Dr. Susan McFarlane-Alvarez
Mailing Address and Location
Communication and Media Studies
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260
We are located in the Music Education Building, on the shore of Swan Lake and adjacent to Spivey Hall. A campus map is available.
(For official requirements, see the Clayton State University
A printable, one-page summary of the minor is available in PDF format (34kb).
Clayton State students majoring in other BA and BS programs
may also earn a minor in CMS. The minor requires a minimum of 18
hours, which can also apply toward the elective requirements of
many other majors. Graduates earning a CMS minor will receive
official recognition of this achievement on their university
The CMS program focuses on broad-based and adaptable skills
that can enrich the lives of graduates in many diverse fields.
The ability to write and speak well, the ability to think
critically about differing media and modes of communication, the
ability to recognize quality in written, visual, and multimedia
texts--these are fundamental skills for life within a culture
increasingly defined by the movement of information.
In addition, there is a strong call from the business
community for graduates with good communication skills, and the
CMS minor at Clayton State offers students an excellent
opportunity to enhance their skills and marketability for future
Students wishing to declare a minor in CMS complete the same
application process required to become a CMS major. See the
Admission to CMS page for further information.
The minor in CMS consists of 18 semester hours. The following
courses are required:
The remaining 9 hours may be satisfied by taking any three
upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) courses with a CMS or COMM
prefix. Lists of specific courses are available on the pages
devoted to the CMS core and
Students in the minor may not take or apply the
internship classes CMS 3901, CMS 3902, or CMS 3903.
Students who choose to apply either CMS 2100 or COMM 1110 toward their General Education core requirements must substitute another course to meet the 18-hour requirement for the CMS minor. As substitutes, students may use any 3000-level or higher course with a CMS or COMM prefix, except the internship classes.
Students must complete a one-page minor graduation
application and submit it to the Registrar along with their
bachelor's degree applications. The application is available
below in PDF format. Right-click the link to save the file to your computer.
Please note: The minor application must be signed by
the CMS coordinator before it is submitted to the Registrar. The
university's application deadlines are strictly enforced, and
the Registrar will not accept the failure to obtain this
signature in a timely manner as a legitimate reason for missing