Arts & Humanities
Students must successfully complete at least two courses, for a total of at least 6 cr., from the list of GenEd-approved A&H courses.

4. Breadth of Inquiry: Social & Historical Studies
Students must successfully complete at least two courses, for a total of at least 6 cr., from the list of GenEd-approved S&H courses.

5. Breadth of Inquiry: Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Students must successfully complete one of the following two options:
At least two courses, for a total of at least 5 cr., from the list of GenEd-approved N&M courses. At least one of these courses must be a natural science course (as indicated by an asterisk* in the course listing).

OR

One of the following 5 cr. GenEd-approved N&M courses with a substantial lab component:

ANAT-A 215   Basic Human Anatomy
BIOL-L 100    Humans and the Biological World
CHEM-C 103  Introduction to Chemical Principles
CHEM-C 117  Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry
PHSL-P 215   Basic Human Physiology
PHYS-P 201   General Physics I
PHYS-P 202   General Physics II

Note: A course used to satisfy the Mathematical Modeling Foundations requirement will not also count toward the GE Breadth of Inquiry Natural and Mathematical Sciences requirement.

6. World Languages & Cultures – this requirement is satisfied by the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement (fourth semester proficiency in a language)

College of Arts and Sciences
Education Requirements (CASE):

 




Credit Hours
Foundations
 
English Composition 3
Mathematical Modeling 3-4
Intensive Writing 3
Foreign Language
Four-semester sequence
10-18
Breadth of Inquiry
 
Arts and Humanities (four courses: 2 for General Education and 2 for CASE) 12
Social and Historical Studies (four courses: 2 for General Education and 2 for CASE) 12
Natural and Mathematical Sciences (four courses; OR three courses, one of which must be a single 5-credit course that includes a substantial lab component. General Education requires either two courses, one of which must be a natural science course, OR a single 5-credit course that includes a substantial lab component. CASE requires two additional N&M courses; Mathematical Modeling course does count as one of the required CASE N&M courses) 11-12
Culture Studies
 
One course from "Diversity in the U.S." and one course from "Global Civilizations and Cultures 6
Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences 3
Major Concentration 25-42 (30 cr for CMCL major)
Electives 7-34
Total Credit Hours 122
including a minimum of 100 credit hours inside the College  

Major Concentration (CMCL) Number of Credit Hours

The CMCL major or minor may be declared by meeting with a CMCL undergraduate advisor.  

The CMCL major requires all the General Education and CASE requirements plus 30 credit hours in the department, which must include: 

  • CMCL-C 190 Introduction to Media (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3 cr.)
  • No more than 6 credit hours at the 100 level (C190 counts as 3 of these credits)
  • At least 15 credit hours of upper-division (300/400 level) courses in the department, of which at least 6 credit hours must be at the 400 level 

NOTE: Although academic advisors are available to offer guidance concerning degree requirements and course selection, students are responsible for planning their own programs and for meeting all degree requirements for graduation. 

Minor in Communication and Culture

The CMCL minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in the department, including the following: